Nicole Nugent
Nicole Nugent

Nicole Nugent

Managing Director
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

Q & A

“Hard work, thoughtfulness, empathy and transparency are critical to building a positive and trusting relationship with your clients, colleagues and community.”

  • Q: Trust. Experience. Independence. Results. What does this mean to you?

    I think all of these attributes are critical when working with clients in an advisory role and in many ways, go hand-in-hand with each other. With deep industry knowledge and transaction experience we can provide the best advice to our clients, identify the most well-suited partners and investors and ultimately deliver results that meet or exceed their expectations.

  • Q: What drives you?

    I am driven by developing a compelling story.  At the heart of what we do in representing middle market companies is working with entrepreneurs and owners to learn about all aspects of their business and their growth opportunities, beyond what the numbers may tell us.  This process allows us to develop the most compelling investment thesis that will position the company to find a like-minded partner that will appropriately value and strategically prioritize the opportunity.

  • Q: What are you passionate about?

    My best memories are often around a table, filled with laughs, my favorite people and fantastic food and beverages. Being able to work with companies and brands that touch this experience in many different ways makes my job incredibly rewarding.


Nicole has over 20 years of investment banking and corporate development experience and has an extensive background providing financial advisory services to middle market companies, including mergers and acquisition transactions, debt and equity capital raising, valuations and restructurings.

In recent years, Nicole has been very active in the beverage segment, having recently advised SS Brewtech in its acquisition by The Middleby Corporation, LMR Wine Estates in its senior debt financing, Avery Brewing in its investment from Mahou San Miguel, Four Peaks Brewing Company in its sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev, Saint Archer Brewing and Revolver Brewing in their respective sales to MillerCoors/Tenth and Blake, and non-alcohol brands Steaz and C20 Pure Coconut Water in their respective sales to Novamex.


Nicole is a Managing Director in Cascadia’s Food, Beverage & Agribusiness group. Nicole was previously a Managing Director at First Beverage Financial, which merged with Cascadia in March 2018. Prior to First Beverage, Nicole was a Managing Director in the consumer investment banking group at Imperial Capital, where she led Imperial’s efforts in the beverage, food and restaurant sectors. Earlier in her career, Nicole worked in the investment banking divisions of Bank of America, Bear, Stearns & Co. and Citigroup. Nicole also spent time managing the corporate development activities for, an online retailer of cooking-related products and a trusted source of online culinary content.

Nicole received her B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. from UCLA, where she competed in cross-country and track and field. She also holds a graduate diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics.


Trust. Experience. Independence. Results.

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