The Qatalyst Team

atalyst's advisors combine an extensive network of relationships with deep industry knowledge and seasoned transaction expertise to deliver a superior, senior level of service for clients who value experience, judgment, candor and insight. In addition to merger and acquisition advice, Qatalyst Partners employs its team's extensive corporate finance and capital markets experience to advise companies on capital structure and capital raising alternatives, and selectively raises private capital for clients.

 

Frank Quattrone

Frank is a founder and Executive Chairman of Qatalyst and served as its CEO from the Firm's founding until January 2016. He began his career with Morgan Stanley in 1977, has advised technology companies since 1981, and headed the global Technology Groups for Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse before co-founding Qatalyst. Over the past four decades, Frank and the teams he has led have advised on more than 500 mergers and acquisitions with an aggregate transaction value over $850B and on more than 350 financings that raised over $65B for technology companies worldwide. During this time, Frank has enjoyed the privilege of advising technology leaders including Accenture, Adobe, Amazon.com, AOL, Apple, Applied Materials, Ascend, Autonomy, Cisco, Citrix, Concur, Data Domain, eBay, GoDaddy, Google, HP, HomeAway, IBM, Informatica, Intel, Intuit, Jasper, Linear Technology, LinkedIn, LSI, Motorola Mobility, National Semiconductor, Netscape, Nicira, NXP, Oracle, Qualtrics, Sourcefire, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, SynOptics (Bay Networks), 3PAR, Twitch, Xilinx and Yammer.

Frank led the IPOs of Amazon.com, Cisco, Informatica, Intuit, Linear Technology, Netscape, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, SynOptics and Xilinx, among many others. He advised Apple on its $400 MM acquisition of NeXT (which led to Steve Jobs' return to Apple); Ascend on its $3.7B acquisition of Cascade and its $24B sale to Lucent; Autonomy on its $11.7B sale to HP; Citrix on an activism defense assignment and cooperation agreement with Elliott Management; Concur on its $8.3B sale to SAP; Data Domain on its $2.4B sale to EMC; GoDaddy on its strategic investment by KKR, Silver Lake and TCV; Google on creating an alternative to Microsoft's $45B hostile takeover attempt of Yahoo!; HomeAway on its $3.9B sale to Expedia; Informatica on its $5.3B sale to Permira and CPPIB; Jasper on its $1.4B sale to Cisco; LinkedIn on its $28.1B sale to Microsoft; LSI on its $6.6B sale to Avago; Motorola Mobility on its $12.5B sale to Google; National Semiconductor on its $6.5B sale to Texas Instruments; Nicira on its $1.3B sale to VMware; NXP on its terminated $48.4B sale to Qualcomm; Oracle on an $80MM investment by Nippon Steel (during Oracle's financial crisis in 1990-91); Qualtrics on its $8B sale to SAP; Sourcefire on its $2.7B sale to Cisco; SynOptics on its $1.2B merger with Wellfleet to form Bay Networks; 3PAR on its $2.4B sale to HP; Twitch on its $1B sale to Amazon.com; and Yammer on its $1.2B sale to Microsoft.

Frank serves as Chairman Emeritus and board member of The Tech Interactive in San Jose, California and on the Advisory Board of The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at Penn Law School. Frank is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received a B.S. in Economics summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

George Boutros

George joined Qatalyst in 2010, and has served as Chief Executive Officer since January 2016. Prior to joining Qatalyst, George was at Credit Suisse where he most recently served as Chairman of its Global Technology Group and Chairman of its Global Healthcare Group, and also served as Vice Chairman of its Corporate and Investment Banking department. Prior to that, George held a number of positions with Credit Suisse, including Co-Head of Global Technology Banking and Co-Head of Global Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 1998, George was at Deutsche Bank Securities as Head of its Technology Group's Global Mergers & Acquisitions activities. Prior to Deutsche Bank, George was at Morgan Stanley, heading M&A activities in the western United States.

