Our team of Matt Caras and Brian Deveaux has been together since 1996. We were the original team and we are the team today. Teamwork is one of the hallmarks of Leaders’ success and longevity. We understand the importance of working with each client and their professionals as a team, collaborating to achieve a successful result that exceeds the client’s expectation. And we accept a limited number of engagements so that we—Matt and Brian—can work on them together, simply because it is in our clients’ interest to do so. Our clients benefit from our complementary skills and experience.

In order to effectively advise business owners on transactions, especially owners of privately-held or family-owned businesses, we must get to know the businesses and their owners extremely well. This can only be accomplished through a hands-on approach. With Leaders, this means no analysts or junior associates doing the work, not even the “grunt work.” We—the principals—do it ourselves.

This philosophy, as well as a keen sense of ethics and an unparalleled level of attention to each client’s objectives, have often been cited as a major reason for our successful results.

Brian has been advising private businesses and their owners on M&A transactions for 20 years and has 10 years of hands-on management experience in operating companies, both large and small.

Matthew L. Caras

Matt’s diverse background enables him to structure a transaction that achieves our client’s economic and non-economic objectives.

Since 2002, Leaders has partnered with industrial gas and cryogenic industry legend J.R. “Buzz” Campbell. Our team’s M&A experience in the industrial gas industry is unparalleled.