Ben Brandes has joined CrossCountry’s Private Equity practice in their Boston office to help lead a dedicated team focusing on the needs of private equity firms throughout the country. In this role, Ben utilizes his deep industry knowledge and expertise in improving the finance function of companies to identify and assess clients’ needs and provide an integrated approach to working with private equity firms and their portfolio companies throughout the fund and transaction life cycle.
Ben is known as a three-tier executive with experience in private equity investment, financial advisory, and transactions. Leveraging an established network of relationships with capital providers, investment bankers, and business owners/ founders, Ben has invested, managed and advised on more than $2B for mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures.
Prior to joining CrossCountry, Ben was a Managing Director for Accordion Partners, focusing on finanancial consulting to private equity and VC firms, and as a National Director with Grant Thornton, he spearheaded their entry into the private equity space. In 2012, Ben founded Hyde Investment Group to invest in and grow franchised businesses in beauty, health, and wellness.
Earlier in his career, Ben launched a $100M+ private equity firm that invested $500M in total capital for mid-tier deals. In a period of nine years, he formed eight platform companies and completed over 30 acquisitions. He sold the bulk of the portfolio to a NY-based hedge fund, where he then led their private equity investments in media and entertainment companies.
Ben earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and his Bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.