George has over 33 years of investment banking experience and has advised on more than 450 completed transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, hostile takeovers, takeover defenses, leveraged buyouts, financings, stock buybacks, spinoffs and leveraged recapitalizations. George advised Acme Packet on its sale to Oracle for $2.1B, Advent on its sale to SS&C for $2.7B, Aruba on its sale to HP for $3.0B, Ascend on its $3.7B acquisition of Cascade and its subsequent sale to Lucent for $24B, Atheros on its sale to Qualcomm for $3.6B, Atmel on its sale to Microchip for $3.6B, ATIC (the technology investment arm of the Government of Abu Dhabi) on its acquisition of Chartered Semiconductor for $3.1B, The Blackstone Group on its acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor for $17.6B, BroadSoft on its sale to Cisco for $1.9B, CA on its sale to Broadcom for $18.9B, CallidusCloud on its sale to SAP for $2.5B, Cavium on its sale to Marvell for $6.7B, Citrix / GoTo on its reverse Morris Trust with LogMeIn for $1.8B, Concur on its sale to SAP for $8.3B, Cypress on its $4B merger with Spansion, Glassdoor on its sale to Recruit for $1.2B, Google on its acquisitions of YouTube for $1.7B and DoubleClick for $3.1B, HomeAway on its sale to Expedia for $3.9B, Informatica on its sale to Permira for $5.3B, Isilon on its sale to EMC for $2.6B, Linear Technology on its sale to Analog Devices for $14.8B, LinkedIn on its sale to Microsoft for $28.1B, LSI on its sale to Avago for $6.6B, Microsemi on its sale to Microchip for $10.2B, Motorola Mobility on its sale to Google for $12.5B, MySQL on its sale to Sun Microsystems for $1.0B, National Semiconductor on its sale to Texas Instruments for $6.5B, Netezza on its sale to IBM for $1.9B, NetLogic on its sale to Broadcom for $3.9B, NetSuite on its sale to Oracle for $9.4B, NXP Semiconductor on its terminated sale to Qualcomm for $48.4B, OpenTable on its sale to Priceline for $2.6B, Orbitz on its sale to Expedia for $1.7B, Pixar on its sale to Disney for $7.4B, PMC on its sale to Microsemi for $2.5B, Riverbed on its sale to Thoma Bravo for $3.6B, Sourcefire on its sale to Cisco for $2.7B, Sun Microsystems on its sale to Oracle for $7.1B, Taleo on its sale to Oracle for $2.1B, Verifone on its sale to Francisco Partners for $3.4B, VERITAS on its $20B acquisition of Seagate Technology (and spinout of the disk drive business to Silver Lake), and 3PAR on its sale to HP for $2.4B. George has also advised companies such as Adobe, AKQA, Alcatel, AMCC, Apple, Aspect Development, Bay Networks, Cascade, C-Cube, Cerent, Chromatis, Conexant, Chiron, Dow Chemical, DuPont Photomasks, The Gartner Group, Genentech, Golden Gate Capital, Infor, Intuit, Jamdat, KLA-Tencor, Kiva Systems, Komag, Lam Research, Lucent, Lockheed, Magma, Mattel, McKesson, MMC Networks, Netscape, Nortel Networks, PeopleSoft, Philips Electronics, Pliant Technology, Pentaho, PureAtria, Rackspace, Riot Games, SandForce, Siara Systems, Siemens, Standard Microsystems, Submarino, SynOptics, Synopsys, Tellabs, Ticketmaster, Vantive, Varian Semiconductor, VeriFone, Verisign, Vista Equity, and WebTV.

George received his B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his M.B.A. from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.

Brian Cayne

Brian is a founder of Qatalyst, and is co-head of its Enterprise Software Group. He previously worked at Vista Equity Partners and in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Credit Suisse focusing on strategic advisory assignments in the Technology sector.

Brian's strategic and financial advisory experience includes Appdynamics's $3.7B sale to Cisco, Autonomy's $11.7B sale to HP, Bain Capital's acquisition of BMC, Brocade's $2.6B acquisition of Foundry, CA on its sale to Broadcom for $18.9B, Citrix's acquisition of Cloud.com, Cyvera's $200MM sale to Palo Alto Networks, Data Domain's $2.4B sale to EMC, Google's $3.1B acquisition of DoubleClick, Informatica’s $5.3B sale to Permira and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Informatica's acquisition of Siperian, Intuit’s divestiture of its Financial Services Division to Thoma Bravo, Mandiant’s $1B sale to FireEye, National Semiconductor's $6.5B sale to Texas Instruments, Nicira’s $1.3B sale to VMware, Riverbed’s $3.6B sale to Thoma Bravo, Silver Tail Systems' sale to EMC, Sourcefire’s $2.7B sale to Cisco and Yammer's $1.2B sale to Microsoft.

Brian is originally from Washington, D.C. and received an A.B. in Economics and a Certificate in Finance from Princeton University.

Jeff Chang

Jeff joined Qatalyst in June 2011 and is co-head of its Enterprise Software Group. Prior to joining Qatalyst, Jeff was at Goldman Sachs, in the Technology, Media and Telecom Group, focusing on both strategic and corporate finance advisory.

Jeff's strategic advisory experience includes Acme Packet's $2.1B sale to Oracle, Adobe's $1.8B acquisition of Omniture, Advent Software's $2.7B sale to SS&C Technologies, Applied Predictive Technologies’ $600MM sale to MasterCard, Apptio’s $1.9B sale to Vista Equity Partners, Callidus’ $2.5B sale to SAP, Concur's $8.3B sale to SAP, Conga's merger with Apttus, Datalogix's sale to Oracle, Datorama’s sale to Salesforce.com, Hellman & Friedman’s $11B acquisition of Ultimate Software, Lithium Technologies sale to Vista Equity Partners, Looker’s $2.6B sale to Google, Magma Automation's $550MM sale to Synopsys, MINDBODY’s $1.9B sale to Vista Equity Partners, Moat’s sale to Oracle, NetSuite’s $9.4B sale to Oracle, Pentaho's sale to Hitachi Data Systems, Ping Identity’s sale to Vista Equity Partners, Qualtric’s $8B sale to SAP, RelateIQ's $400MM sale to Salesforce.com, Semantic Machines' sale to Microsoft, SignalFX's $1.05B sale to Splunk, Taleo's $2.1B sale to Oracle and Vista Equity Partners’ investment in iCims. He has also advised on corporate advisory assignments for companies including Advent Software, Cornerstone OnDemand, LiveNation, NetApp, Rovi, RPX, Sorenson Communications and SuccessFactors as well as hostile defense/activism assignments for Mentor Graphics and Micrel.

Jeff is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors of Summer Search in the Bay Area.

