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G2 has had an exceptional start to the year, actively supporting over 95 engagements across four industries, serving investment banking and restructuring clients. The firm has made significant investments to expand our leadership functions across the organization with the addition of:

  • Brian Steffens – Managing Director, Buy-Side Advisory
  • Brian Schofield – Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets
  • Jim Cotter – Managing Director, Industrials & Manufacturing
  • Jereme LeBlanc – Director, Buy-Side Advisory

As we carry our momentum to the back half of 2022, G2 maintains a steadfast commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our clients across all stages of the business lifecycle. Whether executing strategic growth through M&A or supporting businesses troubled by unsustainable capital structures or challenging industry or operating conditions, G2 is your partner from beginning to end. 





G2 Capital Advisors, LLC (“G2”), a leading full-service investment bank and restructuring advisory firm, announced today that Jim Cotter has been hired as a Managing Director on the Industrials & Manufacturing M&A Team, reinforcing the firm’s coverage in industrial technology.

“With more than 25 years of experience in industrials investment banking, Jim’s hiring underscores G2’s commitment to investing in top talent as we continue to grow our platform,” said Matt Konkle, President of G2 Capital Advisors. “In addition to his deep expertise in Industrials, Jim has also worked to source and execute transactions within the Media, Entertainment, Telecommunications, Transportation, and Gaming industries.” 

Cotter joins G2 having most recently served as a Managing Director at SunTrust Robinson Humphry for over a decade, where he was the Co-Head of their Industrials M&A group. During his tenure, Jim advised scores of clients across multiple sectors leading efforts to execute strategic transactions for various public and private companies. Before SunTrust, Jim held senior advisory roles at JPMorgan, Jeffries, and CIT Capital. Jim’s advisory experience covers healthy growth company engagements and special situations.

“As we continue to invest and grow our presence in the industrials sector, we’re delighted to welcome Jim, who brings extensive experience across the Industrials and Communications sub-sectors and a proven track record in mergers and acquisitions, strategic corporate development, and special situations,” said Victoria Arrigoni, Head of Industrials & Manufacturing M&A, “With this hire the G2 Industrials & Manufacturing team continues to expand our transaction capabilities and further build on our mission to help clients achieve their strategic and financial goals.”

“G2’s platform is ideally positioned at the forefront of investment banking and restructuring advisory services to the industrials & manufacturing industry. I am thrilled to join the practice and look forward to partnering with the exceptional team assembled under Victoria Arrigoni’s leadership,” said Jim Cotter, Managing Director.

G2 Capital Advisors’ Industrials & Manufacturing team has significant M&A and capital markets experience, which brings deep and relevant knowledge and insight to clients. The firm offers comprehensive and complimentary advisory capabilities through industry experts and M&A bankers that bring expertise across subsectors, geographies, and deal structures.

To learn more about G2’s Industrials & Manufacturing investment banking practice, visit:

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BOSTON, MA – G2 Capital Advisors, LLC (“G2”), a leading full-service investment bank and restructuring advisory firm, has hired Brian Steffens and Jereme LeBlanc to join the Buy-Side M&A advisory practice offering clients support and assistance in defining and executing thoughtfully curated acquisition strategies. With 40+ years of combined industry-focused advisory experience, Steffens and LeBlanc will work collaboratively to manage G2’s buy-side transaction support for private equity and strategic buyers.

“The investment in additional buy-side leadership is core to G2’s focus on delivering valuable industry, market, and strategic advice to our clients,” said Matt Konkle, President of G2. “The buy-side platform significantly enhances G2’s trusted advisory approach, assisting clients to drive growth, maximize value creation, and achieve their strategic objectives.”

The expansion of G2’s Buy-Side M&A team represents a significant opportunity for the firm to support over two dozen active buy-side clients pursuing inorganic growth. In 2021, G2’s grew the buy-side practice substantially, advising 30+ clients and closing eight buy-side transactions. 

