CFGI, LLC ("CFGI" or "the Company"), a leading non-audit accounting advisory firm in the United States, announced today that funds advised by CVC Capital Partners ("CVC") have agreed to acquire a significant interest in the Company, valuing CFGI at approximately $1.85 billion. All existing shareholders are reinvesting in the transaction in partnership with CVC, including funds managed by global investment firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG), Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Nick Nardone and Shane Caiazzo, and the partners of CFGI. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, CFGI serves the Office of the CFO as an independent advisor to assist with complex accounting and process improvement needs. This includes technical accounting support, financial planning & analysis, capital markets and transaction advisory, business process transformation, risk management, valuation, and tax advisory services for clients from a wide range of sectors including healthcare, technology, financial services, energy and manufacturing. Operating without the restrictions created by auditor independence regulations, the Company serves over 2,500 clients nationally with a team of over 650 professionals across 12 offices.
"All CFOs need a non-audit partner to help them achieve their objectives, and this is where CFGI fits. We bring all the skills that CFOs need to succeed, both for regulatory compliance and long-term value creation. Staffed by a team of former SEC reviewers, Big 4 accountants, PE professionals and operational business advisors, we are there for CFOs on their most important objectives – whether it's IPO or audit readiness, implementation of a new accounting standard, transaction support, building a road map for digital transformation, risk management, valuation, tax or process improvement. Our clients benefit from our national office expertise, without the hassle of auditor independence," said Co-CEOs Nick Nardone and Shane Caiazzo. "We are thrilled to be partnered with not one, but two of the world's largest private equity firms as we continue into our next phase of growth."
"We originally became aware of CFGI as a customer of their services and were quickly impressed with their capabilities and business model. Their ability to bring national office expertise, both for transactional and operational support, is highly compelling and we believe CFGI is uniquely positioned to continue to capitalise on the underlying market trends that drive robust demand for their services," said Daniel Brand, Senior Managing Director and U.S. Co-Head of Business Services at CVC. "We look forward to working closely with their world-class management team, as well as Carlyle, to accelerate the already compelling growth opportunities while continuing to focus on delivering best-in-class services to the Company's Fortune 1000 and private clients."
"We are proud of CFGI's tremendous growth over the past three years of our partnership and the work that Nick, Shane and the team have done to build the nation's leading non-audit accounting advisory firm," said John Redett, Managing Director and Head of Global Financial Services at Carlyle. "Given the strong industry tailwinds and CFGI's clear value proposition, we have great confidence in the Company's continued success, and we are thrilled to partner with CVC to support CFGI in its next chapter."
Going forward, CFGI will continue to be a privately held, independent firm, under its existing leadership team and with ongoing dedication to delivering superior services to its clients. Upon completion of the transaction, members of the management team and employees will continue to hold meaningful equity stakes in the firm, reflecting a strong alignment of interests across CFGI's capital base, executives, partners and their clients.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions and receipt of required regulatory approvals. Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough served as legal advisor for CFGI. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as legal advisor for Carlyle. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acted as legal advisor for CVC.