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January 2019: Origin Merchant Partners Welcomes Perry Caicco as Senior Advisor and Lindsay Adam Weiss as Principal

By Tracey Lamping's

January 9, 2019

Origin Merchant Partners (“Origin”) completed a record level of activity in 2018, including closing 13 transactions valued at well over $1 billion including:

  • Carve-out divestiture transactions for Yellow Pages Canada and DealNet Capital
  • Sellside transactions for Gardiner Dam Terminals and Building Envelope Solutions
  • Buyside advisory for KraftHeinz on their acquisition of Ethical Bean Coffee
  • Over $300 million in recapitalization and financing for River Cree
  • Valuation and special committee mandates for Aviso Wealth and Aeterna Zentaris
  • Growth capital raises for Wyse Meter Solutions and Pivot Pharmaceuticals

Following our record 2018, Origin is pleased to announce initiatives to deepen and enhance our service offering to our clients and drive further growth in 2019.  Top-ranked retail and consumer analyst Perry Caicco has joined as Senior Advisor and veteran consumer and commercial services banker, Lindsay Adam Weiss, has also joined the firm as Principal.  Andrew Muirhead, Origin lead for Ag, Food and Consumer Products commented:  “The addition of Perry and Lindsay builds on our already market leading team in Ag, Food and Consumer Products.”  Steve Bromley, Origin Senior Advisor and former CEO of SunOpta, further commented: “I’ve followed Perry for years as a thought leader in the Canadian consumer space and welcome him as a highly enriching addition to Origin’s advisory board.”

Perry Caicco has over 30 years of senior retail experience with deep industry relationships in Canada and abroad. He followed his 14-year career in senior retail management (Loblaws, Coca-Cola) with a 19-year career as a top-ranked Retail and Consumer analyst.  Most recently he was Managing Director, Equity Research with CIBC World Markets.  Perry was the number-one ranked Retail and Consumer analyst in Canada for 15 consecutive years and is now an independent investor, business owner, and advisor.  He is a regular speaker, commentator and writer on North American consumer topics, with a special interest in supermarkets and food systems, as well as serving on a number of Boards.

Lindsay Adam Weiss has joined the firm as a Principal with a focus on mergers and acquisitions across a broad range of sectors including Consumer, Business Services, Industrial and Transportation.  Over his 20 year+ career he has provided M&A and strategic advice to a diverse set of entrepreneurial, private and public clients including most recently as strategic advisor to Morneau Shepell in its $438 million acquisition of LifeWorks.

Origin Merchant Partners is Canada’s largest independent M&A advisory practice providing value-added mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and merchant banking services delivered by senior professionals.

For more information please contact Roxanne Swatogor at roxanne.swatogor@originmerchant.com.

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