Brennan Libbey talks Los Angeles and mid-market deal making with Buyouts Magazine

Buyouts: Need to Meet: Brennan Libbey, Partner at Livingstone

As a long-time investment banker, Brennan Libbey specialises in matching deals and private equity firms. He’s working on those connecting skills in the Los Angeles market, where he opened an office for global M&A and Debt Advisory firm Livingstone earlier this year. He also leads the firm’s US Business Services group.

Libbey joined Livingstone in February to build up the firm’s West Coast presence after about three years as Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey and nine years as Managing Director at UBS Investment Bank, among other career moves.

“We’re in growth mode,” Libbey said. “We’ve spent a lot of time meeting people in the LA market, and we’re really focused around building a long-term platform of relationships we can grow over time.”

The firm offers a simple value proposition to its clients: a higher close rate because of its greater focus on each transaction, with senior people working on deals.

“We’re not a volume shop,” he said. “We harken back to the golden days when investment-bank partners ran the transaction, with a thin organization and people very focused on getting great outcomes for their client. That’s what driving our business.”

Libbey’s skill in finding connections extends to an interesting coincidence in his career arc: Now at Livingstone the M&A and Debt Advisory firm, he grew up in Livingston, Montana. At an early age he became fascinated with business through his family’s ownership of a beer distributorship. He headed out of Montana to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and his career took off from there.

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