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As a founder-led team of entrepreneurs, we understand the distinctive needs of business owners, corporate executives, boards of directors, investors and institutions and pride ourselves on developing creative and strategic solutions tailored to the unique objectives of every client.
Our commitment to our clients is simple – a partnership approach where Origin will deliver an experienced, thoughtful and dynamic team while leveraging the full resources of our firm to provide leadership and guidance in the transaction planning, execution and closing processes.
We are there for you when expertise, innovative thinking and an expansive network of domestic and global relationships matter most.
Origin is a member of the Terra Alliance Network, an international alliance of leading investment banks around the world, with operations spanning six continents. Through Terra Alliance and other bi-lateral relationships, we give our clients access to a broad global network with local expertise in every sector. This enables us to find solutions to the most complex business challenges. Over the past 5 years, more than 30% of Origin-led transactions have involved foreign counterparties.
Origin Merchant Partners is founded
A handful of principals decided to take their knowledge, network and creative expertise to open a boutique firm that could offer objective advisory, independent of any of the inherent conflicts often found at full-service banks.
Prime Financial District location secured for a modern new office
We scouted out the perfect modern office located on Bay St. in the center of the Financial District to set up shop for the growing company.
Industry practice leadership
Established strong industry-focused practices with Andrew Muirhead overseeing Agriculture & Food, Mario DiPietro leading TMT, Glenn Shyba managing Real Estate, Rob Penteliuk directing Financial Services and Jim Meloche heading up Resources.
Creation and expansion of Senior Advisory Board
Origin Merchant Partners appoints Hon. Joe Oliver, former Minister of Finance, as Chairman of its Senior Advisory Board. Also in 2016, Steve Bromley, former CEO of SunOpta Inc. joins as Senior Advisor. The Senior Advisory Board expands in 2017 to include Rob Hines and Catherine David Nolan.
A record year!
We close a record 13 transactions valued at well over $1 billion. Cathy Steiner is added as Partner and head of the Healthcare sector.
Perry Caicco, Paul Bradley and Bill Ainley are added to our Advisory Board. Lindsay Adam Weiss is added as Principal with a focus on the Consumer, Business Services, Industrial and Transportation industries.
Success through the pandemic
After a brief pause in Q2, activity ramps up as we guide clients through the complexities of the pandemic and achieve record deal values. Robert Fedrock joins the team as Principal, bringing extensive experience in M&A and restructuring.
The momentum continues, with a full pipeline of deals and the outstanding additions of Darren Williams (Principal) and Gord Bogden (Senior Advisor) to our team.
North American expansion
Origin launches its Quebec practice, opening a Montreal office headed by finance industry veteran, Alain Miquelon. In June/22, Origin establishes a US footprint, combining with InterOcean Advisors, a Chicago-based M&A advisory firm with professionals in Chicago, Denver and Atlanta.