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"Founded in December 1973, CEA Group is celebrating its 49th year of doing business. I want to extend my gratitude and sincere thanks to our valuable clients, colleagues and staff who have helped make CEA Group successful over the years. I am most appreciative of your continued support."

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"Founded in December 1973, CEA Group is celebrating its 51st year of doing business. We have produced a highlight video of our remarkable 50-year history and I invite you to view it by clicking on the button below. I also want to extend my gratitude and sincere thanks to our valuable clients, colleagues and staff who have helped make CEA Group successful over these past 50 years."

CEA 50 YEARS VIDEO

RECEPTION VIDEO

SPACE

A New Frontier for CEA Group

CEA Group (CEA) is expanding into sectors which hold significant promise for its investment banking group.  In addition to Cybersecurity and Secured Communications, its industry focus now includes the exciting new field of Space and Technology.

Developments in commercial space have been very significant in the past few years and the trend is accelerating.  

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Investment Banking & Advisory Services

since 1973
Experienced

Founded by J. Patrick “Rick” Michaels, Jr. in 1973, CEA has advised on over 1,000 transactions in approximately 60+ countries.

Trusted

Our vision, first-hand experience and relationships can be invaluable when navigating ever-changing market landscapes.

ADVISORY SERVICES

Put CEA’s first hand experience and relationships to work exploring, planning and executing for you.

Message from our founder

We are delighted to celebrate 51 years as a global investment bank and advisory specialist and extremely excited about the firm's future!

CEA was founded in 1973 as an investment bank to provide financial expertise to a select group of cable industry clients and has emerged as an international investment bank and advisor focusing on some of today's foremost industries such as cybersecurity, space, fintech, media, telecom, and other technology-oriented sectors.

I am blessed by countless friends, clients, and contacts from five decades of doing business in more than 60 countries. Many of them continue to contact me with opportunities, as an advisor, or just call to reconnect. I always welcome your calls and look forward to working on many more collaborative projects.

I am grateful to my colleagues for their support, most of whom I have been associated with and worked successfully with over many years. I am also very fortunate for the loyalty and dedication of our staff’s significant contributions to CEA’s 51-year success story.

“Having long-term relationships, people you believe in, people who believe in us, that’s what counts and how we are able to do work for our clients over and over again, We like to think of ourselves as advisors, not just transaction professionals.”

ABOUT CEA Group

Through specialized advisory and investment banking services, CEA continues to serve clients and partners as it has done for five decades. As well as a successful alternative asset management transaction history, guiding them through paradigm shifts in industries all over the world.

"Spotting Winning Opportunities" is the hallmark of CEA’s perspective and culture.  No matter the business or economic climate, opportunity demands the right thing in the right place at the right time.

Plan for it…Capitalize on it.

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“Rick, congratulations on this milestone and here is wishing you and all members of the CEA family a very happy 50th anniversary.  Over the years you have been a true people’s person, a visionary, an inspiration, and mentor to so many people including me.”

Rakesh Wahi, Chairman CMA Investment Holdings
Co-Founder of CNBC Africa

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“When we came out of near bankruptcy and we had to bootstrap our way into growth in the cable industry, CEA was a major player and we thank you a lot for it.  To this day you are still doing important transactions for us and hopefully for many more years into the future.  Congratulations Rick.”

Dr. John Malone, Chairman of the Board, Liberty Media Corporation

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“Rick, Happy Anniversary and really fantastic that you have 50 years of doing this and I hope it’s many more. I learned a tremendous amount from CEA right out of the gecko; hard work, entrepreneurial spirit. There wasn’t an opportunity that was too small or too big for Rick to go take a look at and having a global perspective which really changed and shaped my entire career.”

Christopher Winfrey, President & CEO, Charter Communications

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“I really congratulate to the 50 years and I do it with a lot of affection, appreciation and admiration of the entrepreneurial energy of CEA and that is of you Rick.”

Stephan Goetz, Managing Partner - Founder, Goetzpartners

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“Paul Henley is a consummate professional, dedicated to his clients and delivering sound advice and perspective.  CEA Group assisted Green Giant Fresh with a strategic refinancing, which was essential to support the growth of the Company.”

-Mark Dendle, Chief Financial Officer, Growers Express, LLC

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“CEA is all about long-term relationships. Rick and his colleagues have been partners, advisors and friends for many years.  CEA’s hallmark is finding solutions to difficult problems by “Thinking outside the Box” and then executing.”

Barry Baker, Senior Advisor, Lee Equity Partners

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"My association with CEA and Rick unquestionably opened the door to everything that I have achieved today. Rick was sophisticated, financial wizard, someone who delegated responsibilities and was the ultimate dealmaker.  He never came back from a meeting feeling that there was no opportunity."

Rakesh Wahi, Chairman CMA Investment Holdings
Co-Founder of CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa, ABN Event

“Rick Michaels and CEA have had an important role in building TCI and Liberty over more than 30 years in the cable business representing either side in transactions that helped build the industry.”

Dr. John Malone, Chairman, Liberty Media Corporation

“Paul Henley and the CEA team have always made me feel like we are their only client.  The team learned our business quickly and thoughtfully which translated well when pitching our opportunity. I recommend CEA Group highly and enthusiastically.”

Frank S. Holt, Synergem Technologies
Chairman of the Board & CEO

“CEA has provided a consistent stream of ideas for us. They have been able to come up with things so unusual that they always pique my curiosity.”

Herb A. Granath, Chairman Emeritus, ESPN

"I'm now living in retirement, financially secure, and a lot of that is to the credit of CEA Group. Selling your company is a very complex process, I was amazed at the level of detail and professionalism required to do that. The marketing program employed by CEA was very extensive."

Patrick Bienvenu, former owner Equicross, Inc.

"I'm overjoyed to learn CEA's completed 40+ years in business. You've gone a long way from Bible to Cable, traveled to over 120 countries and done business in 60. Your hard work and dedication has paid and generated employment worldwide... you touch the lives of individuals in many different ways and make a difference."

Gerard Viegas, TechnologyPark.com

“CEA is all about long-term relationships. Rick and his colleagues have been partners, advisors and friends for many years.  CEA’s hallmark is finding solutions to difficult problems by “Thinking outside the Box” and then executing.”

Barry Baker, Senior Advisor, Lee Equity Partners

“Dave Moyer and CEA Principal Advisors Group were driving force behind our largest series, raised in parallel with our largest acquisition, all in a very difficult economic environment. We found Dave to be a real partner with our management team and investors, focused on results and an important contributor to our long-term success.”

Eric B. Schultz, former CEO, Sensitech

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