Intrepid Investment Bankers (Intrepid), a leading middle-market investment bank, announced today the launch of its Food, Beverage & Agriculture practice which will be led by industry veteran Michael Seccuro, Managing Director and Head of the Food, Beverage & Agriculture practice. During his career, Mike has executed more than 50 transactions worth more than $80 billion, including transactions for Beyond Meat, Bolthouse Farms, George’s, Stater Bros., Dole Food Company, Freshpet, Seneca Foods, Keurig Green Mountain, and American Seafoods. His experience includes buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions, credit and debt structuring and origination as well as public and private equity raises. He has represented clients across a variety of industry segments, including packaged food and beverage, produce, protein, seafood, agriculture, grocery retail, and foodservice.
Since its founding in 2010, Intrepid has grown by providing M&A and capital raising advisory services through industry dedicated groups focused on middle-market companies across a wide array of industries, including healthcare, technology and digital media, business services, consumer products and services, and industrials. “We are actively seeking and adding exceptional talent with deep sector expertise. Mike’s experience and reputation in the food, beverage, and agriculture industry, coupled with our best of class execution capabilities position us well to build the premier national advisory practice in this large sector,” said Ed Bagdasarian, CEO and Managing Director of Intrepid. “Mike brings more than 20 years of advisory expertise in the food and beverage sector. We are committing significant additional resources to building this practice under Mike’s leadership.”
“This is an amazing opportunity for me to focus on a strategically important growth initiative for Intrepid and broaden and complement the exceptional service the team delivers to entrepreneurs and business owners,” commented Michael Seccuro, Managing Director and Head of the Food, Beverage & Agriculture practice at Intrepid. “I am excited to build on Intrepid’s momentum and bring the firm’s differentiated platform to an important industry undergoing significant transformation. We look forward to helping our clients navigate the complexities of global trade, changing demographics, evolving consumer tastes, retail channel disruption and new technologies to achieve superior outcomes. I am impressed by the global human and financial capital the MUFG organization has deployed in the food, beverage, and agriculture space as well as the investment it continues to make, exemplified by recently announced hires focused on the restaurant space. Partnering across the organization will be a priority for me.”
Before joining Intrepid, Mike was a Managing Director with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he spent 12 years, most recently in the Los Angeles office, covering key consumer, food, and agriculture clients in the Pacific Southwest. During his investment banking career, Mike also worked at Morgan Stanley, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, and Alex Brown & Sons. He holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
Intrepid is a subsidiary of MUFG Union Bank, a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MUFG), the world’s 5th largest financial group with total assets of more than $2.8 trillion and 150,000 professionals in more than 50 countries. Union Bank, a subsidiary of MUFG, is a regional bank with more than 350 offices across California, Washington, and Oregon that provides offerings in the areas of consumer banking, wealth management and commercial banking.
About Intrepid Investment Bankers
Intrepid provides M&A, capital raising and strategic advisory services to entrepreneurs and middle-market companies in various industry sectors. Our heritage breeds a culture that embraces teamwork, tenacity, and creativity to win big for our clients. We believe that every company has an entrepreneurial passion that drives it and a story that defines it. Our team delivers results through skillful positioning and relentless execution. Based in Los Angeles, Intrepid augments its international capabilities through its active participation in Oaklins, an exclusive global alliance of M&A advisory firms.
About Intrepid’s Food, Beverage & Agriculture Practice
Intrepid’s Food, Beverage & Agriculture practice has decades of experience advising food, beverage, agriculture, grocery and foodservice companies, and executing various transaction types, including sell-side and buy-side M&A as well as equity and debt capital raises. Our team has a deep understanding of the entire value chain, from upstream activities such as crop production, through downstream processing, manufacturing, and distribution. Our experience spans the full range of transaction sizes and rationales from multi-billion-dollar, marquee strategic transactions to emerging growth capital raises.
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