J. William “Bill” Southwell is a long-standing business broker with International Business Associates (“IBA”). He has facilitated the sale of multiple business transactions, almost exclusively representing the Seller’s interests of closely held and family owned businesses. Bill is also a licensed commercial real estate broker, which allows him to also provide full-service representation when the business opportunity are sold with commercial real estate. He primarily works in the “middle market” with typical transaction list prices ranging from $500K to $5M. His preferred areas of representation include manufacturing, larger franchise resales, dealerships and a diverse mix of other successful business models in between.
Prior to joining IBA, Bill has enjoyed an entrepreneurial journey that has taken him from practicing law to running two separate public entities, to founding and operating a national franchise network and ultimately operating a successful 6 store drive-thru restaurant chain in the greater Puget Sound region. He remains a long-term licensed attorney and a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
IBA is the oldest business brokerage firm in the Northwest, tracing its origins back to 1975. The IBA brand is represented by a seasoned team of 10-12 brokers working between our Bellevue and Portland offices selectively representing business owners throughout the Northwest. Since its inception, IBA has sold more than 4,200 businesses through its commitment to offering superior service with industry knowledge & expertise; always employing best practices in every transaction we engage.