Jason DiLullo

Jason joined Qatalyst in 2010, and was appointed President of the Firm in 2016. Prior to his promotion, Jason served as Head of the Firm’s Semiconductor Group. Jason has over 25 years of strategic advisory experience, almost all of which have been focused on the global technology industry. Prior to Qatalyst, Jason was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Technology Mergers and Acquisitions, Americas at Credit Suisse. Previously, Jason worked with Frank and George at Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley. He has advised on well over 100 completed transactions representing $200B+ of value, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, hostile takeovers and defense, leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations, spin-offs and financings.

Since joining Qatalyst, Jason has announced or completed transactions with Atheros Communications, Atmel, Cavium, Conexant Systems, Cypress Semiconductor, Dialog Semiconductor, Fusion-io, InvenSense, Isilon Systems, Jasper, Kiva Systems, KLA-Tencor, Linear Technology, LSI, Luxtera, Magma Design Automation, National Semiconductor, NetLogic Microsystems, NetSuite, Nicira, NXP Semiconductors, Pliant Technology, PMC-Sierra, QLogic, Quantenna Communications, SandForce, SeaMicro, Standard Microsystems, Tensilica and Validity. His past clients have included 3Com, AMCC, ATI Technologies, ATIC (the Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi), C-Cube, Digital Island, Informix, Intel, Komag, The Learning Company, Marvell Semiconductor, MMC Networks, Nuance Communications, Nortel, NXP Semiconductor, ON Semiconductor, Oracle, Philips, Photon Dynamics, Pixar Animation Studios, Seagate, Siemens, VeriFone and Wind River Systems.

Jason is originally from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania and received an A.B., with honors, in Organizational Behavior and Management and International Relations from Brown University.

Adam Howell

Adam joined Qatalyst in June of 2015 and heads up the Semiconductor and Semiconductor Equipment Group. Adam has 21 years of strategic advisory and capital raising experience in the global technology industry. Prior to joining Qatalyst, Adam was at Deutsche Bank for 11 years where he was most recently Head of Semiconductor Investment Banking. Prior to that, Adam was in the Equity Capital Markets group at Bank of America, and before that was in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Robertson Stephens. Adam has completed over 100 transactions across various corporate finance and advisory disciplines totaling greater than $150 billion in transaction value. He has advised on several landmark transactions in the semiconductor sector, including NXP on its $48.4B terminated sale to Qualcomm, Linear Technology on its $14.8B sale to Analog Devices, Microsemi on its $10.2B sale to Microchip, and Cavium on its $6.4B sale to Marvell; and previously advised Ansoft on its $900MM sale to ANSYS, Atlas Copco on its $1.6B acquisition of Edwards, Atmel on its 3.6B sale to Microchip, Hittite on its $2.5B sale to Analog Devices, InvenSense on its $1.3B sale to TDK, NuCore on its sale to MediaTek, Peregrine Semiconductor on its $470MM sale to Murata, Qualcomm on its $2.5B acquisition of CSR, Quantenna on its $1.1B sale to ON Semiconductor and SEZ on its $570MM sale to Lam Research. He has also advised on financings for Ambarella, Atheros, ASML, Cadence, CDW, Fairchild, Novellus, ON Semiconductor, Peregrine, Qualcomm and Xilinx.

Adam also has extensive experience with non-profit and foundation work. He has served on the Board of Directors of Summer Search in the Bay Area, on the Advisory Board and Audit Committee of Shepherd’s Gate, and has actively worked with nine non-profits and foundations over the past 25 years. Adam has an MBA from UCLA, and a BS in international business with a Spanish minor from Pepperdine University. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.

James Kim

James joined Qatalyst in December 2008, and is co-head of its Consumer Technology Group. James previously worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Credit Suisse focusing on strategic advisory assignments in the Technology sector. Prior to Credit Suisse, James worked at Morgan Stanley and at Advanced Technology Ventures, a bi-coastal venture capital firm, focusing on early-stage IT investments.

James has 18 years of experience in investment banking advisory work. His clients have included Kiva, PillPack and Twitch on their acquisitions by Amazon, Motorola Mobility, Fitbit and Dropcam on their acquisitions by Google, Pixar on its acquisition by Disney, Google on its acquisitions of YouTube and DoubleClick, Priceline on its acquisition of Bookings, HomeAway on its acquisition by Expedia, OpenTable on its acquisition by Priceline, HotelTonight on its acquisition by AirBnb, eBay on its acquisition of Braintree/Venmo, Xoom on its acquisition by PayPal, Verifone on its acquisition by Francisco Partners, Intuit on its acquisition of Credit Karma and the divestiture of its Financial Services Division to Thoma Bravo, Galileo Financial Technologies on its sale to SoFi, Weebly on its acquisition by Square, Shopping.com and Zong on their acquisitions by eBay, Palm on its acquisition by HP, Sony on the divestiture of its Gracenote division to Tribune, Sony on its acquisition of Insomniac Games, Gaikai on its acquisition by Sony, Riot Games on its acquisition by Tencent, Bungie on the sale of a strategic stake to NetEase, PopCap on its acquisition by Electronic Arts, Big Fish Games on its acquisition by Churchill Downs, AppLovin on its acquisition by Orient Hontai Capital, MoPub on its acquisition by Twitter, Flurry on its acquisition by Yahoo!, MyFitnessPal on its acquisition by UnderArmour, Overdrive on its acquisition by Rakuten, Spredfast on its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners, Atheros on its acquisition by Qualcomm, Conexant on its acquisition by Golden Gate Capital, Universal Computer Systems on its merger with Reynolds & Reynolds, Elance on its merger with oDesk, Micromuse and Softek on their acquisitions by IBM, Komag on its acquisition by Western Digital and Pliant on its acquisition by SanDisk, among others.

