Our Mergers and Acquisitions International Network, or "MAIN", is a group of qualified middle market focused independent corporate finance firms in 13 countries. This network provides our firm with vetted international resources with specific local knowledge.
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The principals of BBC have spent their careers and hundreds of thousands of air miles establishing professional and personal relationships around the globe. We maintain active relationships in the following countries:

- Canada
- South America
- Mexico
- Italy
- Spain
- Germany
- United Kingdom
- Iceland
- Korea
- China
- Japan
- India
- Sweden
ABOUT US

Billow Butler & Company LLC (BBC) is a middle-market investment banking firm with a specialized capability for sell side transactions. We help clients identify options, understand value and execute deals that maximize their interests.

Founded in 1997 by Bob Billow and Darrell Butler, BBC has prospered for over two decades because it is devoted to its clients and conducts business with integrity. We invest our time to truly understand clients and their objectives. Clear and consistent communication keeps clients informed and deals moving forward. These attributes and practices support our deliberately simple strategy to deliver the performance we promise.

WE'RE CLOSERS - Firms do not close deals. Dealmakers close deals. A composite of established skills, resourceful experience, and unlimited drive has fueled success for all of our past clients, transaction after transaction and year after year.

TOUGH TRANSACTION EXPERIENCE - We’re successful closing deals that require hard work and imagination to overcome obstacles. Delivering success on the harder deals is not about size, specialization or reputation, it’s about real deal experience. Our depth and diversity of experience give us the ability to close deals at optimal valuations.

SENIOR LEVEL ENGAGEMENT - We engage in only a select number of transactions at a given time so that every deal can be actively managed by a Managing Director. From preparation through due diligence, a seasoned Managing Director is directly working to ensure that each transaction progresses efficiently towards conclusion.

STRUCTURED DEAL PROCESS - We create an individualized deal process for each transaction. This enables us to clearly identify objectives and obstacles; assign order to tasks and timelines; and manage expectations. A well-organized deal closes sooner with higher valuations and less stress.

PROFESSIONAL ACCESS - A big part of investment banking is relationships. Our combined professional network includes thousands of C-level executives, lawyers, accountants, bankers, family offices and private equity groups. This network gives us access to necessary real-time market intelligence, pricing data, emerging industry trends and active buyers, lenders, or financing sources.

 

LEADERSHIP
The success of a transaction depends on the aggregate skills of people on the deal team. We have a diverse and exceptional team. Our Managing Directors all share the belief that hard work, dedication to client service, and perseverance towards achieving client objectives are the elements that drive exceptional outcomes.

Robert D. Billow - Managing Director & Principal
Mr. Billow is responsible for originating and executing middle market acquisition and divestiture assignments. He has over 40 years of transaction experience through his roles as a corporate attorney and as an investment banker. He has participated in more than 300 transactions in a wide variety of industries ranging in size from several million dollars to over one billion dollars. FULL BIO


He has been a welcomed lecturer and panel participant before various state and local bar associations and continuing education forums and has presented talks before numerous gatherings of business analysts, lawyers, accountants, and business owners.

Prior to founding Billow Butler & Company, Mr. Billow served for 10 years as a decorated dealmaker at a national middle-market investment bank. During each of his final two years at the firm, his deal team, which included Darrell Butler, earned the firm's "Top Gun" award multiple times, which recognizes the firm's most prolific deal team. In addition, Mr. Billow earned other coveted accolades, including the "Gold Max" and "Crystal Max" awards for his ability to generate and close transactions. For 12 years prior, he practiced law at Winston & Strawn, a leading national law firm headquartered in Chicago. Mr. Billow specialized in business mergers, acquisitions and sales for major publicly-traded clients, as well as privately held companies. As a partner, he enjoyed responsibility for a significant number of transactions. In 1981, he became the youngest person elected to the firm's partnership at that time. In addition to the energies he has devoted to these professional endeavors, Mr. Billow is very committed to active leadership in the community and many philanthropic organizations.

