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.


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.