Established in 1996, Cook M&A offers over twenty years of creating value through successful transactions. Our proprietary process and level of personal service is proven to get deals done.


Cook M&A is recognized as one of the leading buy-side M&A advisory firms in the industry. Our M&A advisory team delivers transaction focused strategic advice to private equity investors, family offices, corporations, executives and owners in buy-side transactions. We work with businesses across all industry sectors and sizes to understand the market, identify potential acquisition targets, assist in due diligence and resolve transaction issues throughout the process. Whether your business is investigating a platform or add-on acquisition, our research-driven methodology has been proven to execute the best deals.

Sourcing deals through investment banking auctions is both inefficient and unsatisfying. We look for companies that create the right fit, rather than “just what’s on the market”.

We have developed proprietary tools, including FocusFirst® and CEOVisions®, to source proprietary deals that meet your investment goals.

FocusFirst® is a strategic process through which we align a search process with the buyer’s investment goals to identify and develop prospective acquisition targets. CEOVisions® is a strategic process through which we partner with exceptional executives who have an investment thesis with private equity backing to acquire industry leading companies.

Our company culture is characterized by transparency, flexibility and personal relationships, which has resulted in over 150 successful transactions, with enterprise values ranging from $5 million to $5 billion.


As your exclusive partner, we prepare macroeconomic industry research and make recommendations tailored to your industry that are specific to your goals. None of our target lists is ever the same.

We follow established research-driven processes that deliver streamlined solutions from the initial research phase all the way through to a signed LOI.


While no two deals are the same, the level of discipline we bring never varies. We have developed proprietary products, such as FocusFirst® and CEOVisions® to help establish clear goals for the acquisition process, identify viable prospects, enable a dynamic exchange of information and provide the right tools to systematically complete each step along the way.

Our clients find that outsourcing direct deal sourcing results in an increased flow of actionable opportunities at a lower origination cost.

Unlike other advisory service firms, we position ourselves as an extension of your company rather than a third party, with full transparency and in-house-like service.

Our own Sven Kins was featured in episode 30 of Northstar’s Private Equity Fast Pitch” podcast where he discusses CEOVisions® and FocusFirst® strategies.