Bridgepoint Expands Investment Banking Staff to Support Continued Growth

December 19, 2013 – Bridgepoint Merchant Banking is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Edgar Lopez as Investment Banking Associate and Jon Powell as Financial Analyst to support continued firm growth and robust deal flow volume. Capital markets’ support for leveraged transactions and improving broader economic growth continue to contribute to the resurgence of M&A activity, particularly in the Midwest.

“We continue to see many deals in the works with momentum in closings expected to continue in the fourth quarter and into the first quarter of 2014,” said Matt Plooster, Managing Principal of Bridgepoint Merchant Banking. “We are also seeing healthy deal flow the Midwest region, particularly in the lower and middle markets.” The recent hires will be dedicated to providing support services for merger and acquisition and corporate finance advisory transactions.

Mr. Lopez joins Bridgepoint from Strategic Growth Bank, a bank holding company headquartered in El Paso, Texas, where he most recently served as an investment banking Associate. In addition, Mr. Lopez previously worked in Sallie Mae’s Private Credit Portfolio Division managing restructuring projects for the company. Mr. Lopez is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with concentrations in Strategic Management and Operational Management. Mr. Lopez is also a graduate of the Academy of Finance sponsored by the National Academy Foundation.

Mr. Powell joined Bridgepoint having completed an internship with the PSD Group as an Investment Banking Consultant in Shanghai, China. Mr. Powell also previously worked at Wells Fargo.

About Bridgepoint Merchant Banking

Bridgepoint Merchant Banking, a division of Bridgepoint Holdings, LLC, is a lower and middle market investment banking and private equity firm. The Bridgepoint team, through their broker dealer relationship with M&A Securities Group, serves clients over their corporate lifecycles by providing merger and acquisition and corporate finance advisory services. Bridgepoint Merchant Banking also invests capital directly into companies through its private equity and venture capital funds.

To learn more about Bridgepoint, please visit www.bridgepointmb.com.