John L. Bates, Founder


Mr. Bates brings to his clients a unique combination of professional valuation, financial analysis skills, and, above all, actual transaction experience. He is qualified by virtue of his more than 15 years’ experience as a mergers and acquisitions and business brokerage professional, where intimate knowledge of complex fair market value factors is essential in negotiating successful transactions between knowledgeable buyers and sellers of small to midsize businesses.

In addition to personally participating in more than 300 transactions, involving private and public companies, Mr. Bates has completed more than 500 valuation and analysty engagements, including fairness opinions, economic and business analysis, and litigation support. He has valued a broad range of businesses, including agriculture, distribution, food services, technology, manufacturing, and retailing. He has testified at trial, and has been qualified as an expert witness on matters involving fair market value, business valuation, and community property business assets, such as family businesses and professional and medical practices.

Mr. Bates’ background and related experience includes serving as Managing Director for RSM EquiCo Capital Markets, LLC, an international investment banking firm specializing in the valuation and sale of privately held middle-market companies; a Registered Financial Analyst with Morgan Stanley; and President of Spectrum Business Resources, Inc., a business brokerage firm specializing in the sale of small to midsize companies.

Additional professional activities include past president of VR Business Brokers Southern California Council, and past vice president of the Business Brokers Association of Southern California.

Outside the profession, Mr. Bates has business experience as a national executive with an international public corporation, and he founded, successfully operated, and sold a private business service company. He has served as a Commissioner-Economic Development Commission for the City of Dana Point, California, and in an Analysty capacity to various business and trade organizations.

He is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA), and holds the following Securities and Exchange (SEC) licenses: FINRA Series 24, General Securities Principal; FINRA Series 7, General Securities Representative; FINRA Series 63 and 65, Registered Financial Advisor; FINRA Series 31, Managed Futures; and FINRA Series 79, Investment Banking Representative.

John’s direct line is (949) 212-7318.


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