Blue River is a national leader assisting private equity firms, public corporations, and acquisitive corporations to identify, analyze, negotiate, and acquire privately held businesses.

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For private equity firms and many corporations, Blue River is a catalyst providing steady streams of proprietary deal flow, insightful analysis, and reliable transactional guidance. With an impressive record of successful proprietary deal placements, Blue River is the right source for acquisitive growth. See our running and historical mandates.

Building Trust Opens Opportunities

With an estimated $2 Trillion dollar overhang in funds among corporations and private equity firms in the U.S. positioned for acquisitive growth, it has never been more critical to have a sourcing strategy that provides effective and proprietary access to potential acquisition candidates.

Gaining an audience with attentive business owners is not an easy or passive process. One must overcome lines of defenses and natural resistance to reach and develop trust with business owners.

Blue River has developed a specialized niche of contacting middle market business owners. Our proprietary process has generated exceptional results for acquisitive corporations and private equity firms for more than a decade.

Helping PE Firms Invest & Grow

In addition to supporting the needs of acquisitive corporations, Blue River has a deep history of assisting Private Equity (PE) firms execute growth strategies for both platform and add-on investments. Many of the largest and most successful PE firms in the industry rely on Blue River to drive quick results for key investment theses. Blue River reaches business owners directly before they are committed to a process. We consult and educate business owners to deliver better transactional counterparts. With short investment horizons, augmenting existing deal channels with Blue River proprietary deal flow can be a strong differentiator for our PE clients.

Fueling Oportunity for Public Companies

Blue River farms a section of the market that most Public companies find difficult to cover. Most large public companies farm the large acquisition market with excellence, but are unable to cover the middle-market or lower middle-market with any degree of consistency. Many times, the entire M&A department of these companies becomes entwined in a large transaction, leaving no-one to mine the pipeline.

Blue River’s team of experts can ensure that the right opportunities, regardless of size, do not go unattended and that appropriate smaller companies (possibly with key technology) are harvested and brought to the public company for review when the time is right.

Your Middle Market Partner to acquire privately held businesses

Large acquisitive public companies have business development departments staffed with significant resources 100% devoted to acquisitions. These companies know that successful acquisitive growth does not happen by chance. It happens on purpose. Most middle market companies do not have this luxury. Their acquisitive resources also have other jobs; CEO, COO, CFO.

But more and more they do recognize the importance of acquisitive growth. That’s were Blue River comes in.

We operate as an outsourced business development arm for middle market companies driven by acquisitive growth. Blue River leverages experienced, senior-level professionals, deep technological tools and proven processes throughout the investment cycle, resulting in proprietary acquisition deal flow.

As M&A experts in the realm of middle market privately held businesses, we help our clients make efficient investments and cause their time to become more strategically effective.

“There are very few firms that deliver the depth of acquisition support like Blue River. Our team of senior buy-side professionals continually follow Blue River’s 3 ‘P’s; Professional, Persistent, and Persuasive to deliver incredible results for our clients.”

Bryan Berent

Blue River Managing Partner



Committed to your outcome



Finding the way



Powerful and passionate


Our Process

Our team systematically executes carefully devised plans to identify, contact, screen and introduce ideally suited targets to our clients. In addition, Blue River offers solid acquisition structuring and tactical advice. Our advanced financial modeling and acquisition reports bring insights that stand alone or augment the corporation’s internal analysis.

A brief summary of our process goals…



  • Project materials complete, BR Team & Client ready for outreach


  • Create deal flow with bona fide sellers



  • Pass or issue Expression of Interest (EoI)



  • Pass or issue Letter of Intent (LOI)



  • Completion of legal, financial, operational diligence, structuring,  integration plan



  • Transaction complete, documents executed


OUR Memberships


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“Blue River has been a valuable strategic partner to Incline and our portfolio for several years. They identify and uncover unique opportunities and form genuine connections with business owners. This expertise has translated to acquisitions that have been mutually beneficial and significant drivers of meaningful growth. We value their relationship and ability to support our acquisition efforts.” 

Partner, Incline Equity Partners

“Blue River is a valued partner to our organization. The team is skilled at building relationships with business owners and then facilitating introductions to their clients. They are responsive, dependable and results oriented.”

Director of M&A, BBG

“Our organization has worked with the Blue River team on M&A activities over the last 4+ years. They do an outstanding job communicating and facilitating information between buyers and sellers to ensure a positive outcome for all parties.”

CEO, Painter’s Supply & Equipment Co.

“We have successfully worked with Blue River over the years.  The best way to determine if the relationship is working, from Huron’s perspective, is to have closed deals as the result.  Blue River has delivered that multiple times for us.”

Huron Capital Partners