Who We Are

Illes Investment Banking

Illes Investment Banking was founded by John Illes in 2016 as an online presence on the Internet to share information about investment banking. John Illes is also a Managing Director with JD Merit & Company and he works with the team there for all investment banking activities.

The information presented on the Illes Investment Banking website is suited to middle market companies.  It has been designed for those who have an interest in M&A activities — specifically those related to sell side, buy side and capital raise engagements.

John Illes – Founder & President

John Illes has both investment banking expertise and senior executive management experience.  He has been an Investment Banker since 2011 and before that he held senior executive positions in a variety of industries in the USA and Europe.  His “roll-up-your-sleeves” experience has taught him how to manage the need to keep a business operating smoothly while also achieving sales and profit goals.  He understands the daily pressures of running a business since he has experienced those pressures himself.  It is this unique background that gives him a pragmatic perspective to the M&A process and that helps build a valuable bridge between owner-operated businesses and institutional and strategic investors.

John is Managing Director with JD Merit & Company and he works with them for all investment banking activities.  He specializes in three market areas; consumer goods, manufacturing, and government services and defense. His Broker Check Report can be accesses via the link provided in the footer of this page.

John earned his MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University.  He is a Six Sigma Green Belt and a Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor with FINRA Series 24, Series 62, Series 63 and Series 79 licenses..

John is a member of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AMAA) and is a founding member of the Nevada/Utah Chapter where he served as judge for the 2017 AMAA Thought Leader of the Year award.  He is also a founding member of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Exit Planning Institute (EPI).



JD Merit & Company

JD Merit & Company is a leading boutique investment bank with over 20 years experience helping middle market companies with their mergers & acquisitions, divestiture, buy-side execution, and capital sourcing efforts.  We have more than 200 deals, with over $9.6 billion in transaction value, to our credit and pride ourselves on our 100% success rate in sell-side M&A.

The firm is powered by a client-focused team of investment bankers — all with past entrepreneurial experiece successfully running companies.  We know what it takes to succeed at the negotiating table and we possess the same entrepreneurial spirit as our clients.

JD Merit & Company has experience in a variety of industries including; technology, consumer products & retail, manufacturing, industrials, food & agriculture, healthcare, and defense.

JD Merit & Company, an investment bank built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs.  

JD Merit & Company