James is originally from San Francisco and received a degree in Economics from Stanford University.

Nadir Shaikh

Nadir joined Qatalyst in May 2011 and leads the firm's coverage of the communications technology, storage and systems sectors. He has over 21 years experience in investment banking and prior to joining Qatalyst, Nadir spent more than 7 years at Credit Suisse, where he served as Head of the Global Communications group. Prior to that, Nadir worked in a similar capacity at Banc of America Securities and its predecessor firm, Montgomery Securities. Before that, he was a member of the Global Project Finance team at Bank of America, specializing in the telecommunications sector.

Nadir has advised on several landmark transactions in the technology sector, including Motorola Mobility's $12.5B sale to Google, Sun's $7B sale to Oracle, Avaya's $8B sale to SilverLake and TPG, and Scientific-Atlanta's $7B sale to Cisco. Recent transaction experience at Qatalyst includes Appdynamics's $3.7B sale to Cisco, Jasper’s $1.4B sale to Cisco, SolidFire’s $870MM sale to NetApp, OpenDNS’ $650MM sale to Cisco, Aruba’s $3B sale to HP, Riverbed’s $3.6B sale to Thoma Bravo, Fusion IO’s $1B sale to SanDisk, Mandiant’s $1B sale to FireEye and SourceFire’s $2.7B sale to Cisco amongst others. Nadir has also had the privilege of advising on capital-raising and M&A transactions for leading technology companies including 3PAR, Acme Packet, ADC Telecommunications, Alcatel-Lucent, Appdynamics, Ciena, Cisco, Corning, Dell, Finisar, Fusion-io, JDS Uniphase, Hewlett-Packard, Nicira, Nokia, Nortel, Quantum, Sandforce, Silver Tail Systems and Tellabs.

Nadir currently serves on the Board of Trustees of University High School in San Francisco. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Economics and History from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Marcie Vu

Marcie joined Qatalyst in May 2013 and is co-Head of its Consumer Technology Group. Prior to Qatalyst, Marcie was Head of Consumer Internet Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley.

Marcie has 20 years of investment banking experience at Qatalyst, Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers advising internet, mobile, software and telecommunications clients on transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $100 billion. She has advised on the IPOs of Alibaba.com, Facebook, Google, Green Dot, LinkedIn, Pandora, Yandex and Zynga, among others. Ms. Vu's M&A experience includes advising Admob on its sale to Google, Amazon on its acquisition of Quidsi, CNET on its sale to CBS, Ebates on its sale to Rakuten, eBay on its acquisitions of Gmarket and Rent.com, Elance on its merger with oDesk, Electronic Arts on its acquisition of JAMDAT Mobile, Expedia on its sale to IAC, Flurry on its sale to Yahoo!, Glassdoor on its sale to Recruit, LinkedIn on its sale to Microsoft, MyFitnessPal on its sale to UnderArmour, OpenTable on its sale to Priceline, Orbitz on its sale to Expedia, Shipt on its sale to Target, Tellme on its sale to Microsoft, and Zappos on its sale to Amazon. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2002, she worked at Yahoo! for two years in mobile and instant messenger product management. In 2010, Ms. Vu was featured in Investment Dealers' Digest's "Forty Under 40: Dealmaking, The Next Generation."

Marcie is originally from Fairfax, Virginia and received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ross Weiner

Ross Weiner joined Qatalyst in 2012, and was appointed General Counsel in 2016. He has worked in many areas of financial services for approximately 19 years. Ross worked previously at Silver Lake Credit Fund in many capacities, including as Head of Business Operations and Legal Services, and prior to that at Credit Suisse, at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Ross is originally from Washington, D.C. and received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He currently is on an Executive Advisory Board to the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and on the Board of Trustees at Glide.

Ethan Zweig

Ethan joined Qatalyst in 2018 and acts as a senior M&A advisor to Qatalyst clients across all sectors of technology. He has over 21 years experience in technology M&A and prior to joining Qatalyst Ethan was most recently a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan. Prior to J.P. Morgan Ethan held leadership positions in technology M&A at Citi, Credit Suisse and Union Square Advisors.

Ethan’s advisory clients have included, among others, Active Network, Adva AG, AirBnB, Alibaba, Amadeus, Autodesk, Bankrate, Blackboard, Concur Technologies, Chromatis, Cox Enterprises, CRIC, Dollar Shave Club, DoubleClick, Flashsoft, Focus Media, Fossil Group, GoodRx, Google, IAC, Iron Planet, Island ECN, Jamdat, Kabam, Kintana, Kudelski, Laurel Networks, Match Group, Openwave, Orbitz, Pixar Animation Studios, Priceline, Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, Ring, Shopping.com, Smartforce, Submarino, Telogis, TenX, Thrillist, Ticketmaster, Total, Tudou, Virtual Tourist, Vista Equity Partners, The Walgreen Company, WebMD, XcelleNet, and Yandex.

Ethan is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Finance and Political Science.

Karl Anderson

Karl joined Qatalyst in June 2015. He has 11 years of M&A and technology investment banking experience in the United States and Europe. Previously, Karl worked in the Technology Investment Banking group at Morgan Stanley in New York and the Mergers & Acquisitions group at UBS in both New York and London.