Mr. Billow graduated Highest Honors with a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University where he was a member of the honorary society of Phi Beta Kappa. He received both his M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from The University of Chicago.

Darrell M. Butler - Managing Director & Principal
Mr. Butler has been involved in mergers and acquisitions for more than 27 years, participating in more than 200 transaction assignments ranging in value up to $750 million. As immediate past chairman of an international network of investment banks, Mr. Butler travels extensively and leads the firm’s cross border transactional efforts. FULL BIO


Prior to co-founding Billow Butler & Company, he was an accomplished associate and vice president at a leading national investment bank, where he was formally recognized as Top Associate for leading the company in deals closed and fees generated. Mr. Butler spent more than seven years at Arthur Andersen as a financial consultant to Fortune 1000 clients. In addition to earning consistently outstanding marks during his tenure at Andersen, he is proud to have received the Sequoia Award for mentoring in support and development of his staff.

He is currently an independent director on the board of Restonic Mattress Corporation and has served for 15 years as the treasurer of a not-for-profit educational corporation and previously served six years as treasurer of a $1.2 million not-for-profit corporation. Mr. Butler has spoken before members of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Chicago Bar Association and industry trade associations and has been published in such magazines as Forbes and Flexible Packaging on topics involving corporate finance and deal-making.

Mr. Butler holds an M.B.A. in Financial Management and Strategy from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Finance, with honors, from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.

Lawrence Dick - Managing Director
Mr. Dick has over 35 years of diverse industry merger and acquisition experience through his roles as a corporate development executive with a Fortune 50 Corporation and as an investment banker. He has participated in more than 200 transactions in a wide range of industries with transaction size ranging from $2 million to over $700 million.  FULL BIO


Prior to joining Billow Butler & Company he spent eleven years as a founder of a boutique middle market merger and acquisition firm which he subsequently merged into Billow Butler & Company. Previously, Mr. Dick spent five years with a national middle market investment bank and ten years with Beatrice Companies, Inc. as a Director in its Corporate Development Group where he worked on numerous transactions in North America and Europe. Early in his career, he spent several years with Ernst & Young conducting audits of a diverse group of manufacturing and service companies. In addition he spent several years in a marketing capacity with NCR Corporation. Mr. Dick currently is involved with a major international not-for-profit organization in a financial consulting advisory role.

Mr. Dick holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Northern Illinois University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.
Andrew Winick - Managing Director
Andrew has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking and corporate finance. He has worked in the M&A and Investment Banking Industry Groups of Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley in Chicago and New York, where he completed numerous M&A, debt and equity transactions for public and private companies in both domestic and international markets.  FULL BIO


He has successfully advised both Fortune 500 and middle market companies on numerous M&A deals in the consumer, technology, industrial, gaming and aerospace industries. He has lectured on M&A and valuation at Northwestern University's graduate school, and has founded and operated businesses in disparate industries.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Skidmore College and graduated with Honors with an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Business.
John M. Lahti - Managing Director
Mr. Lahti is a Managing Director for Billow Butler & Company, L.L.C. in Chicago and has over 16 years of investment banking experience.  His services are focused on advising family and entrepreneur-owned companies with merger and acquisition transactions. He has closed more than 50 transactions across several industries, including distribution, direct marketing, industrial manufacturing and consumer products.   FULL BIO

In addition to mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Lahti executes private market financing transactions for middle-market companies.  Such transactions include raising senior debt, mezzanine debt and equity for a variety of corporate purposes.

Prior to joining Billow Butler, Mr. Lahti served as a Vice President in the investment banking group of Stout Risius Ross.  Preceding his experience at Stout Risius Ross, he worked in Blackman Kallick’s corporate finance consulting group as well as for New York investment bank Peter J. Solomon Company.

Mr. Lahti earned an MBA in finance, accounting, and economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business where he was a James B. Angell Scholar.