Horizon Partners Wins M&A Deal of the Year in the $250M to $500M Category at the M&A Atlas Awards

New York City – November 17, 2021 – Global M&A Network recently honored the winners of the prestigious M&A Atlas Awards (Americas) during a gala held in New York City for the 20th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. 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 M&A Deal of the Year in the $250M to $500M category for advising PDQ.com on its majority recapitalization with TA Associates. 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, 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. 

“The award recipients represent the finest in the M&A industry this past year and earned these honors by standing out in a group of extremely impressive finalists,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder of The M&A Advisor.

Regarding Horizon’s work on their transaction, PDQ co-founders Shawn Anderson and Shane Corellian said:

“In the process of bootstrapping our software business to substantial scale and profitability, we were fortunate to work with many exceptional operators, advisors, and industry thought leaders.  So, when we entrusted Horizon to manage our private equity process, we had very high expectations.  After working with the Horizon team to close a large transaction with our ideal partner, we are pleased to say that they delivered 100%.  Not only did they exceed our lofty expectations in terms of professionalism, work-ethic, efficiency, and the ultimate transaction valuation, but they did so while being heavily involved operationally and strategically.  As one of our investors put it, “Mike flat understood the intricacies of the PDQ business — from the numbers to the product and strategy — in a way that private equity firms rarely see from advisors”…and we would add that he (and the entire Horizon team) did so while showing a level of respect, grace in difficult circumstances, and foresight that made our entire executive team miss them after the deal closed and they were off to the next transaction.  For these and a multitude of other reasons, we can unequivocally recommend Horizon to any entrepreneur in the fortunate position to hire them.  Bottom line: if you do have the opportunity to work with them, you’ll be extremely glad that you did.”

Of the award, Horizon co-founder and Managing Director Mike Firmage said “We are grateful for each of our clients and are thrilled that PDQ has garnered the recognition that it deserves for becoming one of the best bootstrapped software businesses in the world.  We are thrilled with the PDQ | TA transaction and partnership, are grateful for the trust of PDQ’s founders, and appreciate Global M&A Network’s recognition of the exceptional outcome at the Atlas Awards.”

For more information, please visit www.horizonpartners.com.

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