Robin Engelson is the managing partner at Sapphire Financial Group, a Minneapolis investment bank she founded in 2003. Sapphire Financial provides capital raising services for middle market companies and debt capital services for private equity firms and non-bank lenders. Engelson touts her experience in lending as reasons for success in raising capital for independent sponsors, family offices, and private and public companies.
With her experience, Engelson is able to provide clients with “the guidance of what’s available in the marketplace to accomplish what they’re trying to do.” The best thing about raising capital, Engelson says, is optimizing the best capital structure and relationships for a delighted client. Sapphire Financial is working on several transactions at the moment. One of those transactions includes a $60 million capital raise for an independent sponsor that’s buying two service companies. The raise includes debt and equity transactions.