With buyers seeking to invest in smaller restaurant chains, investment banker Amy Forrestal knows what to look for in the space since that area is her sweet spot. Before joining Brookwood in 2002, Forrestal was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 1987 to 2001.

“The ability to manage a brand and support franchises that are running and building their own business is attractive,” says Forrestal, who advises on majority sell-side transactions. “These franchisors are high cash flow, very leveragable and have low capital expenditures.” Typically, Brookwood focuses on deals that have up to $250 million in enterprise value.

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