Leading Investment Bank in the Rapidly Changing Digital Media & Information Services Industry
For over 25 years, Linda Gridley, President and CEO of New York-based boutique investment bank Gridley & Company LLC, has covered industry leaders, emerging growth companies, and venture capital and private equity investors across the Internet and Information Services sectors.
After working on the IPOs of industry icons like First Data, Checkfree, and Young and Rubicam, Gridley launched her boutique firm in 2001 to provide the kind of high-touch, analytical advice she knew entrepreneurs, strategic buyers and investors would need in the years to follow.
The company focuses primarily on M&A sale and fundraising transactions for private digital and information services companies with sales from $25 million to $500 million, an important industry segment that often falls below the bulge banks’ radar. Gridley also provides select buyside advice to industry leaders as they look to make important strategic moves in their sectors.
“Clients trust our advice because we do our homework,” says Gridley. “We work hard to get to know the relevant companies and investors in our sectors and to establish provocative, ongoing dialogues with them.”
Adds Gridley, “Our extensive networking and finely tuned research skills are critical to identifying the best opportunities in an industry where seismic shifts are routine.”
In addition, private companies appreciate how the Gridley team uses its knowledge and relationships to best position a potential sale or fundraising. “Our multi-year, industry-wide associations with buyers and investors mean it’s easy for us to match the right buyers and investors with the right companies, at the right prices,” notes Gridley.
The company shares industry insights through its newsletter, The Compass, which is distributed quarterly to over 2,200 industry leaders. In addition, the company periodically authors comprehensive research on select industry trends.
Gridley & Company is perhaps best known for its exclusive, invitation-only annual January conference. Fondly referred to as “M&A shopping on steroids,” the event brings together some 500 senior executives and investors to hear about upcoming industry trends and to network with peers.
The firm’s concentration on the intersection of media, marketing, technology and the Internet uniquely positions it to spot and take advantage of opportunities.
“Our great strengths are as a trusted strategic advisor to our clients. They appreciate our thoughtful insights and how we bring our extensive industry knowledge and relationships to every deal situation,” summarizes Gridley. “It’s what gets the deals done.”
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