Awards

 JD Merit & Company is honored to be an award-Winning boutique investment bank that has been delivering market Leading results for 25 years.

Our Awards

July 8, 2021
Axial's Q2 2021 Lower Middle-Market Investment Banking League Tables
JD Merit & Company Ranked Top 20 on Axial's Q2 2021 Lower Middle-Market Investment Banking League Tables. Axial is a private deal network and financial technology platform for business owners to invest and advise in Northern American Middle-Market companies.
July 8, 2021
2021
2021 M&A Awards Midsize Deal ($50MM-$249MM)
Align Capital Partner's acquisition of Electronic Transaction Consultant's Corp advised by JD Merit & Company. Awarded by D CEO Magazine and Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).
2021
2020
M&A Excellence Awards
CEO Of The Year (USA) awarded to J. Craig Dickens
2020
April 29, 2020
Axial's Q1 2020 Lower Middle-Market Investment Banking League Tables
JD Merit & Company Ranked Top 20 on Axial's Q2 2021 Lower Middle-Market Investment Banking League Tables. Axial is a private deal network and financial technology platform for business owners to invest and advise in Northern American Middle-Market companies.
April 29, 2020
Nick DeVaney - President & Co-Founder
2019
The M&A Advisor's Emerging Leaders
Awarded to Nick DeVaney
2019
JD Merit, Apex Linen and Highland Capital Partners announce a growth capital investment deal.
2019
The M&A Advisor Private Equity Deal Of The Year
2019 Winner Awarded to JD Merit & Company for the recapitlization of Apex Linen with Highland Capital Partners
2019
2019
Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year 
Finalist Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year 
2019
2019
Real Estate Deal of the Year
Real Estate Deal of the Year 2019 for the sale of Paulino Gardens to Pro Logis
2019
2019
Corporate Strategic Deal Of The Year
2019 Finalist - Corporate Strategic Deal Of The Year
2019
2018
AI Investment Banking Firm of the Year
Winner AI Investment Banking Firm of the Year. Acquisition International is a business title magazine that is the voice of modern business. The AI M&A Awards award those professionals who work through the merger process for a successful end transaction for all clients
2018
2018
Information Technology Deal Of The Year
Winner Information Technology Deal Of The Year
2018
2018
Industrials Deal of the Year
Finalist Industrials Deal of the Year
2018
2017
AI Investment Banking Firm of the Year
Winner AI Investment Banking Firm of the Year. Acquisition International is a business title magazine that is the voice of modern business. The AI M&A Awards award those professionals who work through the merger process for a successful end transaction for all clients.
2017
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2016
The M&A Advisor's Emerging Leaders
Awarded to Jeff Sasakura
2016
2015
Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year 
Winner Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year awarded to JD Ford & Company, a legacy company of JD Merit & Company
2015
2015
14th Annual M&A Advisor Awards
Finalist for Six M&A Advisor Awards 
2015
2011
10th Annual M&A Advisor Awards
Finalist M&A Advisor Deal of the Year Award in 3 Categories for the 3rd Consecutive Year
2011
2011
Consumer & Retail products Deal of the year
“Consumer and Retail Products Deal of the Year” awarded by the M&A Advisor, a leading middle market journal for M&A professionals, for outstanding deal making. JD Ford & Company was selected as winner of this award for its role in facilitating the recapitalization of Merrick Pet Care by Swander Pace Capital.
2011
2011
Corporate Strategic Deal of the Decade in Consumer Packaged Goods 2002-2011
Winner - Corporate Strategic Deal of the Decade in Consumer Packaged Goods 2002-2011. General Mills acquisition of Humm Foods, makers of LaraBar.
2011
Top 200 Investment Banks in the United States
JD Ford & Company, a legacy company of JD Merit & Company, was selected as one of the Top 200 Investment Banks in the United States by Equity Research Company.
2010
Lower Middle-Market Deal Of The Year And Consumer & Retail Products Of The Year
“Consumer & Retail Products Deal of the Year” and “Lower Middle Market Deal of the Year” awarded by The M&A Advisor, a leading middle market journal for M&A professionals, for outstanding deal making. JD Ford & Company was selected as winner of these awards for its role in facilitating the acquisition of Sun Water Systems d/b/a Aquasana by Catterton Partners.
2010
2009
Information Technology Acquisition of the Year
“2009 Information Technology Acquisition of the Year” awarded by the M&A Advisor, the leading trade journal for middle market merger and acquisition professionals. JD Ford was selected for its role in arranging the acquisition of Paragon Solutions Group by Forsythe Solutions Group.
2009
2009
Consumer Packaged Goods Deal of the Year
2009 Winner of Consumer Packaged Goods Deal of the Year. General Mills acquisition of Humm Foods, makers of LaraBar.
2009
2008
Finalist - JD Ford & Company Selected For Three Deal Of The Year Award Categories
JD Ford & Company, a legacy company of JD Merit & Company, was named a finalist in the Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year; Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year; and Consumer and Retail Products Deal of the Year categories, for its role in facilitating General Mills’ acquisition of Lärabar and Gitanjali Gems Limited’s acquisition of Rogers Jewelers.
2008
2005
Cross Border Deal of the Year 2005
“Cross Border Deal of the Year 2005 Finalist” The M&A Advisor’s, the leading trade journal for middle market merger and acquisition professionals. JD Ford was selected as a finalist for it role in arranging the acquisition of Elite Auto Glass/GlassPro by Belron International, the world’s largest auto glass replacement company. As a specialized retail and service business, Elite became the U.S. platform for Belron’s consolidation of the U.S. auto glass replacement industry.
2005
2004
Consumer Manufacturing Industry Deal Maker of the Year 2004
“Consumer Manufacturing Industry Deal Maker of the Year 2004 Winner” awarded by The M&A Advisor’s, the leading trade journal for middle market merger and acquisition professionals. JD Ford was selected for its lead role in the formation of Thomas Industries, LLC and its acquisition of Superior Yarn Technologies, Mattel Carpet & Rug, and Burlington Carpets.
2004
Joe Durnford is the Chairman and Sr. Managing Director at JD Merit & Co
Who's Who in Banking and Finance
Joe Durnford, formerly founder and CEO of JD Ford & Company, now Chairman and Sr. Managing Director of JD Merit & Company, has been selected by the American Cities Business Journal as Who’s Who in Banking and Finance for each of the past ten years.

Legacy Awards

Merit Harbor Group, LLC and JD Ford & Company have announced a strategic business combination, transitioning their companies and staff to form JD Merit & Co, effective February 25, 2019. All awards from legacy companies are reflective of our cumulative operations and transactions.

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