Karl has advised on M&A and financing transactions with aggregate value totaling more than $115B. Since joining Qatalyst, Karl has advised SignalFX on its $1.1B sale to Splunk, Looker on its $2.6B sale to Google, MINDBODY on its $1.9B sale to Vista Equity, Qualtrics on its $8.0B sale to SAP, Apptio on its $1.9B sale to Vista Equity, Datorama on its sale to Salesforce, CallidusCloud on its $2.5B sale to SAP, NXP Semiconductors on its terminated $48.4B sale to Qualcomm, Moat on its sale to Oracle, Linear Technology on its $14.8B sale to Analog Devices, NetSuite on its $9.4B sale to Oracle, QLogic on its $1.4B sale to Cavium, Opower on its $621MM sale to Oracle, SolidFire on its $870MM sale to NetApp and PMC-Sierra on its $2.5B sale to Microsemi. Prior to Qatalyst, Karl’s transaction experience in the technology sector includes advising on the IPOs of Shopify and OnDeck as well as advisory and financing assignments for ASMPT, EMC, Forrester Research, HomeAway, Orbitz and Sensata, among others. Beyond the technology sector, his strategic advisory experience includes Anglo American’s sale of stakes in Anglo American Sur, Anglo American’s acquisition of a 40% stake in De Beers, UPM-Kymmene’s acquisition of Myllykoski, Anglo American’s sale of Moly-Cop and AltaSteel, Trilantic Capital Partners’ sale of MWBrands and Anglo American’s sale of its zinc assets.

Karl is originally from Sydney, Australia and holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honors) and Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honors) from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Financial Economics (Distinction) from the University of Oxford.

Dennis Aukstik

Dennis joined Qatalyst in June 2008 and is focused on strategic advisory initiatives involving key technology themes as well as M&A execution. His transaction experience includes 3PAR's sale to HP for $2.4B, Appdynamics's sale to Cisco for $3.7B, Ancestry.com's sale to Permira for $1.6B, Aruba Networks sale to HP for $3.0Bn, Big Fish’s sale to Churchill Downs for $885MM, Brocade's $600MM senior secured notes offering, CA’s acquisition of Rally Software, Citrix's acquisition of Cloud.com, Citrix’s activism defense advice cooperation agreement with Elliott Advisors, Kace Networks sale to Dell, National Semiconductor's sale to Texas Instruments for $6.5B, Nicira's sale to VMware for $1.3B, OpenTable's sale to The Priceline Group for $2.6B, Sony's divestiture of its Gracenote division to Tribune, Sourcefire's sale to Cisco for $2.7B, Xamarin’s sale to Microsoft and Yammer's sale to Microsoft for $1.2B.

Dennis is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, with majors in Finance and Operations Management and a minor in Music.

Eric Boyle

Eric joined Qatalyst in 2010. Prior to joining Qatalyst, Eric spent five years in the TMT Mergers & Acquisitions Group at UBS. Eric's transaction experience includes advisory assignments for 3PAR, Ancestry.com, Atheros, Big Fish Games, Conexant, eBay (on its divestiture of eBay Enterprise), Farfetch, Fusion-io, Gaikai, Galileo Financial Technologies, Gemstar, GoDaddy, HotelTonight, Informatica, Intuit (on its agreement to acquire Credit Karma), iTKO, KLA-Tencor, Magento, Matchesfashion.com, MyFitnessPal, NEC, OpenTable, PopCap Games, Quandoo, Riot Games, Skyscanner, SwiftKey, Twitch, Verifone and Zong.

Eric grew up in Folsom, California and received a B.A. in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Alan Bressers

Alan joined Qatalyst in November 2009. Alan has over 13 years of technology investment banking experience, beginning his career with Credit Suisse's Technology Group. Alan focuses on mergers and acquisitions advisory in the Semiconductor and Hardware sectors, as well as areas where the intersection of hardware and software are enabling disruptive trends including the Internet of Things, Human-Machine Interface, Machine Learning and Autonomous Robots/Cars. He has advised on transactions representing $100B+ of value, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, hostile takeover defense and financings across a variety of technology sectors. Alan has announced or completed transactions with Atmel, Autonomy, Concur, Google, Isilon, Jasper, Kosmix, Kudelski, Linear Technology, LSI, Magma, Microsemi, National Semiconductor, Netezza, NetLogic, NXP, Palm, QLogic, QuinStreet, Rambus, RMI Corporation, SanDisk, Sandforce, SeaMicro, Standard Microsystems, Tensilica, Validity, VIAVI and Withings.

Alan is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania where he received degrees in Economics from the Wharton School and in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Ali Esfahani

Ali joined Qatalyst in March 2015. Prior to Qatalyst, Ali spent nearly 6 years in the Technology Investment Banking group at Morgan Stanley. Ali’s strategic advisory experience includes BrightRoll’s sale to Yahoo!; BlueKai’s sale to Oracle; Intersil’s acquisition of Techwell; Kik’s strategic investment from Tencent; LinkedIn’s sale to Microsoft; Microsemi’s acquisitions of Zarlink and Symmetricom; Moat’s sale to Oracle; Tango’s strategic investment from Alibaba; WhatsApp’s sale to Facebook; and Xoom’s sale to PayPal. Ali has also advised on the IPOs of Facebook, Green Dot, Lending Club, and Twitter, among others. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2009, Ali worked at Deloitte and Accenture in their technology consulting practices.