Brian Steffens joins as Managing Director of G2’s Buy-Side M&A advisory practice. In addition to over 10 years of M&A execution experience covering a range of transactions from buy-side and sell-side to strategic development for large corporate and middle-market clients, Brian previously held financial, operational, and business development roles for portfolio companies as well as leading his own consulting firm focused on value enhancement and growth pre-liquidity event for privately held business owners. He began his career working with the Big 4 accounting firms of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Deloitte, LLP. Before joining G2, Steffens was an MD at TruSight, LLC, where he led projects supporting growth strategy objectives for buy-side clients. Over the course of his career Brian has executed inorganic strategy development, target screening, buy-side diligence, and post-merger integration on transactions worth more than $400 MM cumulatively.

Jereme LeBlanc joins as Director, Buy-Side Advisory. LeBlanc brings over 20 years of experience as an M&A advisor and software industry executive. Jereme works exclusively on G2’s buy-side M&A team – specializing in enterprise software and tech-enabled services. Jereme was formerly with Citigroup’s Investment Banking division in New York – and later a Partner at TM Capital, where he led M&A advisory engagements in the enterprise software and IT services sectors. Jereme has successfully executed over 50 transactions worth more than $2.0 billion cumulatively. Jereme spent nine years as a fractional executive in the B2B software industry spearheading corporate development for middle market vendors.

“We are excited to have Brian and Jereme joining our accomplished Buy-Side Advisory practice,” said Ben Wright, Chief Operating Officer at G2 Capital Advisors. “Together, Steffens and LeBlanc bring an exceptional track record supporting high-growth, mission-focused companies, and private equity groups to successfully execute acquisition strategies. Their respective skill sets, and deep investment banking experience make this pair an exceptional addition to our growing practice.”

G2 Capital Advisors offers M&A advisory services, including sell-side and buy-side advisory, capital markets, operational and financial restructuring, and related strategic advisory services to complement a client’s growth plan. With a distinguished track record of advising on nearly $4 billion in closed M&A transactions, providing integrated investment banking services for high-growth companies in the Consumer & Retail, Industrials & Manufacturing, Technology & Business Services, and Transportation & Logistics industries.


The rising-rate environment will have an enormous impact on the middle market. Buyers will be more selective and diligent in the companies they acquire, and available liquidity and deal flow will likely decline. Floating-rate debt issuers are especially vulnerable today—particularly those with heavy interest burdens, limited free cash flow, and near-term maturities.

Brian Schofield, MDHead of Capital Markets, G2 Capital Advisors

The tightening monetary policy, declining GDP growth, and lower public and private valuations will see an impact on middle market companies in the coming months. With the concern of inflation, the economy slowing down and more, this is what we can except to see from the middle market:

  • Selective and diligent buyers
  • Declining deal flow and available liquidity
  • Vulnerability among companies
  • Covenant-lite loans may assuage default concerns
  • Evolutions of investors ties with “storied” credits

Our G2 team provides a unique platform, combining deep operational industry experience with capital markets product expertise to meet client growth goals and special situations.

Learn more about our capital marketing advisory.

Capital market analysis & backdrop 

Increase in inflation rate remains a crucial concern: After months of claiming inflation was “transitory,” the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) has found itself behind the curve, fighting the highest inflation rate in four decades. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 8.5% for the 12 months ended March 2022, following a year-over-year rise of 7.9% as of February 2022.

The Fed is aggressively tightening monetary policy: The Fed is hiking interest rates—its most aggressive pace of policy tightening since the early 2000s. The Fed voted to raise interest rates by 25 bps in March and 50 bps in May and anticipates an additional 50 bps of hikes during its next two meetings. In addition, the Fed has begun to shrink its $9 trillion balance sheet. Meanwhile, the 10-year Treasury rate is hovering around 3.0%, its highest level since November 2018.

Declining growth as economy is slowing down: U.S. GDP growth fell to 1.4% in the first quarter. However, it was affected by certain factors that should ease throughout the year, including spiking COVID cases and slowing inventory growth. The Fed must balance tightening activity with the risk of tipping the U.S. economy into a recession.

Public markets have been hit hard: Rising interest rates, inflationary pressures, and geopolitical instability have resulted in a public market rout since the beginning of the year. While technology companies and other growth investments have seen the most significant impact, the sell-off has been broad-based and is spilling into the private markets, as further discussed below.

What does this mean for the middle market?

