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Our Team Culture

Persistence. Endurance.
Intuition. Discretion.

Persistence

Our job is to bring deals to fruition—and it all starts with persistence. Because we know it’s not one single move, but a series of small, everyday actions that gets a transaction over the finish line. From building a business case that piques the interest of buyers or sellers, to following up on every lead, to negotiating nitty-gritty details: we are determined, resolute, and tenacious, every step of the way.

Endurance

At Fredericks Michael & Co., we strive to help you achieve short-term success without losing sight of your long-term vision. It’s why we view every deal not as a one-and-done moment, but as one moment in a years-long journey. For us, this endurance means thinking beyond the transaction by building real relationships and being in your corner—not just today or tomorrow, but 10 years down the line.

Intuition

After 40+ years in the industry, mergers and acquisitions are second nature to our expert team. Leveraging our decades of experience, we make critical M&A decisions based on keen intuition—uniquely able to unlock opportunities, see industry patterns and trends, find the right buyers and sellers, and negotiate seamlessly to ensure the best outcomes for your business.

Discretion

From early communications with prospective buyers or sellers to the final stages of solidifying a deal, at Fredericks Michael & Co., we know discretion is an essential ingredient in every successful transaction. Throughout the M&A process, we work carefully, quietly, and judiciously to avoid industry noise that drives up prices and ensure the details of your deal remain confidential until the end—winning your confidence along the way.

Our Team

Global Reach & Industry-Wide Expertise

Global reach is increasingly important for all types of transactions. FM&Co. has global expertise coupled with local knowledge in the major markets.

