• Private Capital Advisory
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Restructuring & Special Situations


  • Business Services
  • Consumer
  • Diversified Industrials


  • Turnaround Management Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Anti-Defamation League


Michael Fixler has has more than 25 years of experience inadvising companies and their stakeholders in a variety of transactions related to mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and special situations, including bankruptcy cases. Advising clients from both public and private companies, institutional investors, statutory committees, and special situation buyers/investors, Mr. Fixler's deep experience includes crafting and executing a variety of strategic transactions to maximize value for his clients.

Mr. Fixler has been named one of the "People to Watch - Business Professionals Making Their Mark" by Turnaround & Workouts Magazine and selected by The M&A Advisor among its "40 under 40" professionals.

Prior to legacy FocalPoint, now B. Riley Securities, he was a Managing Director at Variant Capital Advisors (affiliate of Conway MacKenzie) and a partner at Candlewood Partners.  Prior to corporate finance, he practiced corporate and securities law in private practice and then joined one of his clients where he served as general counsel and also led the company's corporate development efforts, ultimately resulting in the sale of the company to a strategic buyer.  

Mr. Fixler is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, American Bankruptcy Institute and Association of Corporate Growth. He also serves on the Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League.  Michael received his Juris Doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University and his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami.  

B. Riley Securities provides a full suite of investment banking, corporate finance, advisory, research, and sales and trading services. Investment banking services include initial, secondary and follow-on offerings, institutional private placements, merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory, SPACs, corporate restructuring and recapitalization. B. Riley is nationally recognized and highly ranked for its proprietary small-cap equity research. B. Riley Securities formerly operated as B. Riley FBR following the merger of B. Riley & Co. and FBR & Co.