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 $650B 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, Aruba, 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, Sourcefire, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, SynOptics (Bay Networks), 3PAR, Tumblr, 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); Aruba on its $3B sale to HP; 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); 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; Tumblr on its $1.1B sale to Yahoo!; 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 Museum 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 32 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 pending 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 pending 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 pending 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, Callidus’ $2.5B sale to SAP, Concur's $8.3B sale to SAP, Datalogix's sale to Oracle, Datorama’s pending sale to Salesforce.com, Lithium Technologies sale to Vista Equity Partners, Magma Automation's $550MM sale to Synopsys, 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, RelateIQ's $400MM sale to Salesforce.com, Semantic Machines' sale to Microsoft, Taleo's $2.1B sale to Oracle and Vista Equity Partners’ pending 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.

Jason DiLullo

Jason joined Qatalyst in 2010, and was appointed Co-President of the Firm in January 2016 and President in January 2017. 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. Most recently, Jason was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Technology Mergers and Acquisitions, Americas at Credit Suisse. Prior to Credit Suisse, 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, Fusion-io, InvenSense, Isilon Systems, Jasper, Kiva Systems, KLA-Tencor, Linear Technology, LSI, Magma Design Automation, National Semiconductor, NetLogic Microsystems, NetSuite, Nicira, NXP Semiconductors, Pliant Technology, PMC-Sierra, QLogic, 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, Equipment and Design Automation Group. Adam has over 18 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 Banc of America Securities, 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 recent 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, 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 is on the Board of Directors of Summer Search in the Bay Area, was previously on the Advisory Board and Audit Committee of Shepherd’s Gate, and has actively served 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 over 16 years of experience in M&A advisory work. His transaction experience includes the sale of AppLovin to Orient Hontai Capital, the sale of Atheros to Qualcomm, the sale of Big Fish Games to Churchill Downs, Bungie on the Sale of a Strategic Stake to NetEase, the sale of Conexant to Golden Gate Capital, the sale of Dropcam to Nest/Google, eBay's acquisition of Braintree, the merger of Elance with oDesk, the sale of Flurry to Yahoo!, the sale of Gaikai to Sony, Google's acquisitions of YouTube and Doubleclick, HomeAway on its sale to Expedia, the divestitures of InfoSpace's Mobile and Directory businesses, the divestiture of Intuit's Financial Services Division to Thoma Bravo, the sale of iTKO to CA, the sale of Kiva Systems to Amazon.com, the sale of Komag to Western Digital, the sale of Micromuse to IBM, the sale of MoPub to Twitter, the sale of Motorola Mobility to Google, the sale of MyFitnessPal to UnderArmour, the sale of OpenTable to Priceline, the sale of Overdrive to Rakuten, the sale of Palm to HP, the sale of Pillpack to Amazon, the sale of Pixar to Disney, the sale of Pliant to SanDisk, the sale of PopCap Games to Electronic Arts, Priceline's acquisition of Bookings, the sale of Riot Games to Tencent, the sale of Shopping.com to eBay, the divestiture of Sony's Gracenote division to Tribune, the pending sale of Spredfast to Vista Equity Partners, the sale of Twitch to Amazon, the merger of Universal Computer Systems with Reynolds & Reynolds, the sale of Verifone to Francisco Partners, the sale of Xoom to PayPal, and the sale of Zong to eBay, 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 20 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.

Jean Tardy-Joubert

Jean joined Qatalyst in February 2009 to launch and head Qatalyst's European operations. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the firm. Jean has 25 years of investment banking experience, the last 20 of which have been focused on advising technology companies in EMEA. Prior to joining Qatalyst, Jean served as head of European Technology Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch, co-head of the European Technology, Media and Telecom group for Credit Suisse, and head of the European Technology Group for Credit Suisse.

Jean's clients and transaction experience include IPOs and advisory assignments for ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion/Floware, ARM, Ascom, Autonomy, Bosch, Cambridge Silicon Radio, CapGemini, Cúram Software, Cyvera, ECI Telecom, Ericsson, Farfetch, France Telecom, Gemplus, Ingenico, Logitech, Marconi, MatchesFashion.com, Native Networks, Nokia, NXP/Philips, Psion, Quandoo, Sequans, Siemens, Skyscanner, STMicroelectronics, SwiftKey, Tenovis, Virata/Globespan, Vivendi, Wavecom, Withings, and Xyratex.

