Donald E. Friese
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
A QUARTER CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE
Since 1992, Greif & Co. has built an enviable track record of consistently creating incremental value for clients in merger, acquisition & corporate financing transactions through marketing expertise, negotiating skill, razor-sharp intuition and sound judgment. We take considerable pride in not just meeting, but beating our clients’ price expectations.
THE CULT OF THE OWL
Like the Great Horned Owl that symbolizes the firm, we are determined, aggressive and relentless in pursuing our clients’ best interests. Greif & Co. was founded on four guiding principles—wisdom, integrity, strength and aggressiveness—all of which derive from the Greek goddess Athena and are embodied in our world renowned, swooping owl logo. Ever vigilant, the Greif & Co. owl neither rests nor sleeps when its client’s future is at stake.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. At Greif & Co., we take pride in the caliber of our seasoned, highly skilled professionals, who hail from the ranks of finance, management consulting, law, accounting and industry. Our deal team members number among the best in the business, are sensitive to our clients’ needs and objectives, put their heart and soul into their work and are laser-focused on advancing our clients’ best interests.
WINNING CORPORATE CULTURE
Greif & Co.’s thriving, Wall Street West corporate culture sets us apart from the field. We do our utmost to achieve maximum value for our clients, guided by wisdom gained with experience, integrity governed by a resolute moral compass, and passion embodied in a love of the art of the deal. We view the inevitable obstacles that arise in dealmaking as just problems seeking a solution. We ride the ups and downs of every transaction’s rollercoaster so that our client doesn’t have to and emerges at the end no worse for the wear and tear of the journey.
INVESTMENT BANKER AS CONSIGLIERE
Creative financial engineer, skillful salesman, insightful strategic advisor, experienced operations consultant, astute psychologist and trusted friend—Greif & Co. does more, far more, than just expertly execute high-value corporate transactions for its entrepreneurial clients. We shepherd them through every challenging step and all aspects of their typically transformational journey, doing whatever is required to help them achieve both their corporate and personal objectives.
CONFLICT-FREE INVESTMENT BANKING
Greif & Co. specializes in representing entrepreneurially owned and operated companies. Half of our clients are family businesses. We do not seek to represent private equity firms or strategic buyers and, hence, have no conflicts of interest with prospective buyers and cannot be dissuaded from our mission to optimize value for our clients. We always put our clients’ interests first.
“TO DIE FOR” CLIENT REFERENCES
Just as Greif & Co. investment bankers are client champions, so, too, are our clients passionate about re-engaging our services or referring new business our way. Achieving successful results for our clients is the primary means by which we have built our practice. The math is simple: Past success = repeat business. We operate entirely on “word of mouth” referrals from past satisfied clients and other professionals with whom we have collaborated on assignments. “Cold call” is not in our vocabulary.
NO COOKIE-CUTTER DEALS HERE
We are merger, acquisition and corporate finance pros whose functional expertise spans industry boundaries. Unlike competitors who focus on only one or two industry verticals to the point of arranging cookie-cutter, formulaic transactions or getting too cozy with a handful of repeat buyers upon whom their livelihood depends, we develop custom-tailored solutions, bringing fresh, innovative ideas and best practices garnered from successfully engineering tens of billions of dollars of transactions in a broad spectrum of industries including consumer products, technology, industrial manufacturing & distribution, healthcare & medical technology, media & entertainment, food & beverage, business services, retail, aerospace & defense, and financial services.
TRANSACTIONS WITHOUT BORDERS
Fully one-third of the M&A and private placement transactions arranged by Greif & Co. are cross-border, involving Asian, European, and Latin American companies. Our deep-seated, long-standing institutional relationships include titans of industry, billionaire family offices, multinational corporations, private equity firms, hedge funds, banks and alternative lenders. We are also the exclusive West Coast member of Globalscope Partners Ltd., an international association of 44 independent investment banks in 38 countries on all six continents, giving us eyes, ears and boots on the ground worldwide.