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countries reached
Mr. Davies joined Fredericks Michael in 1988 and is a significant shareholder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. He has been Chief Executive Officer since 2003. Mr. Davies advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and similar transactions across a number of industries and sectors. Mr. Davies has served as financial advisor to multinational corporations, financial sponsors, and private and family-owned companies across Europe, the United States, Latin America and Asia for over four decades. Mr. Davies is a United States national and speaks English, Spanish and French and is a Board member/senior advisor on various non-profit organizations.
Mr. Caraberis joined Fredericks Michael in 1986 and is a significant shareholder, member of the Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for the firm’s activities in Northern Europe. Mr. Caraberis has over four decades of experience advising multinational corporations, financial sponsors, and private and family-owned companies on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and similar transactions. While advising companies primarily headquartered in the Nordic Region, he has also advised companies in Germany on transactions throughout Europe, the United States and Asia across numerous industrial sectors. In addition to his client advisory responsibilities, he is active in the firm’s day to day operations. Mr. Caraberis is a Board member and past President of the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce and was named Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland by the President of the Republic of Finland.​
Mr. Hall joined Fredericks Michael in 1999 following more than two decades at leading Wall Street investment banks where he was responsible for their corporate finance activities throughout the Americas. He is a significant shareholder and member of the Fredericks Michael board of directors and oversees the firm’s activities in the Americas. He has 40 years of experience advising leading multinational corporations, private and/or family-owned enterprises and government entities on all continents – with particular emphasis in the Americas and Europe – as concerns financial strategy and initiatives related to institutional development and capitalization activities. These activities include mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and public or private capital raising of both debt and equity across multiple industries. Mr. Hall is bi-national, being a citizen of both the United States and Brazil, is fluent in multiple languages and enjoys board membership of both for and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Brambilla joined Fredericks Michael in 2007. He primarily advises Italian clients on their international transactions as well as foreign multinational clients on transactions related to the Italian market. He has extensive experience working on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, privatizations and private placement transactions in industries including food, energy, utility, consumer goods, luxury goods, and business services. Mr. Brambilla is an Italian and Swiss dual national and speaks English and Italian.
Mr. Alonso joined Fredericks Michael in 2008. He primarily advises European clients on their international transactions as well as foreign multinational clients on transactions related to the Spanish market. He has extensive experience working on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and private placement transactions in industries including chemicals, healthcare, food, industrials and paper & packaging. Mr. Alonso is both a Spanish and German national and speaks English, Spanish, German and Catalan. He resides with his family in Barcelona, Spain.
Mr. Gaitan advises Fredericks Michael’s clients throughout Latin America, the U.S. and Southern Europe. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gaitan was Chief Financial Officer at Marhnos, one of Mexico’s most relevant Construction and Development Firms. Prior to Marhnos, Mr. Gaitan provided financial advisory to clients of Dadoo & Asociados, a Mexico M&A Boutique. He has led several Cross-Border projects in industries including Food & Beverage, Consumer Goods, Financial Services, Health, Retailing and Construction Materials, among others. He also has experience serving on the Board of Directors of companies in Mexico and is a member of the Finance Executives Institute of Mexico (IMEF). Mr. Gaitan holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Mechanic-Electric Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He is a dual US/Mexico national.
Mr. Robarts has over 25 years of experience in global food, beverage, and consumer goods, holding leadership positions on equity capital markets and institutional equity research teams at Citigroup, Banco Santander and Merrill Lynch. He was ranked for 14 years in the Institutional Investor’s annual research poll based on his C-level management relationships and his published thematic, industry, and stock reports. He primarily advises companies in the United States on their cross-border merger, acquisition, divestiture, and joint venture strategies, and has a subregional focus on Latin America. Mr. Robarts holds a Master’s degree in International Business from Columbia University and is a US national. He has lived and/or worked in Brazil, Colombia, France and Spain, and speaks English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Vincent Conrad is Managing Director - Private Placements at FM&Co. With over 35 years of experience in capital markets and private placement activities, he has a specific focus on growth companies in industrial technology, mobility, bioscience, food tech, and enterprise software. Mr. Conrad has established long-standing relationships with corporate strategic, private equity, venture capital, financial sponsors, and leading family offices in North America and Europe. He has also held senior capital markets roles with Credit Suisse First Boston, Bank of America, and Montgomery Securities. Mr. Conrad is a U.S. citizen and works out of the New York office.
Mr. Coggiano is based in Cleveland, Ohio. He primarily advises US clients and the firm’s other clients on matters related to the US market. He has extensive experience working on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and private placement transactions. He has worked across a wide range of industries including construction, real estate, chemicals, healthcare, food, industrials and paper & packaging. Mr. Coggiano is a US national and speaks English and Spanish.