Expect buyers to become more selective and diligent: Valuations in the public markets tend to have a gravitational pull on private transactions. We expect buyers in the middle market to dig in further during due diligence and be highly selective in the companies they seek to acquire.

Available liquidity and deal flow will likely decline: Demand for middle-market loans may exhibit volatility in the second of 2022 as it did in the second quarter of 2020 when deal flow slowed significantly due to uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. Increased borrowing costs will render opportunistic financings less attractive and likely result in muted loan volume for the balance of 2022.

Some companies are more vulnerable than others: Due to the prevalence of floating-rate, debt-heavy capital structures, debt-bearing middle market businesses and loan issuers are more vulnerable than their larger corporate counterparts. Especially vulnerable are companies with limited free cash flow, heavy interest burdens, and near-term maturities that will need to be refinanced at higher interest rates.

Covenant-lite loans may assuage default concerns: A heavy mix of covenant-lite loans, which weaken creditor protections, may help stave off defaults.  When debt agreements include maintenance covenants, improved operating performance can mitigate the effects of higher interest rates as monetary policy continues to tighten.

Investors’ willingness to lean in on “storied” credits will evolve: After massive deal activity in late 2021, deal flow has decreased in early 2022, and investors have been more willing to consider complex credits this year. But we expect investor demand to pull back from storied credits as the forward calendar continues to build and scrutiny from lenders increases due to current headwinds.

Market volatility is high, and interest rates are projected to rise. For middle market companies looking to raise capital, now is an opportune time to leverage the expertise of a seasoned capital markets team to navigate the complex market environment and provide greater certainty of execution.”

Brian Schofield, MDHead of Capital Markets, G2 Capital Advisors

How do these trends affect you?

Our capital markets team would welcome the opportunity to share our perspectives on today’s dynamic capital markets environment and how it affects your specific situation. We have deep experience providing strategic capital markets advice to middle market companies, and we pride ourselves on making the deal experience as efficient as possible for management teams and owners. Contact us to start a conversation today and begin working towards your capital market goals.


Global supply chain challenges, including port congestion, capacity shortages, increasing ocean rates and ongoing pandemic-related disruptions continue to impact shippers. In response, providers are seeking to strengthen their customer focus by providing a more integrated distribution network, while also increasing their share of customers’ transportation spend across the supply chain. 

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G2 Capital Advisors, LLC (“G2”), a leading full-service investment bank and restructuring advisory firm, announced today that Brian Schofield joined as Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets. In this role, Schofield will lead the firm’s capital markets platform with a focus on originating, structuring, and executing debt- and equity-financings in service of private equity firms and middle-market businesses. Schofield will be based out of the Los Angeles area and brings over 15 years of investment banking experience to the position.

“We are pleased to welcome Brian to the G2 team. His experience, knowledge, and proven track record of successfully navigating the complexity of today’s capital markets will serve as an integral aspect of G2’s growth,” said Ben Wright, Chief Operating Officer at G2 Capital Advisors.

Prior to joining G2, Schofield served as a Managing Director at Capstone Partners where he helped lead the Debt Advisory Group. During his time at Capstone, Schofield led capital markets transactions across multiple sectors including environmental services, business services, mining, technology, consumer, and marketing services, amongst others.  

Before joining Capstone Partners, Brian was Co-Founder and Partner of Lampert Advisors, a New York-based debt advisory firm. At Lampert he advised middle-market companies and financial sponsors on over $2.5 billion in completed transactions, including acquisition financings, dividend recapitalizations, and restructurings, as well as several buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions.

“I am thrilled to join the team at G2 during a time of such organic growth and expansion. Market demand for capital markets advisory services has never been stronger and we’re committed to making G2 the go-to investment bank for private equity sponsors and business owners seeking to raise debt or equity capital,” said Brian Schofield, Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets.

G2 Capital Advisors offers M&A advisory services, including sell-side and buy-side advisory capital markets, operational and financial restructuring, and related strategic advisory services to complement a client’s growth plan. With a distinguished track record of advising on nearly $4 billion in closed M&A transactions, providing integrated investment banking services for high-growth companies in the Consumer & Retail, Industrials & Manufacturing, Technology & Business Services, and Transportation & Logistics industries.


