Although plant-based and cell-cultured meat alternatives are grabbing headlines, the animal protein sector remains robust with plenty of opportunities for mergers and acquisitions, according to Mesirow Managing Director Paul Mariani. In this episode of The Food Institute Podcast, Mariani provides an overview of market and opportunities for vertical integration in the meat sector.
“It’s our expectation that we’ll continue to see rising meat prices, with demand outstripping supply on the processing side certainly.”
More about Paul Mariani: Paul Mariani is a managing director with Mesirow’s Investment Banking group. He is responsible for developing key sector-relevant relationships, originating transactions, leading deal teams throughout the transaction process and providing advisory services to corporate and institutionally owned food, beverage and agribusiness clients.
Paul has more than 20 years of experience as an investment banker with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings and capital formation transactions (both public and private equity and debt).
Over the course of his career, Paul has focused primarily on the food industry with a particular expertise advising agribusiness companies, branded and private label packaged food companies, distributors and wholesalers, ingredients processors, growers, restaurants and retail grocery chains. Clients have included Fortune 500 publicly traded companies, privately held/family owned companies and private equity firms.
Prior to joining Mesirow Financial, Paul was a senior banker in the food and beverage corporate finance practice at KPMG. Before that, he was a principal with Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. and he began his investment banking career in Chicago with Banc of America Securities.
Paul currently serves on the board of Naturally Chicago, an organization focused on shaping and growing the natural and good food ecosystem.
Paul earned his MBA from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and his BA from the University of Michigan. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses.
Paul was a Division I collegiate athlete and continues his passion for Michigan athletics.
More about Mesirow: Mesirow Investment Banking focuses exclusively on middle-market transactions and serves both public and private companies in merger & acquisition advisory, debt advisory, restructuring and special situations, fairness and solvency opinions, board of directors advisory and special committee representation. Our practice combines rich industry knowledge and long-standing relationships with an entrepreneurial desire to customize advice and programs that help clients maximize corporate growth and value potential over time.