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.
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.
After 30+ 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.
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.
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.
Blake Davies, Chief Executive Officer
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 three 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.
George P. Caraberis, Board Member & Senior Managing Director
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 three 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.
Carey M. Hall, Board Member & Senior Managing Director
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.
Massimo Brambilla, Managing Director - Europe
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 national and speaks English and Italian.
Marcos Alonso, Managing Director - Europe
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.
Enrique Gaitan Maumejean, Managing Director – The Americas
Mr. Gaitan joined Fredericks Michael in 2008. He primarily advises Mexican and other Latin American clients on their international transactions as well as foreign multinational clients on transactions related to the Mexican and Latin American markets. He has extensive experience working on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and private placement transactions in industries including construction, chemicals, healthcare, food, industrials and paper and packaging. Mr. Gaitan is a Mexican national and speaks English and Spanish. He resides in New York City.
Greg Coggiano, Senior Advisor - North America
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
Felipe Canales, Senior Advisor – Mexico
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.
Michael Van Vleck, Senior Advisor - CleanTech
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.
Mauricio Gojman, Executive Director
Mr. Mauricio Gojman, an Executive Director of FM&Co., has over a decade of experience in Private Equity and Investment Banking activities across Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. He has led several successful M&A projects in Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Paper & Packaging, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Food and Beverages, and Consumer Goods.
Lassi Hämäläinen, Vice President
Mr. Hämäläinen joined Fredericks Michael & Co. in 2018 and services its clients in Northern Europe and the U.S. Mr. Hämäläinen has over 9 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 healthcare, construction, industrials, materials, consumer/retail and accommodation. Mr. Hämäläinen has a Master’s degree in Finance from Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland and is a Finnish national. He currently resides in New York City.
Manuela Quintero, Senior Analyst
Manuela joined Fredericks Michael & Co. in 2019 after graduating from The University of Manchester. Since then, Manuela has worked on Latin American, North American, and European mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures in various industries, including energy & renewables, engineering & construction, food & beverage, and specialty chemicals. Manuela is a Colombian national and speaks English and Spanish fluently. She currently resides in New York City.
Alessandro Lombardi, Analyst
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. Alessandro currently resides in New York City.
Piers Braunrot, Analyst
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.