Hal has been the Chief Executive Officer of Sagent Advisors since founding the firm in 2003.
Prior to launching Sagent, he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (formerly Salomon Smith Barney Inc.) from 2000 to 2003. Prior to that, Hal was the Co-Head (along with Sagent fellow founder, Joel J. Cohen) of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he played a pivotal role in building the group into an M&A sector leader.
Before joining DLJ, Hal was a general partner of Freeman Spogli & Co, a merchant banking firm specializing in management buyouts. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director in Kidder, Peabody & Co.ís mergers and acquisitions department. He began his career in 1975 at Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. as a corporate finance generalist and later cofounded and managed that firm's mergers and acquisitions department.
Hal is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in Economics and received his MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Simon joined Sagent Advisors in 2011 as a Managing Director and leads the firm's Financial Institutions Group ("FIG").
He has over 20 years of experience providing strategic financial advice to domestic and international financial institutions and government enterprises. During his career, he has executed business combinations, divestitures, principal investments, restructurings and capital raisings in excess of $250 billion in value.
Simon's investment banking career has been marked by senior leadership positions at several firms. He was Co-Head of FIG M&A at Lehman Brothers, Head of FIG in the Americas at UBS Warburg and Head of FIG at Bear Stearns.
Simon was educated in Europe and the United States at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and the University of Oxford.
Tony joined Sagent Advisors in 2005 as Managing Director in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector.
Prior to joining Sagent, he was a Managing Director in the Corporate and Investment Banking Group at Bank of America in London, where he ran the European Telecommunications and Media Team. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse First Boston from 1989 to 2000. While at DLJ in both New York and London, he was the banking groupsí Global Telecommunications Strategist and was involved in a number of the firmís largest telecommunications high yield and M&A transactions.
Tony is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History.
Doug joined Sagent Advisors in 2004 at the firmís founding.
Prior to that, he had been a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He joined CSFB in 2000 after its acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he had been a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group since 1996.
From 1989 to 1996, Doug was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch where he also served as the Chairman of the Fairness Committee. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of Kidder, Peabody & Co. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Kidder, Peabody at the time of the sale to General Electric.
Doug is a graduate of Fordham University and received his MBA in from Harvard Business School.
Brent joined Sagent Advisors in 2004 and is a Managing Director in the firm's Industrial practice.
He has over a decade of investment banking experience, most recently focusing on advising clients in the capital goods, multi-industry and packaging sectors. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and general corporate finance activities and has executed numerous transactions involving both public and private companies of varying sizes, including cross-border transactions.
Prior to joining Sagent, Brent was at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and General Industries Group. While at Bear Stearns, he worked on M&A and capital market transactions in a variety of industries.
Brent is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Industrial Engineering and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Donato joined Sagent Advisors in 2005 and is the Head of the Financial Sponsors Group.
Before coming to Sagent, he was a Managing Director in Merrill Lynch's Investment Banking Group, which he joined in 1988. As a founding member of Merrill Lynch's Financial Sponsor Group, he was responsible for developing many of the firmís relationships with private equity clients.
Prior to that, he was a generalist banker in corporate finance, leading the execution of numerous advisory and financing assignments in a number of industries, including consumer, healthcare services, energy and industrials.
Donato graduated from Universita' L. Bocconi in Milan, Italy and received his MBA from Columbia University.
Joe joined Sagent Advisors in 2013 as a Managing Director in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications group and is primarily responsible for the firmís media and information services business.
Prior to joining Sagent, Joe spent ten years at Gleacher & Company and its predecessor firm where he was a Managing Director and Head of their TMT practice. In his career, he has been responsible for both the origination and execution of numerous M&A advisory and leveraged finance engagements, including most recently, advising Cogeco Cable on its $1.4 billion acquisition of Atlantic Broadband from ABRY Partners. He also advised the board of CKx on its $561 million sale to Apollo Global Management and New Mountain Capital on its acquisition of SNL Financial.
