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Generational Group Continues Strategic Expansion with Acquisition of M&A Firm 86 Group

By Generational Group

The 86 Group

Generational Group, a leading investment bank for middle market businesses is pleased to announce its acquisition of M&A advisory firm The 86 Group. The transaction closed on April 28, 2022.

Headquartered in Plano, Texas, The 86 Group is led by President and Founder Cory Strickland. The company provides M&A advisory services to business owners in Texas and throughout the Southwestern U.S. The 86 Group is ranked as one of the fastest-growing companies in North Texas and has been an authorized Generational affiliate since 2019.

Generational Group is a leading M&A firm for privately held businesses, ranked #1 in the nation by Refinitiv in transactions up to $25 million, and #2 in transactions up to $100 million, $500 million, and $1 billion in value. With offices in sixteen North American cities, the investment banking firm helps business owners develop growth and exit strategies that maximize their business value.

“From the onset of my relationship with Generational, I was impressed with the leadership, culture, and guiding principles,” Strickland said. “When approached to integrate 86 with one of the most respected M&A firms in America, I was both honored and eager to have our team become part of a family that shares the same core values and client centric business practices.”

Brenen Hofstadter, Chief M&A officer for Generational said: “We have worked with Cory and his team for years and they are expert advisors. This acquisition represents our commitment to serve local markets in more personalized ways, an initiative set forth by our CEO.  It will also benefit our firm by leveraging 86 Group’s Texas-based professional relationships and proprietary marketing methods serving the M&A community. This is just the beginning of these initiatives.”

Ryan Binkley, President and CEO of Generational, added: “This acquisition is part of our ongoing strategic expansion, designed not only to establish new offices throughout the U.S. but, more importantly, to provide a higher level of client service and deeper relationships in key markets. Cory and his team share our core values which are extremely important to us. It’s a perfect fit.”

About Generational Group

Generational EquityGenerational Capital Markets (member FINRA/SIPC), Generational Wealth Advisors,  Generational Consulting Group and DealForce are part of Generational Group, which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and is one of the leading middle market investment banks in North America.

With more than 250 professionals located throughout 16 offices in North America, Generational Group helps business owners capitalize on the wealth of their business by providing growth consulting, merger, acquisition, and wealth management services. Their six-step approach features strategic and tactical growth consulting, exit planning education, business valuation, value enhancement strategies, M&A transactional services, and wealth management.

The M&A Advisor named Generational Group the Investment Banking Firm of the Year, three years in a row and Valuation Firm of the Year in 2020.

For more information, visit https://www.generational.com or the Generational press room.

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