SOURCE: Calabasas Capital LLC

Calabasas Capital LLC

November 08, 2011 09:00 ET

Calabasas Capital Expands With Hiring of Andre Stokes

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2011) - Calabasas Capital, LLC, a Los Angeles-based boutique financial advisory firm which provides investment banking services to lower middle market companies with particular expertise in food and restaurants, consumer products manufacturing and distribution and business services, today announced the addition of Andre Stokes as Managing Director.

Andre has over 15 years of investment banking and corporate development experience. During the course of his career at firms including Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse, Ladenburg Thalman and First Annapolis, Andre advised clients on over $8 billion in transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, LBOs, recapitalizations, IPOs, follow-on equity, bank debt and high yield debt offerings.

He also founded Ophidian Advisors, a financial advisory firm, and previously was co-head of the merchant credit card processing practice at First Annapolis, a boutique consulting and M&A advisory firm.

Calabasas Capital Managing Director David Bonrouhi said, "We are pleased to have Andre join our team and help expand our M&A advisory and private equity and debt capital raising efforts in the lower middle market. Andre will be a tremendous addition, given his experience in this market segment and his proven ability to get deals closed on behalf of entrepreneurs, family-held businesses and private equity firms."

Andre Stokes said, "Calabasas Capital has established itself as a trusted financial advisor in the lower middle market, especially in key industries such as food and restaurants, consumer products and business services. I am honored to join this team and build on the success they have achieved. The firm's track record of working with closely-held businesses, its network of capital providers and its ability to execute on all types of transactions allows us to objectively advise our clients on all of the options available to them."

Andre holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

About Calabasas Capital
Calabasas Capital is a boutique financial advisory firm providing investment banking services, including sell-side and buy-side M&A advisory, and capital raising (private equity and debt), to lower middle market companies, with particular expertise in food and restaurants, manufacturers and distributors of consumer products and business and financial services. Securities offered through Fallbrook Capital Securities Corp. Member FINRA - SIPC.

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