founder of Delavaco Energy in Canada
Andy DeFrancesco has over 26 years of capital markets experience, from senior positions at some of Canada’s most established independent investment firms in trading, sales and investment banking, to establishing first mover status as the founder and co-founder of a number of North American small and mid-capital companies and sectors.
Mr. DeFrancesco started his career with Midland Walwyn prior to its sale to Merrill Lynch. He was then hired by CM Oliver, Canada’s oldest investment bank, where he worked as head of trading and sales. CM Oliver was subsequently purchased by Canaccord Capital where Mr. DeFrancesco transitioned to investment banking and established his partnership with the Serruya Family as their strategic advisor throughout their corporate growth.
In 2005, Mr. DeFrancesco went on to become Chief Investment Officer of the Serruya Family Office which led to his roles in Epsilon Energy. He became Founder, Chairman & CEO of Dalradian Resources which he stewarded though its initial public offering in 2010 and was recently sold for over $500 million. Mr. DeFrancesco was a founder of Delavaco Energy, sold in 2009, and P1 Energy and APO Energy which merged and was successfully sold to Parex Resources.
His partnership with Serruya Private Equity has led to ownership stakes and successful turnarounds of well-known American brands like Jamba Juice, American Apparel and Kahala Brands, parent of Pinkberry, Cold Stone Creamery, Blimpies Subs, Taco Time, Great Steak, NRGize, and America's Tacos, which was sold to MTY Foods for approximately $400 Million.
In addition,Mr. DeFrancesco personally co-led the successful turnaround of well-known American brands.