Transactions are complicated. As such, company owners engaged in M&A or capital raising transactions typically employ a full deal team of investment bankers, attorneys and CPAs to successfully execute the transaction. There are numerous financial intermediaries who act as “investment bankers” on M&A transactions (and even capital raises) without registering as a broker-dealer. As you consider a particular firm as your investment banker, it is critical to understand the products and services the firm can – or cannot – provide. To ensure a successful and legal transaction process, it is critical to employ the services of a registered broker-dealer.