Last time we discussed how buyers of businesses assess vendor motivation. I also checked in with several experienced merger and acquisition advisors for their tips and experiences on how to assess a seller’s level of motivation.Continue Reading
Kristi has been providing mid-market businesses with relationship-focused, strategic financing for over twenty years. As Co-Founder and National Managing Director, Kristi leads First West Capital across Canada and delivers tailored subordinated debt, mezzanine and equity financing solutions for growth, acquisitions and transitions.
Prior to First West Capital, Kristi spent ten years with Vancity Capital, another B.C.-based subordinated debt fund. She has also worked with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Small Enterprise Equity Fund of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Kristi holds a Master of Business Administration in International Business from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) in History and Russian Studies from McGill University.
Kristi currently chairs the board of Junior Achievement of B.C. and acts as an advisor to the Fulmer Foundation. Previously, she has served as vice-chair of the Vancouver International Marathon Society, is past president of the AWF Association of Women in Finance and former chair of the B.C. Provincial Child Care Council. In 2015, Kristi was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the category of Business and the Professionals, and is the recipient of the 2017 CVCA Ted Anderson Community Leadership Award.
Recent posts by Kristi Miller
I was recently involved in an acquisition transaction that fell apart at the altar. In this case, the seller ultimately did not honour commitments he made at the letter of interest stage. There are only two possible explanations — either he didn’t understand those commitments, or he had a change of heart. Continue Reading
Companies are like people—they can change, for better or worse. Are your financial partners growing alongside you or is the relationship stuck in a rut, with each annual review simply a roll-over of the prior year’s facilities? If you answer yes to two or more of the following questions, you may have outgrown your bank: Continue Reading