Jean has advised Alcatel on its $7B acquisition of Newbridge Networks, Alcatel-Lucent on the sale of its Genesys business to a private equity consortium for $1.5B; Autonomy on its $11.7B sale to HP; Floware on its merger with Breezecom; Virata on its merger with Globespan; the sale in two transactions of Bosch Telecom to Marconi and KKR, then on its subsequent sale to Avaya; the successful hostile defence of Wavecom (merged with Sierra Wireless); the separation of Philip's semiconductor business (NXP) to a sponsor-led consortium and the respective $6B financing, and the two subsequent disposals of NXP's C&IPT division to DSP Communications and wireless division to STMicroelectronics ($1.6B); Siemens AG on its acquisitions of Redstone Communications and Castle Networks; Skyscanner on its $1.8B sale to CTrip, and MatchesFashion.com on its sale to Apax Partners.

Jean is originally from Paris, France and graduated in Economics and Finance from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris). Jean is fluent in French, English and conversational in German.

Jonathan Turner

Jonathan is a co-founder of Qatalyst and currently serves as a senior advisor to the firm. Previously, he held the title of Co-President, overseeing the consumer technology and software sectors. Jonathan has over 22 years of investment banking experience, including at Credit Suisse, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Citibank. Prior to founding Qatalyst, Jonathan was Global Head of Credit Suisse's Internet banking group and Vice President, Corporate Development, for QuinStreet, the leader in online vertical marketing and media. At Qatalyst, Jonathan advised AKQA on its sale to WPP, Ancestry.com on its sale to Permira, AppLovin on its sale to Orient Hontai Capital, Autonomy on its sale to HP, Bain Capital on its acquisition of BMC, BigFish on its sale to Churchill Downs, Brocade on its restructured acquisition of Foundry, Comcast on its investment in Arris, Data Domain on its sale to EMC, Datalogix on its sale to Oracle, Dropcam on its sale to Nest/Google, eBay on its acquisition of Braintree and various other assignments, including the sale of eBay Enterprise to Sterling Partners and Permira, Elance on its merger with oDesk, Everyday Health on its sale to Ziff Davis, Flurry on its sale to Yahoo!, GaiKai on its sale to Sony, GoDaddy on its majority investment by KKR, Silverlake and TCV, HomeAway on its sale to Expedia, Kosmix on its sale to Wal-mart, Lifesize on its sale to Logitech, LinkedIn on its sale to Microsoft, MoPub on its sale to Twitter, MediaMind on its sale to DG Fast Channel, Motorola Mobility on its sale to Google, MyFitnessPal on its sale to UnderArmour, OpenTable on its sale to Priceline, Orbitz on its sale to Expedia, Overdrive on its sale to Rakuten, Palm on its sale to HP, PopCap Games on its sale to Electronic Arts, Riot Games on its sale to Tencent, Skyscanner on its sale to Ctrip, Sony on the divestiture of its Gracenote division to Tribune, Tumblr on its sale to Yahoo!, Twitch on its sale to Amazon.com, Xoom on its sale to PayPal and Zong on its sale to eBay. Prior to Qatalyst, Jonathan advised companies such as Accenture, Baidu, Dell, HP, Omniture, Priceline, Synopsys, Ticketmaster, VERITAS and Yahoo!

Jonathan is originally from London, England and was awarded a BA with First Class Honors in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Oxford University, England, with a tutorial prize in Economics.

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 18 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 17 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.

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 May 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), Fusion-io, Gaikai, Gemstar, Go Daddy, Informatica, 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 a decade 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.

