Intrepid Launches New Restaurant & Franchise Concepts Practice with the Addition of J.B. Hewetson

Intrepid Investment Bankers announced it hired J.B. Hewetson to launch its Restaurant & Franchise Concepts M&A and capital advisory practice.

Intrepid has a successful track record in consumer products and services, with established practices covering Food, Beverage & Agriculture; Beauty, Personal Care & Wellness; Lifestyle Brands & Apparel; and Toys & Giftware.

The Restaurant & Franchise Concepts vertical is a natural extension, as Intrepid’s parent, global financial company MUFG, is one of the largest lenders to the Restaurant & Hospitality sector, with ~$6B of capital committed to company-operated brands, franchisors, and franchisees.

J.B. brings nearly 20 years of M&A, operations, and financing experience within sectors including restaurants, fitness, grocery, health & wellness, automotive, and business and consumer services.

JB Image 2“I could not be more excited to lead this platform at Intrepid at a time when middle market brands and their franchisees need expert advice as they face generational and institutional transfers, financing needs, and acquisition opportunities,” J.B. said. “The Intrepid | MUFG platform offers a rare opportunity to provide wholistic client solutions in transaction advisory and debt capital.”

“The combination of J.B.’s industry experience, Intrepid’s middle-market M&A advisory platform, and MUFG’s balance sheet and credit solutions bring a unique offering to the marketplace,” said Ed Bagdasarian, Chief Executive Officer of Intrepid. He added, “Intrepid is operating with our largest, most-talented team in firm history, as we continue to attract best-in-class investment bankers.  Our Restaurant & Franchise Concepts practice is the latest addition to our growing number of sector-focused advisory teams that work seamlessly with our MUFG industry-focused banking teams to bring all of the resources and capabilities of one of the largest global financial institutions to our clients.”

About Intrepid Investment Bankers

Intrepid is a specialty investment bank focusing on M&A, capital advisory, and buy-side search services for middle market companies.

Our own entrepreneurial roots, combined with MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group), one of the largest financial institutions in the world, unlocks the best of both worlds for our clients: human-centric investment banking at a global scale. ​

Our unique culture attracts, develops, and retains the best talent in the industry. Through client-centered deal making, best-in-class market intelligence, global capital resources, and extensive access to acquirers and capital providers, our bankers work tenaciously to deliver the value in each business beyond conventional metrics.