Ali is originally from Toronto, Canada and received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Brandon Hightower

Brandon joined Qatalyst in September 2014. He has more than ten years of investment banking and technology advisory experience and was previously an Associate with GCA in San Francisco, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions advisory for consumer technology and software companies within the Technology sector. Prior to GCA, Brandon worked in the Transaction Services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco.

While at Qatalyst, Brandon has advised Intuit on its proposed $7.1Bn acquisition of Credit Karma, Spredfast on its sale to Lithium Technologies / Vista Equity Partners, Glassdoor on its $1.2B sale to Recruit Holdings, Magento on its $1.68Bn sale to Adobe, Bungie on the sale of a minority stake to NetEase, Cavium on its $6.7B sale to Marvell Technologies, InvenSense on its $1.3B sale to TDK, Opower on its $621MM sale to Oracle, Xamarin on its sale to Microsoft, HomeAway on its $3.9B sale to Expedia, eBay Inc. on its $925MM divestiture eBay Enterprise, Orbitz Worldwide on its $1.7B sale to Expedia, Coupa Software on its $80M Series G financing, and Datalogix on its sale to Oracle.

Brandon is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana and received a B.S. in Business Management with a Finance emphasis from the Marriott School at Brigham Young University.

Michael Hughes

Michael joined Qatalyst in September 2010 and is based in San Francisco with his wife and son. Michael was previously with the Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications group at Citigroup, based in London.

Michael's transaction experience includes LinkedIn’s $28.1Bn sale to Microsoft, CA’s $18.9B sale to Broadcom, Autonomy's $11.7B sale to HP, Hellman and Friedman’s $11.0B acquisition of Ultimate Software, KLA-Tencor’s $10.6B terminated sale to Lam Research, Bain and Golden Gate's $6.9B acquisition of BMC Software, HomeAway’s $3.9B sale to Expedia, Acme Packet's $2.1B sale to Oracle, BroadSoft’s $1.9B sale to Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent's $1.5B carve-out and sale of Genesys to Permira and TCV, Fusion-io's $1.3B sale to SanDisk, Ebates' $1.0B sale to Rakuten, eBay’s $925MM carve-out and sale of eBay Enterprise to Sterling Partners and Permira, as well as Conga’s sale to Apttus, Cúram Software’s sale to IBM, Everyday Health’s sale to Ziff Davis, Sony’s carve-out and sale of Gracenote to Tribune Media, OverDrive’s sale to Rakuten, Pentaho’s sale to Hitachi Data Systems, RetailMeNot’s sale to Harland Clarke Holdings and Tensilica’s sale to Cadence, in addition to advisory assignments for Ingenico, SanDisk, Sequans, Thomson Reuters and Virgin Media, among others.

Michael is originally from Bristol, England and graduated from Imperial College London with an MSci in Mathematics, with concentrations in Mathematical Finance and Fluid Dynamics.

Peter Spofforth

Peter joined Qatalyst in May 2011 and is head of its European team. Peter’s transaction experience includes Alcatel-Lucent's carve-out and sale of Genesys to Permira and TCV, AppLovin’s investment from Orient Hontai Capital, Autonomy's sale to HP, Cúram’s sale to IBM, Cyvera’s sale to Palo Alto Networks, Dialog’s strategic agreement with Apple, Demisto’s sale to Palo Alto Networks, KLA-Tencor’s terminated sale to Lam Research, MatchesFashion.com’s sale to Apax, Quandoo’s sale to Recruit and Xoom’s sale to Paypal; as well as financings for Genesys and Kik. He was previously with the Equity Capital Markets & Advisory team at Lloyds Banking Group in London.

Peter is originally from Chichester, England and graduated from the University of Warwick with a B.Sc. in Mathematics, with concentrations in Mathematical Economics and Mathematical Biology.

Salvatore Arcarese

Salvatore joined Qatalyst in December 2014. Prior to Qatalyst, he was with the Telecom, Media and Technology corporate finance team at Deutsche Bank in London. While at Qatalyst, Salvatore’s transaction experience includes the sale of Magento to Adobe, the sale of Verifone to Francisco Partners, the sale of MatchesFashion.com to Apax, the Series F financing of Farfetch and the sale of Quandoo to Recruit. Prior to Qatalyst, Salvatore's transaction experience includes advisory and financing assignments for Qualcomm, Sophos, Spotify and Zalando.

Originally from Italy, Salvatore graduated cum laude from Bocconi University in Milan where he received a BSc in Economics and Finance and a MSc in Finance.

Daniel Axelsen

Dan first joined Qatalyst in 2010 and re-joined in 2019. Prior to rejoining the firm, Dan held various venture roles including at NEA and Kleiner Perkins where he focused on fintech and digital health investing. His transaction experience at Qatalyst includes Ancestry.com's sale to Permira for $1.6B, Magma Design Automation's sale to Synopsys for $550M, NetLogic's sale to Broadcom for $3.9B, Autonomy's sale to HP for $11.7B, Citrix's acquisition of Cloud.com, Michael Rubin’s acquisition of GSI Commerce Assets from eBay to form Kynetics for $498M, Pliant Technology on its sale to SanDisk $327M, and 3PAR's sale to HP for $2.4B.

Dan majored in finance and minored in computer science at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Joseph Wharton Scholar and a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.