Cyberattacks: A potent reminder of technological vulnerabilities in the age of automation.

High profile cyberattacks are a potent reminder of growing technological vulnerabilities as manufacturers implement higher levels of automation. Adoption of “Industry 4.0” technology infrastructure is increasing the attack surface to include legacy systems not designed to defend against today’s sophisticated cyber criminal or rogue nation. Ransomware can trigger financial losses, but disruption to production and supply chains can cause harm beyond the initial shake-down. Breaches such as the Colonial Pipeline and SolarWinds attacks grab headlines and underscore the need to defend operations and silo production networks from companies’ external facing business networks. In response, manufacturers should audit not only their existing cyber defenses, but also the resiliency of their operations in the event of a cyber attack. 

Cybersecurity plays a vital role in M&A strategy and execution. Firms considering a transaction should understand risks present in the form of data leaks, ransomware, and opportunities for malicious actors to use a transaction as a way to break into an acquiring company. According to IBM, more than half of companies wait until due diligence is completed to perform cybersecurity assessments. Considerations surrounding data privacy regulations, mandatory disclosure laws, and the risk of business interruption should be a priority for sellers and acquirors from the early stages of the transaction process.



Cibes Lift Group is one of the world’s most innovative manufacturers of space-saving lifts designed for fast and easy installation, also offering a wide range of conventional lift solutions. Thanks to the wide range of lift products and a flexible design concept, the lift solutions of Cibes Lift Group adapt to the requirements of public, commercial, and private settings. Sales, installation, and maintenance services are provided by a global network of subsidiaries and partners. The company group is headquartered in Gävle, Sweden, and has production facilities in Sweden and China. In 2021 the Group had approximately 1200 employees and a revenue of 1.9 billion SEK.


In Europe and Asia, Cibes established its reputation as a premium vertical platform lift manufacturer serving primarily residential customers and experienced substantial growth. To compound on its global reach, the company entered the United States market in 2020 by establishing a state-of-the-art showroom in the Miami metropolitan area. Cibes looked to apply its successful M&A track record in Europe to bolster its growth in the United States by acquiring new customers, capabilities, and geographic markets.


G2 Capital Advisors, LLC (“G2”) served as the exclusive buy-side advisor to Cibes, leading a bespoke buy-side effort focused on identifying and engaging with American companies that have a strong market presence and operations within residential elevator markets.


G2’s mandate with Cibes began in 2021 and led to a successful acquisition of American Elevator of Atlanta (“AEA”), followed this month by the acquisition of Bella Elevator LLC, manufacturer of Symmetry Elevating Solutions (“Bella” or “Symmetry”). The acquisition secures a manufacturing center for Cibes in the United States and further establishes its U.S. presence after its 2021 acquisition of AEA. Symmetry adds local manufacturing capabilities, an enhanced home elevator and accessibility product portfolio, and an increased reach in the U.S. and Canada through a robust 80-location distributor network. Bella will remain in operation and work in tandem with Cibes to promote the Cibes and Symmetry brands across the U.S.

Per Lidström, CEO of Cibes Lift Group, commented “I am excited to add Bella and Symmetry to our U.S. arm and Cibes family. We entered the United States with a high level of excitement for adding domestic manufacturing capabilities and are grateful for the work G2 did to promote our relationship with Bella. We are pleased with the work G2 dedicated to this acquisition to help share our culture, goals, and vision with Bella. We look forward to having Bella on board as a key contributor to that vision.”

“The G2 team is thrilled to help welcome Bella and Symmetry to the Cibes team. Symmetry has an exceptional brand name and reputation in the U.S., adding to Cibes international acclaim in the residential elevator space. Its manufacturing capabilities will be instrumental to bringing the full Cibes product suite to the U.S. and will add a significant product expansion to its world-class offerings. We are excited to continue supporting Cibes’ U.S. strategy and look forward to seeing the company’s continued growth.” said Peter Reed, Director at G2.

About G2 Capital Advisors

G2 Capital Advisors provides M&A, capital markets and restructuring advisory services to the middle market. We offer integrated, multi-product and sector-focused services by pairing highly experienced C-level executives with specialist investment bankers. We aspire to be the trusted advisor of choice to our clients including corporations and institutional investors.


