Terrel Bressler joined Prairie Capital Advisors in 2012 and is a shareholder in the firm. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital advisory engagements. In this role, Terry assists middle-market business owners in understanding and assessing their strategic business alternatives and then developing and executing transaction solutions to meet the owner’s objectives. He works with family, management-owned and private equity-owned businesses and helps these clients address their growth and ownership transition issues, including executing recapitalizations, M&A, company sales and ESOPs.
Terry frequently speaks on and writes about M&A and financing topics. He also authors Prairie’s quarterly M&A and financing topics newsletter, the Prairie Middle Market Perspective. Terry was announced as a 2017 Thought Leader of the Year Finalist by the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA).
During his 30-year investment banking career, Terry has originated and executed a wide variety of M&A and capital raising assignments for middle-market companies and their shareholders. Terry has developed expertise working as an advisor with clients in many different industries. During his career, he has raised nearly $2.0 billion in debt, mezzanine and equity capital and has assisted in the sale of companies with valuations as small as $10.0 million and as large as several hundred million. To date, Terry has completed over 80 investment banking transactions.
Prior to joining Prairie, Terry held Managing Director positions with boutique investment banking groups including Stout and Cleary Gull. He was also an investment banking Partner with William Blair & Company and held senior investment banking positions with McDonald & Company (now part of Key Bank) and First Chicago Capital Markets (now JP Morgan Chase). In addition, Terry spent several years in the private equity community working as the Director of Originations and Business Development for William Blair Mezzanine Capital Partners (now Merit Capital Partners), a $1.0 billion investment fund advisor. Before starting his investment banking career, Terry was a CPA in Arthur Andersen & Company’s Small Business Advisory Division.
Terry holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Terry currently holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 securities licenses.