Charles Botchway, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Madison Street Capital, is well-known in the investment industry. Botchway was the Vice Chairman and co-CEO of Houlihan Smith & Company, Inc., before he organized Madison Street Capital. While Botchway was overseeing the Houlihan Smith & Company operations, he was instrumental in developing the company’s strategic planning and international expansion program. Botchway is an expert in corporate finance as well as in mergers and acquisitions.
Mergers and acquisitions are Madison Street Capital’s main focus according to Mr. Botchway. Botchway said Madison Street is one of the best when it comes to merging middle-sized companies with large corporations.
Madison Street Capital is based in Chicago, but the company has offices in Asia and Africa. Botchway likes to work with companies in emerging markets. There are so many merger opportunities in emerging markets especially when other investment firms are focused on other markets. The current economic atmosphere in countries like Brazil and South Africa gives Madison Street Capital an opportunity to make deals that other firms don’t want to touch because of the risk. Botchway has never been afraid of taking risks. That’s one of the reasons Madison Street Capital has been so successful in the mergers and acquisition market.
Mr. Botchway defines Madison Street Capital as an international investment firm that is committed to excellence, leadership, integrity and outstanding service. Madison Street Capital prides itself on delivering financial opinions, valuation services, and merger and acquisition expertise. Madison Street Capital is an investment firm that puts clients first especially in emerging markets where it’s easy to take advantage of economic issues that might hide the true value of a company.
Madison Street Capital is currently focusing on companies in India, Mexico and Brazil. Those countries offer companies in the United States and Canada unique merger and acquisition opportunities for different reasons, according to Mr. Botchway. India has one of the strongest GDP growth rates in the world and some of the best tech startups in the world. Companies like Microsoft and Apple are always interested in India startup companies and so are other American Corporations. Mexico is another country that is enjoying rapid GDP growth. Botchway said Mexico startups give American companies an advantage when it comes to labor and material costs as well as additional market share.
Brazil may be in the worst recession in more than 100 years, but Botchway thinks Brazilian companies are undervalued because of the economy, and he thinks the time is right for North American firms to acquire some of those Brazilian assets.
But Botchway also thinks South Africa is another country filled with merger and acquisition opportunities, and Madison Street Capital is working on several deals in that country.