PCE Investment Bankers, a leading financial services firm for mid-market companies, is pleased to announce the shareholders of Forum Architecture & Interior Design (Forum) have sold the remaining interest to the Forum Architecture & Interior Design Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Trust as part of a 100% ESOP transaction. PCE served as the financial advisor to Forum.
Founded in 1986 by R. Norman Stoehr and James B. Black, Forum is a full-service commercial and residential architectural firm specializing in planning, architecture, and interior design throughout the United States. The Central Florida based firm credits their success to the team’s united commitment to offering clients exceptional design with superior collaboration.
Forum’s existing ESOP has owned a minority interest stake in the company since 2004 when the ESOP was first established. With the objective of remaining independent and privately owned, Stoehr and Black decided to transfer 100% ownership to the employees.
PCE guided Forum through the feasibility study, providing them a range of options, raised the capital and structured a smooth transaction.
Black, reflecting on the transaction, stated “We are very excited to complete the transition of ownership to the individuals that have been so instrumental in the company’s success. PCE helped us structure and close a transaction that achieves all of our goals.”
“PCE was honored to assist Forum with structuring and closing their latest ESOP transaction. They have been a well-respected company in the Orlando area for years, and we believe this transaction will position Forum to thrive for years to come,” stated Will Stewart of PCE.
About: Forum Architecture & Interior Design, Inc., is an employee-owned full service commercial and residential architectural firm specializing in planning, architecture, and interior design throughout the United States. Forum was created in 1986 by its founding Principals R. Norman Stoehr and James B. Black. Forum focuses on five primary markets: multifamily, resort, hospitality, residential and commercial.
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