Columbia Advisory Group Helped its Private Equity and Venture Capital Clients Deploy More Than $300M in 2014

Columbia Advisory Group (CAG), a well-respected Information Technology (IT) consulting firm, assisted its private equity and venture capital clients deploy more than $300M in capital by providing IT due diligence services during 2014. These deals included early stage venture capital investments, complex divestitures from publicly traded companies, and middle market manufacturing acquisitions.

“In the private equity space, we are unmatched in our due diligence expertise,” said Vice-President,CAG. “Many companies may claim to be proficient with IT due diligence; however, they also focus on accounting and finance, among others. Columbia Advisory Group is highly specialized and only focuses its due diligence efforts on IT.”

Wingate Partners, a Dallas based private equity firm, recently closed several new investments with CAG’s help. Brian Steinbrueck, Principal of Wingate Partners stated, “Columbia Advisory Group is our ‘go to’ technology partner because they combine a deep expertise in all IT related matters with a thorough knowledge of the business and transaction dynamics. They consistently delivered thorough analysis and insightful recommendations under aggressive timelines, which supported us in closing multiple acquisitions in 2014. We look forward to working with them again.”

Jeanne M. Sullivan, Special Advisor and Co-Founder of StarVest Partners commented, “I have worked with the management team at Columbia Advisory Group for many years. I know we can rely on them to offer sound advice and proven ideas for our IT due diligence. Their skills and hard work recently helped us quickly and smoothly close multiple transactions. I trust the team at CAG to give us solid insights about processes, tech resources and platform audits.

“IT can be one of the largest overhead components of a company so how it works and what should or should not be invested in technology can significantly impact valuation and company performance.  IT due diligence for Private Equity and Venture sponsors can be complex. Experienced judgment is necessary to ensure that our conclusions are thorough, that we maintain our best practices, and that we provide an independent point of view,” said David McLaughlin, President and CEO of CAG.

CAG works with its clients to create and provide detailed IT analysis and solutions. CAG’s IT due diligence services provide EBITDA visibility, identify and mitigate IT risks, and minimize investment thesis execution risk. The company is known for working with difficult and demanding IT problems in a variety of economic, regulatory and budgetary environments. The industries representative of their clients include private equity and venture capital, higher education, non-profit, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, healthcare and pharmacy, as well as media and publishing.

About Columbia Advisory Group:

Columbia Advisory Group (CAG) is a well-respected Information Technology (IT) consulting firm. An established and proven company with 100+ years of combined technology experience and business acumen, CAG’s team has assessed and helped improve the performance of more than 300 technology organizations and IT departments. By focusing on simple, meaningful and practical solutions combined with straight-forward analysis and recommendations, CAG’s team has experience in many regulatory and economic environments with companies and organizations of all sizes. CAG not only offers a deep understanding of IT, but its solutions are software and hardware agnostic. Whether a client is high growth or economically challenged, CAG can adapt to the complexities and nuances of that business. Based in Dallas, Texas, CAG works extensively with clients throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.columbiaadvisory.com.

About Wingate Partners:

Wingate has a 27 year track record of purchasing controlling equity interests in companies with opportunity for substantial value creation from both improved operating performance and strategic changes. Wingate’s professionals bring substantial senior-level operating and strategic experience in addition to extensive careers in acquiring companies.  www.wingatepartners.com

About StarVest Partners:

The team of StarVest Partners believes that we have a differentiated positioning in the venture capital community and a targeted investment strategy that allows StarVest to stand out among its competitors in sourcing unique opportunities and supplying capital to outstanding businesses. www.starvestpartners.com

Columbia Advisory Group media contact:
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