Peter Reed, Director, Head of Buy-Side: T: 617.918.7972 E: [email protected]

Aaron Levy, Associate: T: 857.250.2767 E: [email protected]

Ben Stevenson, Associate: T: 857.317.2785 E: [email protected]

Jeremy Caulkins, Analyst: T: 857.317.2790: E: [email protected]


Founded in 1987 by Monte and Debra O’Hara, Capital Express, Inc. (“Capital Express” or the “Company”), is a leading provider of final mile and courier services.  The Company is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska providing services across the Midwest region.  Capital Express has a premier customer base shipping products across resilient end markets that include healthcare / pharmaceutical, office supplies, e-commerce and other products that fit nicely into its conjunctive network.

After building the Company for over 35 years, developing significant density across nine states, and navigating recent headwinds of the COVID-19 environment, Monte and Debra felt it was time to evaluate strategic alternatives which included finding a partner to accelerate the execution of future growth initiatives.  

G2 Capital Advisors, LLC (“G2”) was engaged by Capital Express as the exclusive sell-side advisor to lead a highly targeted and efficient sale process focused on identifying a partner to recapitalize the business.   

The transaction was successfully executed through a majority recapitalization of Capital Express by funds affiliated with Red Dog Equity LLC (“Red Dog”).  A combination of Capital Express and ADL Delivery will serve as Red Dog’s foundational platform investment in the final mile and courier segment operating across 45 locations in 15 states.  

Monte O’Hara, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Express said “I have spent my entire life building this business with the help of a fantastic management team who supported the execution of our strategic objectives and all of the great employees that have supported our network.  G2 had a clear vision of how to maximize optionality and find the optimal partner for Capital Express.  They were methodical with their approach and made sure that my team and I understood their rationale behind key strategies.  G2 brought a number of highly qualified partners to the table, and we are thrilled to partner with Red Dog and look forward to the acceleration, growth and development of Capital Express.” 

“Capital Express was built from the sheer grit and determination of Monte O’Hara, his amazing management team and dedicated employees.  We are grateful to be a small part of the Company’s journey which started with deliveries in one local market and has become a leading regional courier across nine states.  We are extremely proud of Monte and believe he has found a tremendous partner in Red Dog who embodies his values.  We are excited to track their progress and know there will be tremendous success in their collective futures.” said Christopher Casteleyn, G2 Managing Director of Transportation and Logistics.

About Capital Express, Inc.

Capital Express is a privately held provider of customized, final mile logistics services throughout the Central U.S.  The Company utilizes an asset-light platform with more than 25 locations across nine states to deliver healthcare, office supplies, e-commerce, and other product types to blue-chip clients.  

About Red Dog Equity LLC

Red Dog Equity LLC is a private equity firm that invests in lower middle-market companies poised for strong growth in partnership with driven, entrepreneurial business leaders (“Red Dogs”).  To learn more, please visit  

About G2 Capital Advisors, LLC
G2 Capital Advisors provides M&A, capital markets and restructuring advisory services to the middle market. We offer integrated, multi-product and sector-focused services by pairing highly experienced C-level executives with specialist investment bankers. We aspire to be the trusted advisor of choice to our clients including corporations and institutional investors.


Chris Casteleyn: Managing Director, T&L: T: 415.531.3138 E: [email protected]

Ben Wright: Chief Operating Officer, T: 619.972.3586 E: [email protected]

Tess Sheidy: Senior Associate, T: 248.767.1283 E: [email protected]

Matt Ball: Senior Associate, T: 978.914.4421 E: [email protected]

Noah Johnson: Senior Analyst, T: 717.598.8558 E: [email protected]



ZRG Partners, LLC. (“ZRG” or the “Company”) is a rapidly growing global talent advisory firm providing a range of executive search, consulting & advisory, and interim solutions across the Industrials, Life Sciences, Consumer, Financial Services, Sports, and Technology industries, among others.