Michael Hughes

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

Michael's transaction experience includes Acme Packet's $2.1B sale to Oracle, Alcatel-Lucent's $1.5B carve-out and sale of Genesys to Permira and TCV, Autonomy's $11.7B sale to HP, Bain and Golden Gate's $6.9B acquisition of BMC Software, BroadSoft’s $1.9B sale to Cisco, Ebates' $1.0B sale to Rakuten, eBay’s $925MM carve-out and sale of eBay Enterprise to Sterling Partners and Permira, Fusion-io's $1.3B sale to SanDisk, HomeAway’s $3.9B sale to Expedia, and LinkedIn’s $28.1Bn sale to Microsoft as well as Cúram Software’s sale to IBM, Everyday Health’s sale to Ziff Davis, Gracenote’s sale 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, KLA-Tencor, SanDisk, Sequans, Sony, 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.

Karl Anderson

Karl joined Qatalyst in June 2015. He has nine 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 $100B. Since joining Qatalyst, Karl has advised 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 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 CA on its $18.9B proposed 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.

Brandon Hightower

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

While at Qatalyst, Brandon has advised InvenSense on its sale to TDK, Opower on its sale to Oracle, Xamarin on its sale to Microsoft, HomeAway on its sale to Expedia, eBay Inc. on its divestiture of eBay Enterprise, Orbitz Worldwide on its sale to Expedia, 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 Brigham Young University Marriott School.

Jake O’Donnell

Jake joined Qatalyst in July 2013 and is based in San Francisco. He has 10 years of technology M&A and capital raising experience in the United States and Europe. Prior to joining Qatalyst, Jake worked in the TMT investment banking group at Deutsche Bank.

While at Qatalyst, Jake has advised Advent Software on its sale to SS&C, AlienVault on its pending sale to AT&T, Cypress Semiconductor on its merger with Spansion, Duo Security on its pending sale to Cisco, Elance on its merger with oDesk, MyFitnessPal on its sale to Under Armour, SimpliSafe on its majority investment by Hellman & Friedman, Skyscanner on its sale to Ctrip, Swiftkey on its sale to Microsoft, Twitch on its sale to Amazon, Verifone on its pending sale to Francisco Partners, Withings on its sale to Nokia and Xoom on its sale to PayPal. Jake’s prior transaction experience includes Alibaba Group’s take-private of Alibaba.com, Alibaba Group’s restructuring of its relationship with Yahoo!, Amobee’s sale to SingTel, KKR and Silver Lake’s acquisition of Go Daddy, Network Solutions’ sale to Web.com, Permira’s acquisition of Ancestry.com and the IPOs of Criteo, HomeAway, KAYAK, MediaMind, RenRen and YuMe.

Jake is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from Santa Clara University, where he received a B.Sc. in Economics from the Leavey School of Business.

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, 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, 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.

Peter Spofforth

Peter joined Qatalyst in May 2011 and leads Europe for Qatalyst. 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, 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.

Ran Wei

Ran joined Qatalyst in March 2015. He was previously with Citigroup in its Financial Strategy Group, based in New York, and subsequently its Technology Investment Banking group, based in San Francisco. Ran’s transaction experience includes NXP’s terminated $48.4B sale to Qualcomm, Atmel’s sale to Microchip, APT’s sale to MasterCard, Avago’s acquisition of LSI, the split of SAIC and Leidos, the sale of CompuCom to Thomas H. Lee Partners and financings for Palo Alto Networks and Red Hat.

Ran is originally from Beijing, China and Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, receiving a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance and a B.S. in Engineering majoring in Computer Science and Engineering.

Jesse Yang

Jesse joined Qatalyst in June 2012. Jesse’s advisory experience includes Acme Packet’s sale to Oracle, AlienVault’s proposed sale to AT&T, Ancestry.com’s sale to Permira, Cortina’s sale of its High-Speed Interconnect and Optical Transport product lines to Inphi, Citrix’s activism defense and cooperation agreement with Elliott Management, Citrix / GoTo’s Reverse Morris Trust with LogMeIn, Ebates’s sale to Rakuten, eBay’s divestiture of eBay Enterprise, Jasper’s sale to Cisco, PillPack’s proposed sale to Amazon, RetailMeNot’s sale to Harland Clarke Holdings, Riverbed’s sale to Thoma Bravo, and Validity’s sale to Synaptics, among others.

