Kingsbridge Capital PartnersCredentials:
M&AMI, CM&AP, CBI, CBCPhone:
Two Pershing Square 2300 Main Street, Suite 900
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Laura Maver Ward is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kingsbridge Capital Partners, an award-winning firm headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Laura is an accomplished entrepreneur and businesswoman with 35 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, management consulting, executive coaching, manufacturing and business services. During the course of her career, Laura has advised hundreds of business owners on mergers and acquisitions, financial advisory matters and business growth strategies.
In 2002, after a successful corporate career at Hallmark Cards, Inc., Laura began her investment banking career with two national investment banking firms, one headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and the other in New York, New York. She founded Kingsbridge Capital Partners, a lower middle market investment banking firm and a value enhancement consulting firm to provide her clients with a much more consultative approach to selling or buying a company. Laura and her team are passionate about helping business owners prepare themselves and their business before marketing the company to potential buyers, with the goal of getting top dollar for the business, while minimizing taxes.
Laura is a sought-after speaker, author, educator and facilitator. Laura also believes in helping others and giving back. She currently serves as the Chair for the M&A Source, an international association comprised of over 400 lower middle market business intermediaries and Chair-Elect of the International Association of Business Intermediaries, comprised of 1400 business intermediaries and brokers. She has also served as a board member and/or committee member for numerous organizations, including: M&A Source, Women’s Capital Connection, National Association of Women Business Owners, Truman Medical Center TruFriends, The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City, The Central Exchange, Downey Side Adoption Agency, Barstow School and The Pembroke Hill School.
In 2008, Laura was awarded the Joan Strewler-Carter Women of Influence Award; in 2011, the Women Who Mean Business Award from the Kansas City Business Journal; and in 2018, the M&A Source Chairman’s Award. Laura has earned certifications as a Mergers & Acquisitions Master Intermediary (M&AMI), Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (CM&AP), Business Intermediary (CBI), Exit Planner (CExP), Business Coach (CBC), Machinery & Equipment Appraiser (CMEA), and numerous corporate and individual assessments. She is also a Licensed Real Estate Broker-Officer.
Laura was born and raised in Westchester County, NY and Nantucket Island, MA. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.