Robert Napoli

Robert Napoli, CA LLP is Vice President and Co-founder of First West Capital, Western Canada's subordinated debt (sub debt) and mezzanine finance provider for small and medium sized companies.  Robert finances management buyouts (MBOs), mergers & acquisitions (M&A), and expansion for growign companies in all industries.  He has particular expertise in IT/communications, manufacturing, and services industries having completed cover 50 sub-debt transactions so far primarily in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.  

Robert is President of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Vancouver Chapter, Vancouver's community for corporate finance and M&A professionals.  He is also director and executive member of the ACG Global Board.

Robert has over fifteen years experience in corporate finance, accounting, and financing.  Prior to co-founding First West Capital, Robert was an Investment Manager at another subordinated debt fund.  Before that, Robert was Manager, Corporate Finance with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

As a Chartered Accountant in Canada and Australia, Robert contributes to his profession as an adviser to the Accounting Standards Board of Canada (AcSB), on Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE).  He holds Honours Degrees in Commerce and Law from Monash University, Australia.  In addition, he holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.  

Robert writes a monthly op-ed column in the Business in Vancouver newspaper on corporate finance matters.  
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Business Succession: Is an MBO or Employee Share Ownership Plan Right for You? Business Succession: Is an MBO or Employee Share Ownership Plan Right for You? Business Succession: Is an MBO or Employee Share Ownership Plan Right for You? Business Succession: Is an MBO or Employee Share Ownership Plan Right for You?


So you want to sell your business, but you have a dilemma: who do you sell to? This article shows how your well-trained staff can take over...

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Learn about the risks associated with vendor financing for a seller

Key Factors in Executing a Management Buyout Key Factors in Executing a Management Buyout Key Factors in Executing a Management Buyout Key Factors in Executing a Management Buyout


Executing a management buyout requires a willing seller and a prepared management team. Find out the key factors that are required to...

It's a Sellers' Market for Private Companies It's a Sellers' Market for Private Companies It's a Sellers' Market for Private Companies It's a Sellers' Market for Private Companies


Today's market can make you question if you should sell your business or not. Robert Napoli argues that now is a great time to sell your...

Why Retiring Business Owners Balk at the Idea of Selling Their Company Why Retiring Business Owners Balk at the Idea of Selling Their Company Why Retiring Business Owners Balk at the Idea of Selling Their Company Why Retiring Business Owners Balk at the Idea of Selling Their Company


Every owner has their own retirement process. Some are vying to get out, but many have second thoughts -- are they ready? What comes next?...