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Chris Wagner’s passions lie in helping owners monetize the value of their privately held businesses through a successful exit strategy. As Director of Transaction Advisory at Strategic Wealth Partners, Chris brings over 25 years of investment banking experience in his role advising entrepreneurs through a vast array of needs, including enhancing business value and sellability and executing the sale to obtain maximum liquidity for retirement or the next chapter in an owner’s professional life.

Over the course of his impressive career, Chris has advised clients through initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, ESOPs, private placements of debt and equity, fairness opinions, and valuations. Chris has worked with clients from a broad spectrum of industries including manufacturing, business services, healthcare, information technology, energy services, and more.

Before joining SWP, Chris worked with several regional and international investment banking firms—including Candlewood Partners, KPMG Corporate Finance, and RBC Capital Markets— in their mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets groups. Chris has raised over $1 billion in capital and advised more than 70 corporate clients through a variety of transactions.

Chris holds a BBA in finance from Southern Methodist University and an MBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 FINRA registrations. An avid daily runner, Chris also enjoys waterskiing, scuba diving, and spending time with his wife and three daughters. During the football season, Chris can usually be found smoking ribs and brisket on game day.

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How Valuing A Company’s IP And A Strategic Buyer Turned A $50M Valuation Into A $200M Sale.

Check out Chris’ appearance on Business Exit Stories Podcast where he describes four business transactions he was involved in:

  1. A minority shareholder who had his own agenda attempted to sideline a deal that was ready to be closed.
  2. A seller was able to protect himself from the decrease in the acquiring company’s stock price.
  3. A chance meeting at an industry conference took a business from a highly commoditized business into becoming a specialty player that grew the value of the business ten times and was eventually sold well into the 8 figures.
  4. A pharmaceutical company was assisted in properly valuing the company’s intellectual property and leveraged strategic buyers interested in that IP to turn a $50M valuation into a $200M sale.

These stories are full of tips and strategies any business owner looking to make a successful exit should know. Chris is available to answer any questions at Listen below!

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