Sell-side and Buy-side Merger & Acquisition services for privately-held companies.
LF Advising works with the owners of privately held companies to help them sell their business or acquire another company.
Focus is companies with annual revenues between $1,000,000 – $30,000,000.
Successful outcomes result from applying experience with an understanding of what it takes to sell a business in this size range. There is a focus on finding the right buyer to meet the Seller’s desired outcome.
You will find integrity, commitment, determination, persistence, responsiveness and a sense of urgency to get the job done.
Selling a business can be a tremendous challenge and the biggest financial decision that a business owner will make. LF Advising will expertly guide and represent you while keeping the process confidential. Professional representation adds credibility and keeps your best interests first and foremost.
Acquiring a company can be a daunting task. Whether buying a business or seeking to quickly grow your current company through acquisition, there is always risk involved. Having a disciplined process led by an experienced professional will lead to better results. LF Advising has the experience to either target a specific type of business or search for complementary businesses that meets your criteria.
LeAnne has worked in the M&A industry for over a decade advising clients in a wide variety of industries such as Manufacturing, Distribution, Service, Construction, Engineering, Aviation, Transportation, Technology, and more.
Finding the right target company can take a great deal of research and persistence and she takes pride in making those connections. LeAnne works with each client from start to finish, developing marketing materials, consulting on the countless details that go into conducting a successful transaction, and advising during negotiations and closing. LeAnne will keep the process moving forward.
Her creative and innovative approaches allow for the best possible results for each client. Tax preparation with national and regional accounting firms and financial planning experience give LeAnne insight and guidance for deal structure and solutions. LeAnne is a member of MBBI (Midwest Business Brokers & Intermediaries), Tempo Milwaukee, and several professional networking groups. She has been active in Boy Scouts of America, ACG Chicago, and on the board of her local chamber of commerce. Most recently, LeAnne spent six years as a Managing Director at Water Street Advisors.
John and LeAnne worked together for 5 years at Water Street Advisors and are still collaborating on transactions.
Prior to M&A Advisory services, John Weber assisted companies to obtain debt and acquisition financing as a commercial banker for larger regional banks and multi-national banks. John’s deal experience covers a variety of industries, including manufacturing, wholesale, retail, franchising, distribution, logistics, transportation, healthcare, service, not for profit, and international. As a former commercial banker John also understands financial structuring and assists owners in finding the best transaction structure to meet their exit planning needs.
John has worked with many business owners over the years and understands what drives them and how to help them to reach their goals, both for their businesses as well as their personal needs in exit planning.
John is a member of the Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) and serves on the Board and as past President of the XPX Chicago chapter. He is also a board member of MBBI, and a member of OPUS Connect, and of ACG Chicago. He is also actively involved in several charitable organizations.
Water Street Advisors
John and LeAnne spent 7 years working together at Water Street Advisors and also previously worked together at another firm. They still work together sharing connections, resources and advice.
John Kielich, CPA as owner of Water Street Advisors brings over 30 years of experience assisting businesses to strategically develop and successfully implement corporate growth and succession initiatives. He is an expert in all aspects of the M&A process and has participated in the evaluation of over 300 acquistion candidates and the completion of more than 50 transactions.
Prior to founding Water Street Advisors, John held senior level corporate development and operation roles with two large publicaly held companies in different industries. He has been responsible for strategic planning and led the implementation of a significant restructuring project. Additionally, in 2007, John started and successfully ran an M&A advisory division for a regional CPA firm.
John currently serves on the board of the Wisconsin Chapter of MBBI and is a past president. He also served as a member of the Illinois MBBI board.
Manufacturing & Distribution
"Your firm is a class act. I can say with certainty that this deal wouldn’t have been possible without your coaching in the middle. You made the deal possible by helping build education and trust among the parties."
- Matt Jesch, CFO, Tailwind Technologies Inc.
"My wife and I would like to thank the team for their guidance and direction. The end result was a successful sale. They worked relentlessly pushing the deal through to a successful conclusion. They spent many hours learning how our company functioned, to aid in finding the right buyer. I would definitely use them again. The process and advice was spot on. Thank you again."
– Don & Mary, owners
“It was a great pleasure working with a true professional. The advice and guidance we received from LF Advising LLC helped bring an ideal partner to our company who fit our culture, our core values and who will support the leadership and the whole team going forward. It was a win‐win situation for all parties involved.”
‐ Dick, owner
"As first time business sellers, we appreciate your patience and helpfulness in guiding us through the recent sale of our business. Your wisdom, common sense and determination led us to a successful hunt for a buyer and through the closing. Many thanks and continued success!"
- Tim and Linda, owners
"When we first began discussions, we realized that our best approach to changing our ownership structure was to first bring on board a new partner, grow the business then have a future sale. This plan has been very successful due to the way John and LeAnne structured the transaction."
"Thank you very much for all you've done for all the owners. As you well know, we often felt a bit uneasy about various aspects of the process, but you were always stalwart and professional. It goes without saying that we could never have done this without you; not only for your M&A skills, but your ability to organize and focus us all. ."
- Matt, president and owner
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