Laura McNaughton is a managing director in the Chicago office and head of the business services M&A Advisory practice at Duff & Phelps. She has over 17 years of middle-market merger and acquisition experience. 

Laura specializes in providing sell-side services to family and founder owned businesses and private equity owned companies. She has assisted in the sale of more than 50 middle-market companies.

Laura has experience working with companies in various industries including, business services, industrials, consumer products, and food and beverage.

Laura’s recent engagement experience includes the sale of an educational products distributor to Wasserstein & Co., LP; recapitalization of a molder of plastic consumer and industrial products to AMCO Capital Partners; sale of an engineering services firm to Clearview Capital, LLC; recapitalization of a pet food company by Trinity Hunt Partners; and sale of a producer of powdered metals to Alleghany Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ATI) through a Section 363 Bankruptcy transaction. Laura also managed the sale of a ventilation and air treatment products company to Switzerland based Flakt Woods Group and the sale of a heat exchanger company to New Zealand based NDA Engineering. 

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps in 2000, Laura held positions at Vine Street Partners and Arthur Andersen.

Laura received her MBA in finance from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business and her BS in finance from the University of Illinois. She is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) registered representative, holding the FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses. She is actively involved in the Chicago Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and WAVE, the Women’s Association of Venture Capital and Private Equity.

 
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