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Horizon Partners Wins 2021-22 Private Equity Deal of the Year in the $100M to $250M Category at the 21st Annual M&A Advisor Awards

New York, NY – November 15, 2022 – The M&A Advisor recently honored the winners of the prestigious M&A Advisors Awards at their 21st annual gala in New York City. The independently governed awards recognize M&A excellence in numerous categories spanning value-creating transactions, outstanding firms, top professionals, and legendary leaders in mergers and acquisitions.

At the awards, Horizon Partners won the 2021-22 Private Equity Deal of the Year in the $100M to $250M category for advising EverTrue and ThankView on its merger and recapitalization by Rubicon Technology Partners. Horizon Partners has received significant recognition in recent years for its bespoke, artisanal M&A advisory model and top-of-market client transaction results. In addition to being named “Boutique Investment Bank of the Year” from the M&A Atlas Awards in 2020 and winning “2021 Growth Equity Deal of the Year”, Horizon and its professionals have garnered numerous industry honors for excellence in deal making and client advisory, including several “Transaction of the Year” and “Investment Banker of the Year” awards at both the M&A Atlas Awards and M&A Advisor Awards galas.  

Regarding Horizon’s work on their transaction, EverTrue and ThankView co-founders Brent Grinna and JD Beebe said: 

“The Horizon Partners team is not only comprised of the best bankers in the business, they are genuinely decent human beings who truly care about their clients. While there are numerous reasons why we are grateful to have hired Horizon, the most salient is that they were ultimately highly successful stewards of our complex sponsor-backed merger and recapitalization.  To reach the tremendous financial, strategic, and partnership outcome with Rubicon, Horizon at times slotted in operationally, putting on their CFO, strategy, and corporate development hats to help us make important decisions.  This high-touch approach was critical in Horizon’s becoming so well versed in the nuances of the market and combined business that they could masterfully pitch that combined entity to many investors not familiar with such exotic initial transactions.

In comparing our respective experiences post deal, it jumped out to us that in Brent’s pre-CEO career working in the investment banking and private equity industries, he never encountered a senior banker set as hands on and committed as Mike and Sandy (and he worked with exceptional folks!). From our initial kick-off through close, Horizon was more than just our advisor. They were truly partners who joined our respective teams. As we told the Horizon team at the end of our process, we are a “10” on the NPS scale in enthusiastically recommending their services to our peers. If you’re considering working with Horizon or if you’re curious to learn more about why we feel so strongly, shoot us connection requests and mention that in the note. We would be happy to discuss further.”

Of the award, Horizon co-founder and Managing Director Mike Firmage said “We are grateful for each of our clients and are thrilled that EverTrue & ThankView have garnered the recognition that they deserve.  We are thrilled with the EverTrue & ThankView | Rubicon transaction and partnership, are grateful for the trust of the co-founders, and appreciate The M&A Advisor’s recognition of the exceptional outcome.”For more information, please visit

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