James Mackay Joins Bridgepoint Merchant Banking as Managing Principal

September 1, 2016 – Bridgepoint Merchant Banking (“Bridgepoint”), a middle-market investment banking firm, is pleased to announce the recent addition of James Mackay as Managing Principal. Mr. Mackay joins the firm’s Des Moines, IA office to support continued growth and client service to capitalize on strong capital markets activity.

“Jim has a distinguished career and a strong history of developing lasting relationships with his clients,” said Adam Claypool, Bridgepoint Managing Principal.  “He has achieved trusted advisor status with his clients based on extensive knowledge of M&A and private equity, including complex transactions across industries and structures.  We’re thrilled to welcome Jim to our growing Midwest-focused firm.”

Mr. Mackay joins Bridgepoint with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, successfully managing numerous merger and acquisition transactions and debt and equity financings. Prior to Bridgepoint, Mr. Mackay served as Senior Advisor at LWBJ Capital Advisors where he helped build-out its investment banking practice. Prior to LWBJ, Mr. Mackay was the President and CEO of a $4.6 billion institutional investment advisor and was senior vice president of strategic development for H&R Block Financial Advisors.  For 10 years he served as President and CEO of Allied Securities, a regional corporate and public finance securities firm owned by Allied Group Insurance.

Mr. Mackay is active in M&A advisory and succession planning for privately held companies.  He also has significant experience advising companies with early, growth and later stage financings.  He has also been a principal in funding and operating three successful Midwest-based venture and private equity funds.  Additionally, Mr. Mackay has served on several boards, including his most recent role as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Command and General Staff College Foundation. Mr. Mackay earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Indiana University.

About Bridgepoint Merchant Banking

Bridgepoint Merchant Banking, a division of Bridgepoint Holdings, LLC, is a middle market investment banking firm with offices in Des Moines, Omaha, Lincoln and Denver. The Bridgepoint team, through their broker dealer relationship with M&A Securities Group, an unaffiliated entity, serves clients over their corporate lifecycles by providing merger and acquisition and corporate finance advisory services. Bridgepoint Principals have completed more than $110 billion of M&A and corporate finance transactions over their careers.

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