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Meet Lou Paone

Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC

Managing Director
Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Based in Charlotte, Lou Paone is a managing director with Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC (DCF). Prior to joining DCF, Lou served as head of McColl Partners’ ESOP Corporate Finance Group. His transaction experience includes structuring change-of-control management buyouts, employee-based leveraged buyouts, and sell-side mergers and acquisitions. Lou has worked in numerous sectors including business services, consumer products, health care, and industrials and building products. Previously, Lou was a managing director at a nationally recognized investment bank where he oversaw the firm’s national ESOP market initiatives and the conceptual development of ESOP corporate finance. He was also the director of the Washington, D.C. office of a national financial advisory services firm and a financial advisor with the United States government.


  • Advisor to Appleton Papers Acquisition Corp in largest 100% ESOP purchase in U.S.**
  • Advisor to Boat America in sale of its retail division to West Marine and subsequent sale of 100% of equity to ESOP.**
  • Advisor to Blue Heron Paper in buyout of KPS Equity Fund equity by Blue Heron ESOP.**
  • Advisor to Copper Range Company in Management/ESOP buyout of 100% interest held by Louisiana Land and Exploration.**
  • Advisor to Alion Corporation ESOP buyout of Illinois Institute of Technology (IITRI) 100% equity ownership interest.**
  • Advisor to Heartland Dental in multiple stage ESOP purchases of founder shareholder equity interests.**
  • Advisor to Scooter Store Corporation in ESOP recapitalization and capital raise.*
  • Advisor to Turner Industries in strategic alternatives initiative that raised $400 million of capital for shareholder liquidity purposes.*
  • Advisor to Aspen Systems Inc. in the Management/ESOP buyout of Wolters Klure of 100% equity ownership stake.**
  • Advisor to ARAMARK in recapitalization of employee shareholder and institutional equity interests.**
  • Advisor to Muehlstein Corp. in its Management/ESOP buyout of company from Mobil Oil.**
  • Advisor to WaWa Corporation in the development and transactional execution of its employee ownership initiative.**
  • Advisor to Scitor Corporation in its 100% Management/ESOP buyout of founder equity.**

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Chartered Financial Analysts Designation (CFA)
  • Member of The National ESOP Association

Education & Certifications

  • American University, Kogod School of Business, BS
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, MBAnited

* References an engagement that was performed by personnel of McColl Partners, LLC prior to the acquisition by DCF of substantially all of the assets of McColl Partners, LLC.

** References an engagement that was performed by individual prior to his joining DCF.

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