Denver, CO, July 1, 2022 — The Forbes M+A Group (“Forbes”) is pleased to announce the promotion of Blake Shear to Managing Director, effective July 1, 2022. Having joined as a Director at Forbes, Blake has been instrumental in advising on a broad range of complex investment banking transactions. With over 15 years of investment banking experience and more than $4 billion in middle-market transactions closed, Blake will continue to make an impact on the firm. Blake has proven himself a leader and someone who cares deeply about the success of clients. Blake has particular expertise in advising consumer products companies but has also worked across a range of industries, including SaaS and technology-enabled businesses, business services, and healthcare.
Prior to The Forbes M+A Group, Blake spent nine years at KPMG Corporate Finance, a leading global middle-market investment bank, most recently as Vice President and a founding member of its Leisure & Wellness practice. Blake advised on a broad range of investment banking engagements including domestic and cross-border buy-side and sell-side transactions, debt and equity raises, and strategic advisory services.
“Blake has developed a tremendous global network of active acquirers, investors, and lenders, particularly in consumer products such as leisure, wellness, food, beverage, and pet,” said Bob Forbes, President at Forbes M+A Group. “These have all become areas of focus for the firm, and we are thrilled to have Blake help lead our continued expansion in those key sectors.”
The Forbes M+A Group, founded in 2004, with offices in Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, and Nashville, TN, is an award-winning investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, raising capital, and financial restructuring within the middle market. Senior advisors at The Forbes M+A Group have 250+ years and $85+ billion of combined transaction experience across a wide variety of industries and around the globe. The Forbes M+A Group has been recognized regionally as the M&A Firm of the Year for the past seven years.