New Merchant Banking Company Formed

NEW MERCHANT BANKING COMPANY FORMED TO FILL KEY GAP IN LOCAL GROWTH AND CORPORATE ECOSYSTEM

Lincoln, NE – October 16, 2012 – Local investment bankers Matt Plooster and Adam Claypool have formed Bridgepoint Merchant Banking, with offices in Lincoln, NE and Des Moines, IA.

“We are extremely excited to provide Wall Street-quality investment banking services to Midwest companies and business owners in need of sophisticated advice, and also connect those companies with institutional capital from across the country,” Claypool said.

Bridgepoint is dedicated to serving lower and middle market companies (companies with revenues between $5 million and $200 million) over their corporate lifecycles by providing merger and acquisition and corporate finance advisory services.  In addition to its investment banking activities, Bridgepoint will also invest and manage its proprietary private equity and venture capital funds.

“Despite a strong business environment in the Midwest, this market has historically been underserved by investment banks and has lacked connectivity to capital from other areas of the country. We’ll bring those solutions and capital here, and combine them with local talent and investment, to help Nebraska and Iowa businesses grow and succeed,” Plooster said.

Specifically, Bridgepoint will serve as a catalyst to traditionally underserved Midwest businesses to become more competitive nationally by offering:

  • Wall Street-quality M&A and corporate finance advisory experience and solutions
  • Connectivity to strategic and financial buyers and institutional capital sources from across the country
  • Bridgepoint private equity/venture capital funds, which provide direct investment into companies

About Bridgepoint Merchant Banking

Bridgepoint Merchant Banking is a lower and middle market investment banking and private equity firm that serves clients over their corporate lifecycles by providing M&A and corporate finance advisory services.  Bridgepoint Principals have successfully completed more than $41 billion of M&A and corporate finance transactions on behalf of their clients across a wide variety of sectors and geographies.

Bridgepoint Merchant Banking is a division of Bridgepoint Holdings, LLC.