Robert P. (Bob) St. Germain

Corporate Finance Associates

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Fax: 614-476-2324

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P.O. Box 30285,
Columbus, Ohio 43230 (View Map)

About the Company

Founded in 1956, Corporate Finance Associates is one of the largest and oldest private investment banks in the U.S. We have offices worldwide and are independent of any legal, accounting, or financial advisory affiliations.

We provide merger, acquisition, divestiture, recapitalization, financing, sales, and strategic/exit planning assistance to privately held companies in the $5 million to $200 million annual revenue range, to private equity groups, and to individual investors. Our sector focus includes manufacturing, distribution, and B2B/C services.

Corporate Finance Securities, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, is the Registered Broker-Dealer through which we conduct our securities related transactions. We are result oriented and will structure engagement agreements that are largely contingent upon successful completion of a transaction.

We are located at: 200 East Campus View Blvd., Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43235 and can be reached at 614-476-2291(O), 614-476-2324(F), 614-325-8486(C) or

Broker Biography

Robert P. (Bob) St. Germain (614) 476-2291


Robert P. (Bob) St. Germain is a Securities Licensed and Registered Managing Director & Principal who runs the Columbus, OH office of Corporate Finance Associates, a private investment bank. He brings over 35 years of leadership experience from service in the military; from executive level positions in small to Fortune 500 corporations; and from serving both as an intermediary in a business brokerage and as a Principal at another investment bank.

He is a Registered Representative with the Series 24 General Securities Principal, Series 99 Operations Professional, Series 7 General Securities, Series 79 Investment Banking, and Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent licenses. His sponsoring Registered Broker-Dealer is Corporate Finance Securities, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC.

His practice focus is on privately held manufacturing, distribution, and B2B service businesses generating from $5 million to $200 million in annual revenues.

Bob's previous corporate M&A experience included work on acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures; participating on a joint venture board; serving on the sell-side management teams in separate $2.2 billion and $470 million mergers; and dealing with the many challenging post-close cultural and integration issues associated with those activities.

He has taught Strategic Planning at Franklin University in Columbus, OH; and regularly gives public and private presentations on various aspects of the M&A process.

Bob began his career in the U.S Army. Commissioned upon graduation from West Point as an Infantry officer before transferring to Special Forces, he served as a paratrooper in command and staff positions within the 82nd Airborne Division, VII Corps, and 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in both the U.S. and Europe. He also graduated from numerous Army leadership programs including: Command and General Staff College, Infantry Officer Advanced, Infantry Officer Basic, Airborne, Ranger, Jungle Operations, Special Forces, and Jumpmaster. He attained the rank of Major.

After earning his MBA, Bob entered the corporate sector and, over a two decades plus career, developed a broad functional background from roles in Finance, Marketing, Sales, Engineering, and Strategic Planning at Polaroid Corp., Grumman Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., Holophane Corp., and NSI, Inc. His international experience was gained from responsibilities for business development in Europe, Latin America, and Japan.

Services Provided

1.) Protection of securities related transactions (see SPECIAL NOTE below) by conducting all engagements within the context of our own SEC registered broker-dealer and by utilizing M&A intermediaries having the appropriate securities licenses and registrations; 2.) Sell-side engagements facilitating the merger, divestiture, and recapitalization of client companies; 3.) Buy-side engagements facilitating the growth of client companies via acquisitions; 4.) Strategic/exit planning.

SPECIAL NOTE: Federal and state mandates require that business brokers or M&A intermediaries who facilitate securities related business purchase or sale transactions (i.e. those that utilize stock, promissory notes, or certain other agreements that meet the legal definition of a "security" in the deal structure) be Registered Representatives (i.e. have securities licenses and registrations) sponsored by a Registered Broker-Dealer. Transactions that are not so facilitated could be subject to rescission for up to five (5) years post-close. Thereby, such a deal would be cancelled or annulled causing the business to be returned to the seller and any consideration in the sale to be returned to the buyer. Consult your attorney before engaging the services of a business broker or M&A intermediary to insure you are selecting properly.

Areas Served

  • Cuyahoga, OH
  • Delaware, OH
  • Franklin, OH
  • Hamilton, OH
  • Licking, OH
  • Professional Affiliations

    Bob St. Germain is a member of the West Point Society of Central Ohio. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the USO of Central and Southern Ohio.

    Bob earned his Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and his MBA degree in General Management from the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University.

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