For Business Owners and Management Teams
Partners to help you achieve your vision
At River Associates, we seek to partner with experienced management teams who are dedicated to their businesses, have meaningful monetary investments in their companies, are looking for more than just capital from a financial partner and with whom we share a common vision for building long-term value in their companies. We tailor our transactions to accommodate each owner’s specific goals and work quickly and efficiently to avoid any business disruption. Our “Investments with Management” philosophy effectively captures the spirit of partnership, which guides our actions in all aspects of business.
We wanted to find a partner that would allow us to run the business the way we wanted to run it. We have a great reputation with clients and customers and we were very protective of that reputation. River’s philosophy of partnering with management made us confident that they were the best choice.Jon Rudolph
They walk the talk, they are what they present themselves to be. We went through some very challenging times in the industry. River didn’t panic or overreact; they were very supportive of the business.Peter Butterfield
What distinguishes River is their relationship approach as well as their thoroughness and the diligence they do on the front end. They bring significant experience from multiple decades to the table.Pete Notter
Twin Brook Capital Partners
The right balance of strategic guidance and hands-on involvement
Once we partner with management teams, we believe that daily operational autonomy should be in management’s hands. We view our role as that of active board members and pride ourselves on being great partners for management. Senior management team members participate in an annual bonus program administered by the board as well as long-term incentive equity programs. Generally, at least one or two senior managers will join the board of directors. We support the vision of our management teams and work with them to help clarify and prioritize strategic initiatives, including additions in personnel, systems, and equipment. In the case of planned growth by acquisition, we often lead acquisition searches and perform much of the due diligence and legal negotiations to facilitate the transaction for our partners.
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Examples from past partnerships