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HighBank advises Garda Background Screening Solutions on its sale to Mintz Group

December 16, 2016
HighBank Advisors (“HighBank”), a Baltimore, Maryland-based mid-market investment bank, announces that it was the exclusive financial advisor to Garda Background Screening Solutions (8313784 Canada Inc / “Garda Screening” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Champlain Financial Corporation, on its sale to Mintz Group LLC (“Mintz Group”), a portfolio company of WestView Capital Partners. Mintz is a leading global investigations firm. 
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
With an unparalleled level of customer service and innovative technologies, Garda Screening has emerged as an industry leader within the Canadian marketplace and represents one of the last remaining independent Canadian screening provider of scale. The Company has been screening for major corporations, financial institutions and governmental agencies since 1922, and has achieved a level of industry recognition that is representative of its commitment to excellence, integrity and corporate governance.
“Joining the Mintz Group enables us to offer our clients the benefits of a world-class, global organization,” said Dan Fallows, Executive Director of Garda Screening. “This will help us continue to provide the highest quality services to our clients on a more diverse global platform.”
Frederic Latreille, President of Garda Screening, stated, “HighBank was an integral part of this transaction, working diligently to guide us through a complex process. Their understanding of the screening sector enabled us to find a partner that provided a strong exit for the investors while offering substantial growth opportunities for the entire team.”
“We are very pleased to have represented the leading independent screening provider in Canada,” stated Cherie Homa, Managing Director at HighBank. “Garda Screening’s reputation across the Canadian marketplace is second to none. We see tremendous value in the combined strengths of these two highly reputable businesses.”
About Garda Background Screening Solutions
Garda Background Screening Solutions is recognized as the most trusted and leading provider of pre-employment background screening solutions throughout Canada. Their industry experience and capabilities have allowed them to provide a wide range of services, including criminal record check, education and professional accreditation, credit report check, I.D. verification, reference check, international security check, and employment verification, customized for each unique client’s needs. Garda is headquartered in Montréal, Québec and has offices in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, please visit
About Mintz Group
Mintz Group specializes in clarifying complex business and legal matters by finding and analyzing critical facts that concern its clients, during disputes and after frauds. Leading corporations and their legal, financial and recruiting advisors trust Mintz Group’s results to stand up to scrutiny by judges, juries, the press and the public. Mintz Group is headquartered in New York City and has offices in Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Miami, FL; London; Hong Kong; Beijing; Nairobi, Kenya; San José, Costa Rica; and São Paulo, Brazil. For more information, please visit
About HighBank Advisors LLC
HighBank is a full service mid-market investment bank and financial advisory firm. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with regional offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Raleigh, North Carolina, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, raising capital, exit and transaction planning, business valuations, fairness and capital adequacy opinions, loan workouts and debt restructurings, and distressed asset sales. HighBank was formed on a mission that our clients and our people deserve to have their highest expectations met and to receive higher value for their investments of money and time. For more information, visit
All investment banking services are provided by HighBank Securities LLC (“HBS”), a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC. HBS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HighBank Advisors.