MILWAUKEE, WI. – TKO Miller, LLC has hired Steve Yahnke as a Managing Director to head its Debt Placement Group. Steve will lead a team of professionals in Milwaukee and coordinate closely with the firm’s existing merger and acquisition advisory team. The Debt Placement Group raises private debt and structured equity, and will provide a full range of strategic advice to middle market clients. 

“Steve will provide a new and very valuable service for our clients,” said Joe Froehlich, Managing Director at TKO Miller. “Steve brings superb credentials, and brings a new capability that complements our existing investment banking offerings.  Our clients need to have the ability to look at an entire continuum of choices when recapitalizing their businesses, and frankly, selling equity isn’t the only answer.” 

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Yahnke has an extensive background in commercial banking and corporate finance, with over 25 years of complex transaction and restructuring expertise, and a track record of building and growing these capabilities within other prominent firms. Most recently, he was Managing Director at Concord Financial Advisors, LLC in Chicago, where he helped establish the firm’s Upper Midwest debt placement practice.

“I am drawn to TKO Miller for the solid platform of investment banking capabilities and services, the existing team of top professionals and, above all, the firm’s philosophy of giving its middle market clients the full array of industry and product expertise,” said Yahnke. “The team at TKO Miller has built a highly regarded practice serving the merger and acquisition needs of its founder and family owned business clients. I am excited about the opportunity to expand on their success and, with the talented team already in place, further position them as a leading firm in both mergers and acquisitions and capital sourcing.”


About TKO Miller

TKO Miller, LLC is an independent, advisory focused, middle-market investment bank. With over 100 years of collective transaction experience, TKO Miller provides merger & acquisition and financial advisory services for privately held and private equity owned businesses, with a special focus on family-and founder-held businesses. Our services include company sales, recapitalizations, asset divestitures, and management buyouts. TKO Miller has a generalist focus, but has served clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, business services, consumer products, and industrial products and services.

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