Private Equity Practice Leader
Jonathan leads Fahrenheit’s Private Equity Practice, a cross-functional, senior-level team with extensive real-world experience in addressing the challenges that portfolio companies and their financial sponsors face. With resident experts in finance and accounting, operations, restructuring, executive coaching, and sales organization transformation that have the flexibility to engage clients on a project-specific or more immersive interim basis, Fahrenheit offers an unrivaled tool kit of capabilities that are deployed to overcome obstacles to growth and quickly create equity value within portfolio companies.
Investment Banking Principal
Jonathan serves as Principal of Fahrenheit Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank that specializes in providing buy- and sell-side M&A advisory services to owners of family-held and other private businesses. Jonathan can help the most experienced and seasoned business owners, as well as those who may have never been through a sale process before. As such, he employs a high-touch approach to the transaction process, ensuring his clients understand not only how the process will unfold, but the importance of each step along the way. For clients that are not currently ready to sell, Brabrand offers an extensive pre-transaction advisory program to help entrepreneurs, business owners, and Boards of Directors evaluate and prepare for future liquidity events. His expert advice on liquidity alternatives, timing, valuation, and overall transaction readiness enables business owners to confidently execute their optimal strategy at the most opportune time.
After graduating from the University of Richmond, Jonathan began his career with Harris Williams & Co. during a period of rapid growth, then co-founded Boxwood Partners as a start-up Richmond-based boutique investment bank. Most recently, he was Managing Director in the Commercial & Industrial investment banking group at BB&T Capital Markets, where he led M&A processes for privately held businesses and portfolio companies of private equity groups and family offices.
- Advised owners of a 30-year old family business in a majority sale, valued over $60 million, to a private equity group, significantly diversifying the owners’ net worth and facilitating transition from day-to-day operations to Chairman of the Board
- Advised an international company on the divestiture of a non-core U.S. division to a strategic buyer for over $40 million, focusing especially on the revenue-enhancing and cost-savings synergies available through the combination
- Advised a blue-chip private equity firm in the sale of an asset-intensive, old economy niche manufacturer in its sale to an operationally focused investment fund, valued over $30 million, including evaluating the alternatives of selling to international and domestic strategic buyers
- Bachelor’s degree, Business Administration, University of Richmond
- Series 7, 63 Licenses