Dennis Ding

Dennis joined Qatalyst in May 2015. He was previously with Deutsche Bank in its Technology, Media and Telecom Group in San Francisco. While at Qatalyst, Dennis advised Qualtrics on its $8.0B sale to SAP, CA on its $18.9B sale to Broadcom, Microsemi on its $10.2B sale to Microchip, Linear Technology on its $16.2B sale to Analog Devices, and QLogic’s on its $1.4B sale to Cavium. Dennis’ transaction experience prior to Qatalyst includes Alibaba’s $25B initial public offering, SunEdison’s separation of SunEdison Semiconductor and Qualcomm’s $2.5B acquisition of CSR.

Dennis is originally from Beijing, China. He graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara University, where he received a B.Sc. in Finance from the Leavey School of Business, and a B.S. in Mathematics.

Nikhil Raheja

Nikhil joined Qatalyst in June 2012 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2011.

Nikhil's transaction experience includes NetSuite’s $9.4B sale to Oracle, Informatica’s $5.3B sale to Permira and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, AppDynamics's $3.7B sale to Cisco, Atmel $3.6B sale to Microchip, Aruba’s $3B sale to HP, SourceFire’s $2.7B sale to Cisco, OpenTable’s $2.6B sale to Priceline, CallidusCloud’s $2.4B sale to SAP, Duo Security’s $2.4B sale to Cisco, Imperva’s $2.1B sale to Thoma Bravo, MINDBODY’s $1.9B sale of Vista Equity Partners, BroadSoft’s $1.9B sale to Cisco, Fusion-io's $1.3B sale to SanDisk, Tumblr’s $1.1B sale to Yahoo!, Twitch’s $1.0B sale to Amazon, eBay’s $800MM acquisition of Braintree, OpenDNS’ $650MM sale to Cisco, Demisto’s $560M sale to Palo Alto Networks, Everyday Health’s $465MM sale to Ziff Davis, Ping Identity’s sale to Vista Equity Partners, RelateIQ's sale to Salesforce.com, Tensilica’s sale to Cadence, Lithium Technologies’ sale to Vista Equity Partners and Kodiak’s sale to Motorola Solutions.

Nikhil is originally from Toronto, Canada and graduated with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Business Administration degree.

Daniel Sasi

Daniel joined Qatalyst in April of 2017. Prior to joining Qatalyst, Daniel was in the Technology Investment Banking group at BofA Merrill Lynch in Palo Alto, California. While at Qatalyst, Daniel’s transaction experience includes Hellman & Friedman’s $11B acquisition of Ultimate Software, Cavium’s $6.7B sale to Marvell Technologies, Glassdoor’s $1.2B sale to Recruit, NGINX’s $670M sale to F5 Networks, Luxtera’s $660M sale to Cisco, Datorama’s sale to Salesforce and Semantic Machine’s sale to Microsoft. Prior to Qatalyst, Daniel's transaction experience includes Verizon's $4.5B acquisition of Yahoo's core business, Renesas' $3.2B acquisition of Intersil, Ubiquisys’ $310M sale to Cisco, Bankrate's sale of its insuranceQuotes division to a Genstar Capital portfolio company (AllWebLeads), multiple divestitures for Progress Software, and financings for Cypress Semiconductor, inContact, InfoBlox, Intermolecular, Violin Memory and MakeMyTrip.

Daniel grew up in Los Angeles, California and graduated with a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of San Diego.

Sam Bronstein

Sam joined Qatalyst in June 2015. Since joining Qatalyst, Sam has advised NXP on its terminated $48.4Bn sale to Qualcomm, LinkedIn on its $28.1Bn sale to Microsoft, Qualtrics on its $8.0Bn sale to SAP, Apptio on its $1.9Bn sale to Vista Equity Partners, Jasper on its $1.4Bn sale to Cisco, Glassdoor on its $1.2Bn sale to Recruit, SignalFx on its $1.05Bn sale to Splunk, Shape Security on its $1.0Bn sale to F5, AppLovin on its $981MM investment from Orient Hontai Capital, Tubi on its $500MM sale to Fox, Weebly on its $365MM sale to Square, and PillPack on its sale to Amazon.

Sam is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Finance.

John Bryan

John joined Qatalyst in March 2019. He was previously with Credit Suisse’s Technology Investment Banking team in San Francisco, California. Originally from Los Angeles, John received his B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

John Button

John joined Qatalyst in June 2019 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2018. Prior to joining Qatalyst, he served in progressive Corporate Strategy and M&A roles for Rogers Communications Inc. John grew up in Toronto, Canada and received his B.Com. in Finance & Economics from the University of Toronto, M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder.

Conor Dwyer

Conor joined Qatalyst in April 2019. He was previously with Morgan Stanley’s Mergers and Acquisitions group in New York City. Conor grew up on the shoreline of Connecticut, and received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Utah and M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Brianna Hammer

Brianna Hammer joined Qatalyst in June 2019. Originally from Yorba Linda, California, Brianna received her B.S. in Economics and B.A. in Political Science from Purdue University, and her M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Steven Koblinski

Steven joined Qatalyst in April 2018. Prior to joining Qatalyst, he worked in New York City at LUMA Partners. Originally from Midland, Michigan, Steven graduated from Loyola University Chicago where he received a B.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Spanish.

Song Mu

Song joined Qatalyst in March 2019. He was previously with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Mergers and Acquisitions team in Palo Alto, California. Originally from Missouri, Song received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Missouri and M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Palmer Scholar.

