About the Publisher

John Slater, Publisher

John Slater, a FOCUS Partner and its Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Team Leader, has thirty-five years of  investment banking experience in M&A and corporate finance.  Prior to that time, he spent nine years as a practicing attorney, focused primarily on financial transactions, securities and tax matters.  He has served clients in industries ranging from manufacturing, distribution logistics, aerospace, robotics and automation to information technology and software based services, telecom, broadband distribution, digital media and business services.

Based on these experiences Mr. Slater believes that the maturation of digital technologies and their increasing application to transform the physical environments in which businesses operate and humans live presents a unique opportunity comparable to, but significantly more important than the Dotcom Boom in the 1990s and social media and cloud computing in the 21st century. He believes we are in the early innings of an automation and digitization boom that promises to fundamentally transform the manufacturing and distribution industries. Companies that don’t adapt are at significant risk of being left behind. As a consequence he has focused his practice to focus on companies impacted by this new era of digital transformation.

Mr. Slater has completed multiple transactions in the precision machining and metalworking industry, which he sees as being highly fragmented and ripe for consolidation.  He believes that a similar dynamic exists within the Automation Integration sector and is actively pursuing assignments with entrepreneurial firms involved in designing, building and installing productivity solutions for manufacturers and supply chain logistics providers.  Examples of these firm’s products and solutions include Robotics, Industrial Internet of Things (inclusive of related Cybersecurity requirements) and Industry 4.0 software solutions, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, Drones and Autonomous Vehicles, and Sensors, Photonics and Optics.

Mr. Slater graduated from Princeton University with an AB degree in Economics and the University of Virginia Law School with a JD degree.  He publishes the Capital Matters blog at www.capmatters.com. He publishes extensively on subjects related to digital transformation and the financial and strategic issues faced by owners of entrepreneurial businesses.  Over his career, Mr. Slater has managed more than 200 M&A and capital raising transactions with aggregate values in excess of $3 billion.  His experience includes mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, private placement of debt and equity, transition planning for family businesses, business valuations, going private transactions, industrial revenue bond financings and initial public offerings.

Contact John at john.slater@focusbankers.com or by phone at 901-684-1274.

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