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.


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.