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Shawn Keenan

  • Director
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Biography

Shawn is a Director in Capstone Headwaters' Tampa office.  He is active in mergers & acquisitions, private placements and other financial advisory assignments.  Formerly, Shawn was with Raymond James investment banking, where he focused on deal execution and client development for both public and private companies.  He has over 10 years of investment banking experience and has led execution efforts on over 40 transactions resulting in over $2 billion of proceeds for clients.

Shawn’s previous experience includes serving as an officer in the United States Navy where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant (O-3).  During his naval career he served as a destroyer navigator and communications officer, student naval aviator, and fleet Tomahawk cruise missile officer.  He has previously served as a club officer for both the San Diego and Chicago Gator Clubs, affiliate organizations of the University of Florida Alumni Association.  

Education

J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University - MBA

University of Florida - BA - Business Administration

Registrations & Affiliations

FINRA - Series 7 & 63 - Registered Securities Representative

Prior Firm Deal Experience

  • Advised Insurance Claims Adjuster on Acquisition by Brown & Brown Insurance
  • Advised Fireside Bank on sale of auto finance receivables to Consumer Portfolio Services
  • Advised Preferred Professional Insurance Company on its Acquisition by Coverys

Industry Coverage

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has been strong in the industry both domestically and internationally, as buyers seek to consolidate the market and become premium cross-border education service providers. Notably, both Chinese company Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited (NYSE:BEDU) and U.K.-based Busy Bees Childcare Limited expanded into new geographic territories this year including the U.S. Read more

Through the beginning of June, 17 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been announced or completed in the Primary & Secondary Education industry. This included seven acquisitions by private equity firms (41.2%), seven acquisitions by educational institutions (41.2%) and three acquisitions by strategic companies (17.6%). Notably, iEducation Group (backed by Leeds Equity Partner) acquired California-based Futures Academy in May for an undisclosed amount.Read more

Following a year of unprecedented merger and acquisition (M&A) volume, the Education Technology (EdTech) industry has kept pace with 2018 activity with 57 deals announced or closed in the US and Canada year-to-date. Private equity groups (PEGs) remain very active buyers and have accounted for 54% of deal volume to-date. Read more