Mr. Auer’s primary responsibilities include advising companies on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), divestitures, valuations and strategic assessments. He oversees M&A and capital raising projects at Prairie Capital Advisors. Over the past twenty years, Mr. Auer has worked on and sourced on average 5-10 transactions per year. In many cases, based on market conditions and valuations issues, it has been Mr. Auer’s approach to recommend other transaction structures other than a sale or acquisition by a client.
Prior to joining Prairie Capital Advisors in 2008, Mr. Auer started the Midwest Corporate Finance practice for KPMG, the fourth largest worldwide accounting firm, in 1994. KPMG Corporate Finance is the largest provider of middle market M&A services worldwide. Mr. Auer has served the industrial, consumer and service industries for the last 25 years in buying, selling and raising capital for middle market family businesses. Through his fifteen year commitment at KPMG, Mr. Auer developed a worldwide contact base of clients throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.
Prior to joining KPMG, Mr. Auer was President and a founder of Valtec Associates. Valtec was based in the Chicago area and had over 100 employees providing valuation and M&A services to the middle market. Valtec Associates was sold to Merrill Lynch in 1990 and subsequently became the Business Advisory Services division at Merrill Lynch. The division’s focus was to help family businesses review and execute the transition of their family businesses. Prior to becoming President at Valtec, Mr. Auer was responsible for all business development for the firm and took the company from 6 employees to 125 in ten years
Mr. Auer holds an MBA degree from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marquette University.
Posted on Sat, June 25, 2016