About Us

Every Petsky Prunier engagement receives the highest level of attention from the senior members of our firm. Our leadership team includes a balance of accomplished former industry executives, experienced private equity investors, and career investment bankers. Together, we offer clients an unparalleled resource and distinguished track record of providing the highest standard of investment banking advice and strategic counsel.

Norm Colbert, Partner & Managing Director

Norm Colbert focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and private placement transactions for Petsky Prunier. He is active in all the firm’s industry practice areas and has substantial experience in structuring and selling a wide variety of securities, including preferred and common stock, convertible debt, senior and subordinate notes, and bank debt. Over his career, Norm has raised in excess of $30 billion in transactions ranging in size from $10 million to over $1 billion.

Prior to joining Petsky Prunier, Norm was a managing director in the M&A group and the global head of JP Morgan’s Private Placement Group from 1999 to 2008. At JP Morgan, Norm managed the largest dedicated private placement practice on Wall Street with offices in San Francisco, New York, and London and raised in excess of $25 billion in capital across all industries. Prior to JP Morgan, Norm was the head of Hambrecht & Quist’s Private Placement Group, focused primarily on raising capital for companies in the growth areas of the economy, including technology, media, telecommunication, business and information services, and healthcare companies.

Norm holds a B.A. in economics (with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa) from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. (with distinction and Beta Gamma Sigma) from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Selected transactions completed by Norm include:

  • Sale of Lenati to ProKarma
  • Sale of Zorch International to Satori Capital
  • Carlton Group’s investment from H.I.G. Growth Partners
  • Sale of Simpli.fi to GTCR
  • Envelopes.com's significant investment from TZP Group
  • $65MM Sale of DoctorDirectory to Everyday Health
  • Inspire's Growth Investment from Tenfore Holdings
  • Simpli.fi’s $16MM Series B growth financing led by Frontier Capital
  • Sale of mediaFORGE to Rakuten LinkShare
  • Show Media’s mezzanine debt investment from BNY Mellon-Alcentra Mezzanine Partners
  • Zeta Interactive's $70MM investment from GCP Partners and Madison Capital Funding
  • LifeStreet Media’s $66MM investment from Nautic Partners
  • BrightTag’s $15MM growth financing led by Baird Capital
  • Sale of Show Media's Taxi Top Media division to VeriFone Systems
  • Majority investment in CLEARLINK Technologies from Pamlico Capital
  • Sale of Group DCA to PDI
  • Merger of Outcast Media with PumpTop TV and Health Club Media Network
  • Sale of ClearSaleing to GSI Commerce
  • Sale of Hydra to Adknowledge
  • Raised $12MM in Preferred Stock for SpotXchange
  • Refinancing of Story Worldwide’s Debt Facilities
  • Raised $25MM in Convertible Preferred Stock for Waterfront Media
  • Raised Common Stock for Forbes
  • Raised $415MM in Preferred and Common Stock for Setanta Sports
  • Raised $48MM in Senior Subordinated Convertible Notes and Common Stock for Movida
  • Raised $325MM in Convertible Subordinated Notes for E*TRADE
  • Merger of Flexcar with Zipcar
  • Raised $65MM in Preferred Stock for Boingo Wireless
  • Raised $1.15BN in Class A Stock for Och-Ziff
  • Raised $40MM in Common Stock for Altairnan
  • Raised $53MM in Preferred Stock for TTM
  • Raised $32MM in Common Stock for Barrier Therapeutics
  • Raised $300MM in Common Units for Ocwen
  • Raised $60MM in Convertible Preferred Stock for The Princeton Review
  • Raised $67MM in Preferred Stock for Noodles & Co.
  • Raised $30MM in Common Stock for Bioenvision
  • Raised $32.4MM in Preferred Stock for Tagsys
  • Raised $200MM in Preferred Securities for Manchester United
  • Raised $72.5MM in Preferred Stock for Exclusive Resorts
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