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Whether it’s financing, mergers and acquisitions, or international business development, we bring our experience to bear on a range of high-profile, time-sensitive transactions. Our clients trust us because we’ve built a reputation for providing creative solutions to close complex deals.
John Claybough, a Managing Director at The Forbes M+A Group, has over 30 years of domestic and international debt and equity financing, investment, project development, and operations experience as a senior executive in Fortune 50, middle-market, and startup companies. He has led several capital raising and sell-side advisory assignments, and he has management experience in multiple industries including oil and gas, healthcare, technology, minerals, manufacturing, and entertainment.
John began his career at Phillips Petroleum Company, spending 20 years in senior financial and management positions for operations in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. His responsibilities included oversight of a $500 million investment portfolio; development and implementation of management strategies for a major foreign exchange exposure; contract interpretation; dispute resolution for joint venture partners; and financial support for a multi-product group at 12 global locations. He led teams charged with monetization of foreign bonds, liquidation of a significant utility-preferred stock portfolio, and administration of the financial provisions for a $100 million annual multi-currency, adjustable-price natural gas sales contract with five European purchasers.
In 1989, John became Treasurer of US Recycling Industries, the largest independent recycling company in North America, with $130+ million revenues, 600 employees, 17 plants, and 5 sales offices. He led borrowing, cash management, investments, foreign exchange, collections, and HR activities. He also led the team that closed the sale of the company to Waste Management, Inc.
In 1991, John became CFO of a privately owned holding company with global subsidiaries and annual revenues of $140 million, 2,100 employees, 18 plants, and over 100 sales offices. He developed a financing proposal for a $30 million bank loan with favorable responses from private and commercial lenders. He worked with a major investment banking firm to complete the sale of the company’s largest subsidiary with $85 million in annual revenue. To command the highest price, he assessed performance, profit potential, and market valuation; developed innovative financing structures; screened prospective buyers; and led negotiations on behalf of the company. In 1993, John became the CFO of a Denver-based entertainment company, financing a $100 million facility relocation and construction project involving a complex structure of private equity sales and multiple bank, project finance, and public sector loans.
In 1996, John established Global Capital Group to represent owners selling their businesses and assist early-stage energy and technology companies with financing, business development, and international market entry. He led investment banking and merger and acquisition transactions ($5 to $100 million) in such industries as heavy construction, gourmet food service, public safety, and entertainment. He completed capital raising projects for commuter airlines, international medical facilities, and remote monitoring, internet security, and international oil and gas firms. He also served as interim CFO for an LA-based TV production company. In 2004, John joined The Forbes M+A Group, where he provides middle-market merger and acquisition and capital raising transaction advisory services in markets that include oil and gas, renewable energy, mining, technology, manufacturing, entertainment, and financial services.
John has an MBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Tulsa and a degree in Management from Missouri Southern State College. He is a CPA registered in Texas. When not working, John enjoys spending time with his family, fly-fishing, hunting, and international travel.