Mr. Van Vleck has 25 years of experience in private equity, project development/finance and general management primarily in the renewable energy and clean tech sectors. Mr. Van Vleck is currently serving in an advisory role for Fredericks Michael and Company, heading up clean tech group strategy and activities directed at low carbon generation, transportation, efficiency and IoT clean tech platforms. Mr. Van Vleck is also a Founding Managing Director of GGE Investments, a clean tech investment and development company. Prior to that, Mr. Van Vleck was a Founding Managing Partner of GeoGlobal Energy, LLC, a $300mm geothermal energy development company that originated, developed, built and operated utility-scale geothermal energy projects worldwide. He has served as CEO for various portfolio companies and directed the investment activities for private equity funds focused on infrastructure opportunities in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Mr. Van Vleck has served or is serving on the boards of various companies, including GGE Investments, LLC, Wave Technologies, Alpha Energy, Voxiva, Forest Lake, and Phyto-Riker. Mr. Van Vleck has an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.
Mr. Polit is the founder of Be Green Trading SA and a specialist in coffee procurement, specifically risk management and hedging techniques, supply chain logistics, and sustainability solutions for end users. He has hands on international managerial experience in building green coffee export and import operations. He also holds leadership roles in multiple international coffee trade associations. Prior to founding Be Green Trading SA, Mr. Polit was a partner at Pluris Sustainable Investments SA and a Managing Director for Europe, Asia, and Africa at ECOM Agroindustrial Corp. Mr. Polit holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BBA in Business from Stetson University.
Mr. Canales is based in Monterrey, Mexico. He advises Mexican corporations on their domestic and international transactions, and foreign corporations on projects related to Mexico. He was CFO of major Mexican companies with responsibility for the finance, strategy and legal functions. He has extensive corporate finance experience and led the execution of major and complex debt restructuring, capital raising and M&A transactions in Mexico, the US and South America. He has also strong expertise in the Mexican telecommunications industry and a relevant exposure to the food, steel, auto parts, petrochemicals and energy industries. During his career, Mr. Canales has also had primary responsibilities for the development of business and corporate strategy. He is a Mexican national and speaks English and Spanish.
Mr. Gojman has over 20 years of experience in Investment Banking and Private Equity activities across Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Gojman has led several successful M&A projects in Paper & Packaging, Consumer Goods, Food and Beverages, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, and Industrials. Prior to joining FM&Co., Mr. Gojman worked at Blue Equity, BroadSpan Capital and JPMorgan Chase. Mr. Gojman holds an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School and a BA/MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University. Mr. Gojman is both a US and Mexican national with language fluency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Mr. Hämäläinen joined Fredericks Michael & Co. in 2018 and services its clients in Northern Europe and the U.S. Mr. Hämäläinen has over 10 years’ experience in advising clients in Finland and the Nordic countries in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital market transactions, as well as financial advisory projects in a wide range of industry sectors including industrials, materials, consumer/retail, healthcare, and accommodation. Mr. Hämäläinen has a Master’s degree in Finance from Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland and is a Finnish national. 
Manuela joined Fredericks Michael & Co. in 2019 after graduating from The University of Manchester with dual major in Economics and Business Administration. Since then, Manuela has worked on Latin American, North American, and European mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures in various industries, including mobility, energy & renewables, engineering & construction, food & beverage, and specialty chemicals. Manuela is a Colombian national and speaks English and Spanish fluently. 
Piers joined Fredericks Michael & Co. in 2021 after graduating from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Statistics. Piers has worked on European, North American, and Latin American mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures across industries including consumer products, food & beverage, and various industrial sectors.
Will joined Fredericks Michael & Co. in 2023 after graduating from Georgetown University with a B.A. in International Relations and Government. Will has worked on European, North American, and Latin American mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures across the consumer products, food & beverage, industrials, and paper & packaging industries. Will is a US national.
Alessandro joined Fredericks Michael & Co. in 2021 after graduating from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Since then, Alessandro has worked on European and North American mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures in various industries, including consumer products, renewable energy, HVAC, and electrical equipment. Alessandro is an Italian national and speaks English and Italian.
Ruben joined Fredericks Michael & Co. in 2023 after graduating with distinction from Penn State at the Black School of Business where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Ruben has also previously interned at Goldman Sachs in their New York office. Prior to attending Penn State, Ruben served on Special Operation assignments as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army collecting and interpreting actionable intelligence in Kandahar, Bagram, and Kabul, Afghanistan. Ruben has been stationed in Germany, Belgium, and has even served a brief stint with the National Security Agency in San Antonio, TX. Ruben is a Colombian-American, speaks both English and Spanish, and currently resides in New York, NY.
Hector joined Fredericks Michael & Co. in 2023 after graduating from Universidad Iberoamericana with an LL.B. Since then, Hector has worked on European, North American, and Latin American mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures across industries including consumer products, food & beverage, and various industrial sectors. Hector is both a Mexican and United States national and speaks English and Spanish fluently.
Ricardo Duque de Estrada joined Fredericks Michael & Co. in 2023 after earning an MS in Database Technologies from New York University and an International MBA from IE Business School. Since then, Ricardo has concentrated on European mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures in industries including consumer products, mobility, and construction and engineering, as part of the Spanish team. Before Fredericks Michael & Co., Ricardo worked at Deloitte in Mexico City, handling business restructuring, and at Yellow River Global Capital in Hong Kong, focusing on private equity investments. Ricardo is a Spanish national and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
About Fredericks Michael & Co.
Established since 1984, Fredericks Michael provides distinctive financial advisory solutions to large corporations, private and family-controlled businesses, and financial sponsors seeking to execute cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliances in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
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