Following ZRG’s financial partnership with RFE Investment Partners (“RFE”) the organization grew exponentially through increased senior-level hiring efforts. To build on this momentum ZRG identified an avenue to further diversify and grow its services portfolio of human capital management services through the addition of consulting and further interim/outsourced services. Through a targeted M&A effort centered around enhancing capabilities, ZRG sought to further differentiate its offering in the marketplace by providing additional solutions for their clients. 


G2 Capital Advisors, LLC (“G2”) served as the exclusive buy-side advisor to ZRG leading a strategic M&A effort focused on identifying and engaging with potential acquisition candidates in the human capital consulting market. ZRG and RFE continued their partnership with G2 to leverage the firms’ deep-rooted expertise across the Technology & Business Services practice. G2 was engaged by ZRG for a second time with a heavy focus on services-oriented businesses including specialty consulting and executive search.


G2’s mandate with ZRG began in 2019 with a core focus on establishing a growth strategy to better serve their clients’ needs and accelerate growth. This work led to the successful transaction of Brimstone Consulting in December 2021 followed this week by the acquisition of RoseRyan, Inc., a leading outsourced accounting and interim services firm. RoseRyan, headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, serves a range of business from start-ups to Fortune-500 companies across the technology, life sciences and private equity sectors globally. Together, ZRG and RoseRyan will leverage an extensive network of interim financial professionals, human capital search professionals, and business consultants to better serve its client base.

“The nature of the workforce has evolved and having even greater bandwidth in the finance and accounting consulting sector through RoseRyan is fantastic,” ZRG CEO Larry Hartmann said. “This complements our current interim team, led by Mark Viner, and also adds important consulting capability to allow us to service a wide range of clients, who need support in accounting and HR.”

Andrew Keleher, Director, Business Development at G2 Capital Advisors, commented “It has been a pleasure working with the team at ZRG and supporting their growth strategy over the years. The recent acquisition of RoseRyan further enhances ZRG’s ability to offer best in class services to its client base. We are thrilled for both organizations and look forward to seeing their success together in the coming years!”

About ZRG Partners

ZRG is a global talent advisory firm that is changing the way companies hire and manage talent. ZRG’s data-driven approach to executive and professional search has been changing the way clients think about how to find top talent. The company’s digital Zi platform combines talent intelligence, candidate insights, and process improvement to dramatically deliver executive searches quicker and with proven better results.

Today, with the help of private equity investor RFE Investment Partners, ZRG is among the fastest growing firms in the search industry and provides a full suite of retained search, on-demand talent, and consulting and advisory solutions across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia.

About RoseRyan, Inc.

RoseRyan is a global leader in interim financial staffing solutions. The company provides tailored financial advisory solutions to a variety of clients, from startups to fortune 500 companies. With over 120 experienced finance and accounting and industry experts, RoseRyan provides outsourced accounting & finance, interim finance, corporate governance, and strategic project solutions. Their staff has deep experience through all stages of business life cycle across the life science and technology industries. RoseRyan is based out of Campbell, CA.

About RFE Investment Partners 

Founded in 1979, RFE Investment Partners is a private equity investor with a long-standing small buyout heritage and a time-tested strategy for growing businesses. RFE equips companies with the capabilities and resources to scale by leveraging the extensive operational expertise, financial acumen, and broad business network of the RFE team. Through over 75 small buyout transactions, RFE has consistently guided portfolio companies through multiple business cycles while driving value creation. RFE invested in ZRG Partners in December 2018, providing the tools and guidance needed to expand the capabilities and product offerings of the company, as well as grow the business on an international scale.

About G2 Capital Advisors

G2 Capital Advisors provides M&A, capital markets and restructuring advisory services to the middle market. We offer integrated, multi-product and sector-focused services by pairing highly experienced C-level executives with specialist investment bankers. We aspire to be the trusted advisor of choice to our clients including corporations and institutional investors.


Matt Konkle, President, T: 857.310.5554 E: [email protected]

Andrew Keleher, Director, Business Development T: 860.748.6480 E: [email protected]

Matt Ball, Senior Associate T: 978.914.4421 E: [email protected] 

Ben Stevenson, Associate: T: 412.680.9100 E: [email protected]

Aaron Levy, Associate: T: 857.250.2767 E: [email protected]

Bridget McGillicuddy, Analyst: T: 781.540.9085 E: [email protected]