Lower Middle Market Transaction Experts

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Cornerstone International Alliance



Kingsbridge Capital Partners is a founding member of the Cornerstone International Alliance (CIA), the world’s only global M&A advisory alliance focused exclusively on the lower middle market.

Each firm was chosen as a result of their extremely high integrity, extraordinary ethics and extensive mergers and acquisitions experience. Member firms are located in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin.

This exclusive and distinctive partnership allows Kingsbridge to provide business owners, strategic buyers, private equity firms, and trusted advisors with many more resources and far-reaching transaction expertise in a wide variety of industries.


Founding Member Offices:


​​Agency Brokerage Consultants, Florida 
Business Transition Strategies, Massachusetts & New Hampshire 
​Cornerstone Business Services, Wisconsin, California, Iowa
Kingsbridge Capital Partners, Missouri 
​Kingsley Group, Missouri 
Legacy Mergers & Acquisitions, North Carolina 
Link​, Arizona 
Murphy McCormack Capital Advisors, Pennsylvania 
Tennessee Valley Group, Tennessee 
Touchstone Advisors, Connecticut 
​Walden Businesses, Georgia

 

JAMES R. (JIM) WARD, EMBA

Managing Partner


Jim Ward is a Founder and Managing Partner of Kingsbridge Capital Partners and is based in the Kansas City Office. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and businessman with more than 35 years of experience in management consulting, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, information technology and machinery and equipment appraisals. During the course of his investment banking career, Jim has represented privately-owned middle-market companies throughout the United States and Canada.


As a seasoned business owner, Jim brings a unique perspective to every engagement he works on. He is passionate about helping each and every business owner design new and valuable options to prepare themselves and their business for a successful transition of ownership. In addition, Jim works closely with a select group of private equity investors and entrepreneurs to help them design and implement successful targeted acquisition programs.




lAURA mAVER WARD, m&aMI, CMAP, cbi, ceXp, cbc

Managing Partner


Laura Maver Ward, Founder and Managing Partner of Kingsbridge Capital Partners and Founder and President of Dovetail Business Advisors, is an accomplished entrepreneur and businesswoman with 35 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, management consulting, executive coaching, manufacturing and business services. During the course of her career, Laura has advised hundreds of business owners on mergers and acquisitions, financial advisory issues and business growth strategies.


As a fourth generation business owner and a seasoned business owner herself, Laura is passionate about helping each and every business owner design new and valuable options to prepare themselves and their business for a successful transition of ownership. In addition, Laura works closely with a select group of private equity investors and entrepreneurs to help them design and implement successful targeted acquisition programs.