HamiltonClark was originally organized in 1989 in Houston. Throughout the past 30 years we have assisted public and private companies that are overlooked by large Wall Street firms and by regional investment banking firms that had merged into larger financial institutions. Typically, our financing transactions are sourced from institutional private equity, venture capital or strategic corporate investors who were looking to extend their R&D and project activities by investing in promising new projects or technologies. We also assist private companies in selling their business, we help large companies divest of non-core operations, and we advise on shareholder value enhancement engagements. Based on the prior banking and investment banking experience of our Managing Directors, we have been sought out by companies that want Wall Street experience but without the cost, complexity, or attitude of a Wall Street investment banking engagement.
In the summer of 1996 Price Waterhouse acquired the assets of our predecessor firm as PW sought to build a U.S. corporate finance practice. We became the Houston-based energy practice of PW Corporate Finance.
In 2003 we re-started HamiltonClark and re-acquired our original FINRA license. We continue to offer our clients the same commitment as we did when we began in 1989, stressing integrity, a “can do attitude” and professional Wall Street investment banking experience.
On July 11, 1804 America witnessed the death of its first Secretary of the Treasury. Considered America’s first investment banker, Alexander Hamilton convinced investors to finance the ultimate transaction, the birth of an infant country. Its value proposition was freedom and democracy. As a co-author of the Federalist Papers he died “believing he must meet his challenge on the field of honor.”
Less than two months earlier, another great American embarked on the ultimate due diligence assignment, “to reach the western ocean” and figure out what America actually acquired in the Louisiana Purchase, its first big acquisition. Together with Meriwether Lewis, William Clark commanded “one of the most momentous journeys in American history.”