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Your business is your greatest asset. Our Hilliard Lyons Investment Banking professionals can help you design and execute innovative strategies that help your business reach its next stage of growth – and when you’re ready, prepare you for the next chapter of your life.
Investment Banking Services
Mergers & Acquisitions
Whether you’re positioned on the buy-side or sell-side, our Investment Banking experts deliver the strategic advice and practical solutions to help your M&A transaction run smoothly, regardless of its scope or complexity.
Capital Raising
To help your business raise the capital it needs to grow, our Investment Banking professionals can help you explore innovative financing alternatives, in both public and private markets, helping your business raise the capital it needs to grow.
Business Valuation
To help you produce a valuation that supports your business objectives, our experienced and credentialed valuation professionals will deliver an accurate, in-depth analysis of your company’s value using the latest approaches and cutting-edge tools.
Transition Planning
When you’re ready to transition your business to new ownership or to the next generation, the Hilliard Lyons Investment Banking team can help you develop a comprehensive and detailed exit plan that creates long-term financial security for you and your family and preserves your business legacy.
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Hilliard Lyons makes expertise accessible and approachable by blending full-service investment banking capabilities integrated with dedicated, local wealth management advice. Contact our team today to discover how we can help you plan for the future of your business.
S. Andrew McKay
Sr. Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking
S. Andrew McKay
Sr. Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking
Mr. McKay has over 35 years-experience in executing middle-market M&A, investment, financial, valuation and other business transactions. Mr. McKay is a member of the Kentucky and Georgia bars, and the Kentucky Society of CPAs. He is Accredited in Business Valuation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He is a Board Member of several closely held and family businesses. Mr. McKay has a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a JD (with honors) from the University of Georgia School of Law.
John T. Sweeney
Managing Director
John T. Sweeney
Managing Director
Mr. Sweeney joined Hilliard Lyons Investment Banking 1997, and again on 2010. Prior to joining Hilliard Lyons in 1997, Mr. Sweeney spent two years as a partner with Southern Capital Corporation, a Richmond-based private equity firm. Previously, he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Morgan Stanley Investment Banking and with the FIG-Insurance Group at CS First Boston. Mr. Sweeney received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and his BA from Amherst College.
John A. Mascarich
Managing Director
John A. Mascarich
Managing Director
Mr. Mascarich joined Hilliard Lyons in December 2002. As a senior banker, Mr. Mascarich focuses his efforts on the sourcing and execution of middle market merger and acquisition and institutional private equity capital raising transactions. Prior to joining Hilliard Lyons, Mr. Mascarich served as a small business advisor with Greater Louisville Inc. At GLI, he worked closely with business owners, accountants, bankers and other professionals performing financial analysis, assisting in capital structure determinations and creating pro forma projections for start-up and existing ventures.

Mr. Mascarich began his career at Lexmark International, Inc. in technology development and engineering in their business printer division. Mr. Mascarich earned his M.B.A. from the University of Louisville with distinction and his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Centre College.

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Overview of Merger and Acquisition Disputes

Mergers and acquisition (M&A) transactions can be complicated and full of uncertainties. Both buyer and seller do their best to protect themselves with legal agreements about how “post-closing” disputes will be handled. Both problems in structuring these agreements and the fundamental business itself can lead to disagreements involving the financial aspects of the deal. This article is a summary of the types of issues that can arise in M&A disputes.
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