Brent A. Baxter
Brent Baxter is the leader of Clayton Capital Partners' buy-side practice and a senior dealmaker in the firm's sell-side practice.
Brent brings over 25 years of advisory experience to each engagement. He has worked with a diverse group of buyers and sellers (from Fortune 10 corporations to privately owned family businesses and leading private equity firms) to execute growth and diversification strategies through careful, creative and strategic acquisitions and/or strategic exits.
Brent and his team are proud of their track record of value creation for their clients. In addition to a keen appreciation for the mindset of sellers, Brent has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of acquirers. Earlier in his career, Brent was the CEO of a company that more than quadrupled its sales-through acquisitions-in only eight years.
CCP's buy-side team provides buyers with comprehensive, content-rich strategies, followed by a substantial number of qualified targets and then help buyers choose the acquisition targets that best suit their growth strategy, budget and risk tolerance. "Getting the parties to agree on price and terms is only half the distance to the goal line. Managing emotions, values and personalities is the key to creating an environment in which all parties negotiate to achieve positive outcomes," says Baxter.
Under his leadership, Clayton Capital Partners has created a high-tech, high-touch process that initiates numerous, high-quality conversations, nurtures relationships and closes proprietary transactions. Brent and his team have closed over 200 transactions with an aggregate value of over $1 billion.
Brent serves on the Executive Committee and is the Chair of Finance for the global Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth-(ACG), an organization of approximately 14,500 merger and acquisition professionals across the globe. He serves on the board of directors of several privately held companies. He also devotes his time to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education.