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John Slater, a FOCUS Partner and Capital Financing Team Leader, has thirty years of M&A and capital raising experience. Prior to that time, he spent nine years as a practicing attorney, focused primarily on financial transactions, securities and tax matters. Mr. Slater has served clients in ...more


Economics Of Automation - Robotic Welding ROI In A Low-Volume, High-Mix Environment
Small welding shops understand the challenges of finding skilled labor, but are faced with the complex task of determining the ROI of automation for an ever-changing product mix.
FOCUS Telecom Business Services Quarterly: Winter 2021 Report
The sector revenue multiple fell from 0.7x a year ago to 0.6x, while the sector EBITDA multiple declined from 9.2x to 8.4x.
FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly – Fall 2020
The sector revenue multiple increased from 4.1x to 5.2x, while the sector EBITDA multiple went from 17.0x to 20.4x.
Private Equity Has Noticed Manufacturing (Again)
For years entrepreneurial manufacturing firms were ignored by the private equity community as big money chased after technology, health care and other sectors thought to be more “glamorous”. But no more...
Is Now The Right Time To Consider An ESOP?
We recently adopted an ESOP, an employee stock ownership plan, as it afforded our partners an opportunity to redeem their capital accounts but kept our existing organization intact without any changes to our culture. Is an ESOP right for you?
Made In America: The 33 Cent Chinese Arkansas T-Shirt
Recently my colleague Marco Chan shared an extraordinary story that puts a new slant on the public discussion about robotics, China, outsourcing and the future of jobs.


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Work Experience

Capital Matters Blog
March 2008 - Present (15 years 5 months)
Capital Matters provides business owners and their advisers with actionable information to help them understand how business growth can be financed in the new environment post financial crash. Capital Matters champions private entrepreneurial firms as they struggle to be heard in a media world too often focused on the most powerful elements of the business community to the detriment of private firms.
Partner and Capital Financing Group Team Leader
Focus Investment Banking
May 2005 - Present (18 years 4 months)
John Slater, a FOCUS Partner, Team leader of its Capital Financing Group and a member of its Board of Directors, is an M&A and capital raising veteran of thirty years. He has served clients throughout the U. S. in a wide variety of industries including small business financing, healthcare, information technology, digital media, business services, manufacturing, and distribution logistics. Over the past thirty years Mr. Slater has managed more than 200 M&A and capital raising transactions.
Founder & CEO
Asset Services/Slater & Company
1885 - 2005 (122 years 1 month)
Asset Services/Slater & Company was a middle market investment banking boutique headquartered in Memphis, TN. It provided corporate finance and merger and acquisition advisory services to entrepreneurial businesses, completing over one hundred fifty assignments over a period of twenty years.
First Vice President
Morgan Keegan
May 1982 - May 1985 (3 years 1 month)
I was the fifth employee in Morgan Keegan's then nascent Corporate Finance Department. There i worked on public offerings and private placement of debt and equity.
Winchester Huggins Charlton Leake Brown and Slater
May 1979 - May 1982 (3 years 1 month)
Corporate attorney focused on financing of new business investment projects.
Martin Tate Morrow and Marston
May 1973 - May 1979 (6 years 2 months)
Corporate bankruptcy specialist. Corporate attorney focused on financing of business expansion projects.


University of Virginia School of Law
1970 / 1973
Princeton University
1966 / 1970