Montreal-based boutique investment bank IJW & Co. Ltd. entered into an exclusive affiliate partnership with Bambini Partners LLC of Boca Raton, Florida to expand its toy industry mergers and acquisitions and strategic advisory practice.

As the wave of toy industry consolidation continues to grow, the alliance between the two companies seeks “to provide unique global access to capital and strategic partnership solutions for growth and liquidity needs, with a focus on the play, leisure, and early learning industries.”

“I am delighted to see this partnership between IJW and Bambini Partners come to fruition,” says Richard Yanofsky, CEO, WowWee Toys. “I have had the privilege to work closely with the principals of both firms and can say that our industry needs what this collaboration brings to the table.”

Ian Wooden, CEO of IJW & Co. says that the partnership is perfect due to the experience of Bambini Partners’ John Lee.

“John brings decades of real-world toy industry operating experience as former CEO and co-founder of Learning Curve International, now part of TOMY,” Wooden says. “This hands-on experience, combined with John’s extensive industry-wide network formed through a variety of board appointments and strategic advisory work, makes Bambini Partners the right choice for this alliance.”