Mooers Branton and Company’s leadership team has amassed considerable insight and perspective developed as founders of companies and as principals (not simply brokers) who have taken companies public in both the US and Europe. They have accrued experience doing three different types of alternative public offerings and/or accessing financial markets through creative means for companies where there is not usually an opportunity for them.
Among the noteworthy areas of expertise the MBC team brings to the table are: proficiency in consummating international transactions, experience in M&A’s (gained from handling several themselves), structuring follow-on offerings in public markets, and loans to bridge certain financial or M&A transactions, very selectively and where deemed appropriate. It should be noted that MBC does not encourage the latter, as that could be indicative of a lack of positive cash flow generation by the businesses and thus lead to concerns about whether they are qualified candidates. But from time to time, they have executed them.
While the MBC team has much experience in everything from being angel investors (which they no longer do) at the startup stage, to sizeable IPO’s, and have certainly been involved in some companies that experienced duress from time to time, they are quite proud that none of the principals has been involved in a company that ended up in bankruptcy.
Having had to build its acumen in a comparatively new field from end-to-end and without any template to work from, the MBC team is proud to say that its successes have far outweighed any failures. Their mission is to give their clients the benefits of that experience by avoiding potential mistakes and pitfalls and thus maximizing their opportunity for success.
Richard L. Mooers, Partner and Co-Founder
Rick’s merchant banking activities have given him a wide range of international experience, including experience in restructurings, turnarounds, and mergers and acquisitions.
Rick is a generalist in a world of specialists. Rick possesses a working knowledge or better in areas such as management, finance, accounting, tax; international dealings, restructurings/turnarounds, business startups, mergers and acquisitions, securities, legal, investment banking, consulting, negotiating and structuring transactions, licensing; regulatory issues, and most importantly risk management. Rick has both international and US-based experience. Rare and uniquely beneficial to any company, he brings this multinational experience as well as his key international relationships to our clients and portfolio companies. Rick has been involved in leading the various stages of business, from start-up to private placements, commercialization, IPO and exit.
In 1985, Rick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Prior to his investment banking experience, Rick initially practiced as a CPA.
Roger G. Branton, Partner and Co-Founder
Roger has managed all the stages of growth including the start-up phase, obtaining growth capital through initial public offerings and follow-on acquisitions of complementary companies.
Roger works in a wide variety of roles, including management, finance, accounting, tax; international dealings, restructurings/turnarounds, business startups, mergers and acquisitions, securities, legal, investment banking, consulting, negotiating and structuring transactions, licensing; regulatory issues, and risk management. Roger has invaluable international experience and relationships and has been involved in each of the various stages of business from start-up, to private placements, to commercialization, to IPO on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and NASDAQ, to exit.
Roger co-founded Mooers Branton & Company and MB Merchant Group, LLC with Rick Mooers. Mooers Branton & Company is an international merchant bank which provides early-stage financing to emerging businesses. Mooers Branton & Company manages its portfolio of investments through the privately held company, MB Merchant Group, LLC. Roger previously held the joint titles of CEO and CFO for Vislink Technologies, Inc., during which time he oversaw a comprehensive financial restructuring of its operations.
In 1989, Roger graduated from West Chester University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He trained as a certified public accountant and previously worked for an investment/merchant bank which specialized in the technology, agriculture, and environmental industries, where his duties included acting as interim chief financial officer for several companies within its investment portfolio.
Mats Wennberg, Lead European Partner
Mats Wennberg has been involved in the IT industry since 1976. Currently, he is a management consultant and investor and is engaged in a number of Nordic early and middle stage companies focusing primarily on the North American market.