Avondale Partners Investment Banking Healthcare
With more than 250 healthcare companies that generate nearly $70 billion in global annual revenue, Nashville is America’s healthcare hub. It’s also our backyard, so we've developed a deep understanding of the players, industry dynamics, and business and regulatory opportunities within the healthcare space. Learn more about how we can leverage our local and national healthcare Investment Banking expertise to help you plan for the future of your business.
Healthcare Investment Banking Services

The professionals at Avondale Partners Healthcare Investment Banking help design and execute innovative strategies to help your business reach its next stage of growth, or prepare for ownership transition, while providing insightful guidance every step of the way.

Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory
Whether you’re positioned on the sell-side, our buy-side, our experts deliver the strategic advice and practical solutions to help your healthcare M&A transaction run smoothly, regardless of its scope or complexity. Our advisory experience goes beyond just M&A - we also provide fairness opinions, give independent board advice, and help you navigate joint ventures, and corporate divestitures or carve-outs.
Capital Raising
To help your business raise the capital it needs to grow, our Healthcare 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. Our team has capital raising advisory experience in Private Equity, Mezzanine Debt and Structured Equity, Debt Advisory and Placement, as well as Capital Structure Advice.
Healthcare Industry Expertise
Avondale Healthcare Investment Banking works with healthcare clients ranging from small private companies to billion dollar publicly traded companies, who turn to us for comprehensive investment banking services on a regional and national basis. We have over 20 years in Investment Banking experience, and conducted over 200 transactions and assignments for clients in variety of healthcare specialties.
Behavioral Healthcare
Avondale Partners Investment Banking has experience working with clients in the behavioral healthcare industry. These clients focus specialize in a variety of behavioral health services, including:
- Psychiatric
- Early Intervention
- Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities
- Severe Mental Illness
- Substance abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Autism Therapy
Healthcare IT
We serve clients in Healthcare IT industry who provide systems, software, and consultation services to health care providers, including:
- Electronic medical records (EMR)/clinical care
- Revenue cycle management (RCM)
- Physician practice management (PPM) solutions
- Population Health
- Data Analytics
Healthcare Facilities
We serve clients in the healthcare industry who provide facilities for:
- Hospitals/acute care
- Ambulatory surgery centers
- Post-acute care/rehabilitation
- Skilled nursing / long-term care
- Diagnostic imaging
Healthcare Providers
• Dental Services organizations
• Physician practices
• Outpatient providers
• Specialty staffing
• Home health and community-based services
• Hospice
Outsourced Services
• Medical transportation
• Specialty medical distribution
• Care management
• Clinical research
• Outsourced survey solutions
Medical Technology
• Medical devices
• Medical equipment
• Specialty supplies
Life Sciences and Research
• Diagnostics
• Life sciences tools
• Contract research organizations (CROs)
• Personalized medicine
Our Professionals
Allison Brown
Managing Director
Allison Brown
Managing Director
Allison serves as a Managing Director with the group since 2018. Allison has over 11 years of investment banking experience, having completed over 45 M&A advisory and public equity offerings for healthcare information technology, healthcare services and medical device companies. Prior to Avondale, Allison was a Senior Vice President of Investment Banking at Houlihan Lokey and a Vice President at William Blair. Allison received her MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, from The Pennsylvania State University
Pat Sheperd
Managing Director
Pat Sheperd
Managing Director
Pat served as CEO of Avondale which he co-founded in 2001-2018.  He is a Member of the Board of Directors for St. Thomas Health, the Beacon Center of Tennessee and is the chairman of the board of Catholic Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Prior to Avondale, Pat was a General Partner of J.C. Bradford & Co. for 17 years, serving as the firm’s General Counsel and as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Pat received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from DePaul University.
Phil Krebs
Managing Director
Phil Krebs
Managing Director
Phil co-founded Avondale in 2001 and currently serves as the President and a Member of the Firm’s Board of Directors. His 30 years of investment banking experience spans Wall Street to Nashville. Prior to Avondale, he spent five years as a Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at SunTrust Equitable Securities, Inc. in Nashville. This followed 10 years at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in New York where he served as a Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets. Phil is President of the Board of Trustees of The Ensworth School and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Centerstone Foundation. Phil received his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Engineering from Cornell University.

Investment Banking Publications

How to Reduce the Risk of Fraud in Your Business: Lessons from the 2018 ACFE Survey

Fraud is like termite damage: No one wants to consider that they have it, but it can eat away at the foun­dations of your business. The recently issued “Report to the Nations – 2018 Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse,” by the Asso­ciation of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) contains salient cautionary advice for business owners seeking to protect their businesses. What are the key takeaways?
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