Formation of Acquisition Partners Announced


December 2016 - The Independence Group Announces the Formation of Acquisition Partners, a New Source for Buy-side Services

The Independence Group (IG) is pleased to announce the formation of Acquisition Partners, a new firm structured for targeted buy-side acquisition searches.  

Acquisition Partners will focus solely on achieving successful outcomes for highly qualified buyers and business owners. Its client base consists of private equity groups, family offices and strategic buyers who invest in and partner with businesses generating $1M to $5M in EBITDA. 

The new buy-side services company is the concept of Larry Willis, President of IG, an M&A advisory firm that he founded 20 years ago.  After establishing numerous relationships and completing more than a dozen transactions with PEGs at IG, Larry formed Acquisition Partners to accommodate the increasing demand for buy-side search assistance and to better serve the private equity industry. He serves as President and Founder of the new firm.

"Acquisition Partners is an exciting and unique venture that has been a long time in the making," said Willis.  "Attending M&A conferences for a number of years, I have been fortunate to meet many investment professionals and work with them on successful buy-side deals.  I saw there was great potential in creating a dedicated buy-side division. The team that we have assembled is talented, energized and eager to bring high-level opportunities to the table for our buy-side clients." 

Co-Founder Tony Roe will serve as Vice President of Acquisition Partners and will also continue to serve as Vice President of Business Development for IG.  "We feel confident that we have the team and the processes to be highly successful in introducing our clients to acquisition targets within any industry," Roe commented.  "Our role is that of a matchmaker, but we are willing to stay inolved post-introduction to the extent that our clients need our assistance." 

Acquisition Partners has just launched a new website at  The new firm is in the process of building its clientele and its list of pipeline opportunities.  Along with IG, Acquisition Partners has a broad geographic reach with clients in the Western region and throughout the U.S. 

Currently headquartered in Folsom, California, Acquisition Partners and The Independence Group will soon move into new combined offices in nearby El Dorado Hills.  A second location in San Francisco is headed by Tony Roe.