Jesse is originally from Orange, CA and graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mathematics with Distinction.

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. 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.

Hakon Bjerke

Hakon joined Qatalyst in January 2014. He was previously with the Financial Institutions Group at Canaccord Genuity in London and has also completed internships with Shasta Partners in Boston and J.P. Morgan in London. Originally from Oslo, Norway, Hakon graduated from the Norwegian Business School with a B.Sc. in Business and Economics, and from Brandeis University International Business School with an MA in International Finance and Economics.

Sam Bronstein

Sam joined Qatalyst in June 2015. Prior to joining Qatalyst, he interned in New York City with the Restructuring group at Rothschild and the M&A group at Perella Weinberg Partners. Originally from Boston, Sam graduated from the University of Maryland where he received a B.S. in Finance.

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.

Michael Liu

Michael joined Qatalyst in April 2015. Prior to joining Qatalyst, he worked in the TMT & Diversified Industries Investment Banking Group at CIBC World Markets and at PwC LLP in Toronto. Originally from Changchun, China, Michael has passed all 3 levels of the CFA examination and is a Chartered Accountant. He graduated from the University of Waterloo where he received a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Mathematics with distinction.

Barry Ripley

Barry joined Qatalyst in April 2018. He was previously with Citigroup in its Technology Investment Banking Group in San Francisco, California. Barry’s strategic advisory experience prior to Qatalyst includes Avvo’s sale to Internet Brands, Broadcom’s unsolicited takeover attempt of Qualcomm, SailPoint’s initial public offering and Pivotal Software’s initial public offering.

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.

Daniel Sasi

Daniel joined Qatalyst in April 2017. Prior to joining Qatalyst, Daniel was on the Technology Investment Banking team at BofA Merrill Lynch in Palo Alto, California. Daniel's strategic advisory experience prior to Qatalyst includes Verizon's $4.5B acquisition of Yahoo's core business, Renesas' $3.2B acquisition of Intersil, the sale of Bankrate's insuranceQuotes division to a Genstar Capital portfolio company (AllWebLeads), the sale of Ubiquisys to Cisco Systems and multiple divestitures for Progress Software, among others. Daniel also advised on financings for Cypress Semiconductor, inContact, InfoBlox, Intermolecular, Violin Memory, MACOM and MakeMyTrip.

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

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).

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.

Nicholas Bunick

Nicholas joined Qatalyst in July 2018. He was previously with Citigroup in its Technology Investment Banking Group in San Francisco, California. Nicholas’ strategic advisory experience prior to Qatalyst includes Broadcom’s unsolicited takeover attempt of Qualcomm.

Nicholas grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon and graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego, where he received a B.B.A in Finance with a minor in Accountancy.

Vanessa Deng

Vanessa joined Qatalyst in June 2017 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2015. In 2016, she completed a summer internship as an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs Investment Partners in New York. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Vanessa graduated with Distinction as a Western Scholar from Western University and Ivey Business School, receiving a B.E.Sc. in Software Engineering and a B.A. Honors in Business Administration.

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.

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.

Gary Li

Gary joined Qatalyst in June 2017. Prior to joining Qatalyst, he interned in the Investment Banking Division at Barclays in New York. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Gary graduated from New York University where he received a B.S. in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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.

Kobisan Rasaratnam

Kobisan joined Qatalyst in June 2017 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2016. Previously, Kobisan completed internships at CPP Investment Board in public equities, at OMERS in private equity, and at Deutsche Bank in trading. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Kobisan graduated with distinction on the Dean’s Honors List from the University of Waterloo, where he received a Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management.

Jon Shaw

Jon joined Qatalyst in June 2018 after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2017. Originally from Marin County, California, Jon graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College where he received a B.A. in Economics with honors and a sequence in Computer Science.

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.

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.

Angela Zhu

Angela joined Qatalyst in June 2017. Before joining Qatalyst, she interned in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Citigroup in San Francisco. Prior to that, she also completed internships at Morgan Stanley and CITIC Securities. Originally from Shanghai, China, Angela graduated summa cum laude from Duke University where she majored in Economics and Computer Science.

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