Barry Ripley

Barry joined Qatalyst in April 2018. He was previously with Citigroup’s Technology Investment Banking team in San Francisco, California. Barry grew up in the Bay Area and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, M.S. in Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Jonathan Scherzer

Jonathan joined Qatalyst in June 2015. Prior to joining Qatalyst, he interned with Houlihan Lokey’s Corporate Finance Group. Originally from Manhattan, Jonathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, receiving a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, while also majoring in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS).

Jordan Stastny

Jordan joined Qatalyst in February 2019. He was previously with Citigroup’s Technology Investment Banking team in San Francisco, California. Jordan grew up in Meridian, Idaho and graduated from Brigham Young University where he received a B.S. in Economics.

Amanda Turner

Amanda joined Qatalyst in June 2019. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Amanda received her B.S. in Economics from American University and her M.B.A from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Rocky Yip

Rocky joined Qatalyst in June 2017 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2016. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Rocky graduated with highest honors from UC Berkeley, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business.

Milad Zarpak

Milad joined Qatalyst in March 2016 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2015. Prior to joining Qatalyst, he completed a product management internship at Delivery Hero in Berlin. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Milad graduated from Ryerson University with a BSc in Architectural Science, and from Bocconi University with an MSc in International Management.

Max Adams

Max joined Qatalyst in February 2019. Before joining Qatalyst, Max was with Lazard in its Technology M&A Group in San Francisco.

Originally from Colorado, Max graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University, where he received a B.S. in Finance from the Marriott School of Business.

Anagha Bharadwaj

Anagha joined Qatalyst in March 2019. Previously, she worked at Piper Jaffray within its Investment Banking Division in New York. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Ana graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Finance and Accounting.

Jacob Bryson

Jacob joined Qatalyst in June 2019 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2018. Originally from San Clemente, California, Jacob graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, where he received a B.S. in Economics.

Tiffany Chen

Tiffany joined Qatalyst in December 2018. Previously, she worked at Cowen within its TMT group in San Francisco and New York. Tiffany graduated magna cum laude from Cal Polytechnic San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Business Administration and double concentration in Accounting and Finance.

Jack Heneghan

Jack joined Qatalyst in June 2019. Previously, he worked at Audax Private Equity in San Francisco and was a professional athlete. Originally from the Bay Area, Jack graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he received an A.B. in Economics with a minor in Quantitative Social Science.

Aimee He

Aimee joined Qatalyst in June 2018 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2017. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Aimee graduated with Distinction from Western University and Ivey Business School, receiving a B.A. Honors in Business Administration.

Tripp Kauffman

Tripp joined Qatalyst in June 2019. Prior to Qatalyst, he completed internships at CORE Industrial Partners, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Capital One, and Goldman Sachs. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tripp graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where he received a B.A. in Economics from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Ryan Koh

Ryan joined Qatalyst in June 2018. Before joining Qatalyst, he interned in the Technology Investment Banking Division at J.P. Morgan in San Francisco. Prior to that, he also completed internships at Uber and Group One Trading. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Ryan graduated from UC Berkeley, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business.

Chenyu Ma

Chenyu joined Qatalyst in June 2019. Before joining Qatalyst, he interned at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Mergers and Acquisitions team in Palo Alto, California. Originally from Adelaide, Australia and Dalian, China, Chenyu received his B.S. in Environmental Studies and Geophysics from Yale University.

Henry Nassif

Henry Joined Qatalyst in May 2019. Previously, Henry was at UBS Investment Bank and Morgan Stanley in New York. Henry graduated with honors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science.

Mustafa Neemuchwala

Mustafa joined Qatalyst in June 2019 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2018. Originally from Dallas, Mustafa graduated with highest honors as valedictorian of his programs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a B.B.A. in Business Honors, a B.B.A. in Finance, and a B.A. in Plan II Honors with a minor in Mathematics and additional coursework in Computer Science.

Sheldon O'Brien

Sheldon joined Qatalyst in June 2019 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2018. Originally from New Brunswick, Canada, Sheldon graduated with Distinction from Western University and Ivey Business School, receiving a B.A. Honors in Business Administration.

Chase Packard

Chase joined Qatalyst in June 2018 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2017. Originally from Washington, DC, Chase graduated with General Honors from the University of Chicago, where he received a B.A. in Economics, Minor in Statistics, and Certificate from the Booth School of Business Dougan Scholars Program.

Sam Procter

Sam joined Qatalyst in June 2018 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2017. Originally from Boston, Sam graduated with distinction from Amherst College, where he received a B.A. in Computer Science and History.

Adrian Radu

Adrian joined Qatalyst in June 2018. Prior to joining Qatalyst, he completed internships at Ondra Partners and Jefferies Group. Adrian graduated from Imperial College Business School, where he received a MSc in Investment and Wealth Management, and from Southampton University, with a BSc in Economics.

Army Tunjaicon

Army joined Qatalyst in June 2018. Before joining Qatalyst, he interned in the Financial Institution Group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Army graduated from Duke University, where he received a B.S. in Mathematics, B.S. in Computer Science and B.S.E in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Ben Wang

Ben joined Qatalyst in June 2019 after completing a summer internship with the firm in the previous year. Originally from Southern California, Ben graduated with distinction from Yale University, where he received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Economics.

David Xin

David joined Qatalyst in June 2019. Prior to joining Qatalyst, he interned in the Financial Institutions Group at Deutsche Bank in New York City. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, David graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, where he received an A.B. in Economics and a certificate in Finance.

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