Prior to joining Gleacher, Joe was at JP Morgan where he was a Managing Director and co-head of the firmís North American Media Investment Banking group. In that role, he had responsibility for managing several of JP Morganís largest media relationships and advised on a number of advisory assignments, including representing Houghton Mifflin in their $2.2 billion sale to Vivendi Universal. He began his investment banking career in Morgan Stanleyís Merchant Banking Group.
Joe graduated from Hofstra University with a BS in Economics and attended the Yale University School of Management.
Steven joined Sagent Advisors in 2011 as a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group.
He has over 20 years of professional experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, strategic planning and corporate taxation. Prior to joining Sagent, Steven was a partner at Industry Capital, a private equity firm which invests in financial services and real estate enterprises. During his career, he has originated, executed and closed over $30 billion of M&A and capital raising transactions.
As a Senior Managing Director in Bear Stearnsí investment banking division, Steven provided financing and advisory services to corporate clients, focusing primarily on depository institutions and specialty financiers. He has also held senior investment bank positions at UBS and Lehman Brothers. In addition, he led Corporate Development for Liberty Energy LLC, prior to its sale to Inergy LP, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions along with formulating the company activities in non-retail ventures.
Steven is a graduate of the University of Kansas with an MS in Accounting & Taxation and BA degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. He received his MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the board of the University of Kansas School of Business.
Brian joined Sagent Advisors in 2009 and is a Principal in the Industrial group, focusing on the Automotive, Commercial Vehicle and Specialty Vehicle sectors.
Brian has over a decade of investment banking experience and has advised clients on a number of M&A, debt, equity and restructuring transactions across a variety of sectors. Before joining Sagent, Brian was a Vice President at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. in the Global Industrials Group. He began his investment banking career at Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroupís predecessor) as a member in the firm's Global Consumer Group.
Brian graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Management and concentration in Finance from Tulane University.
Matthew joined Sagent Advisors in 2011 as a Managing Director in the Financial Technology sector.
He has more than fifteen years experience working on a wide range of M&A and financing transactions, including Fiserv's $4.4 billion acquisition of CheckFree, Digital Insight's $1.4 billion sale to Intuit and Providence Equity's and The Carlyle Group's joint $1.3 billion acquisition of Open Solutions.
Before joining Sagent, Matthew headed the financial technology group at Cowen & Company. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Fiserv, Inc. He has also headed the financial technology investment banking practice at Merrill Lynch and has been a member of the financial institutions group at UBS and the global mergers and acquisitions group at Lehman Brothers. Matthew also worked as a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and clerked for the Honorable Milton I. Shadur in the U.S. Federal District Court in Chicago.
Matthew is a graduate of Columbia University with a BA in history and received his JD from the Northwestern University School of Law.
Carin joined Sagent Advisors in 2011 as a Managing Director in the Medical Technology sector of the firmís Healthcare Group.
She has over twelve years of healthcare investment banking experience, working primarily with medical technology clients around the world. She has devoted a large portion of her career to emerging technology companies in a wide variety of segments of the medical device market.
Prior to joining Sagent, Carin was a Managing Director in the UBS Investment Bank Global Health Care Group, where she started in 1998. From 2005, she was responsible for developing UBSís medical device efforts in Asia. While at UBS, she led the first two US initial public offerings for China-based healthcare companies, China Medical Technologies, Inc. and Mindray Medical International Limited.
Carin is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania with BA in both Mathematics and Psychology.
Ben joined Sagent Advisors in 2004 and is a Principal in the Japan/Asia Focus Group.
Ben has over a decade of investment banking experience and focuses primarily on originating and executing Asia-U.S. mergers and acquisitions. Ben has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience and has worked across a broad array of industries, with concentrated deal experience in the industrial and transportation and logistics industries.
Prior to joining Sagent, Ben was an Associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Credit Suisse First Boston. He joined CSFB after its acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He has specialized in mergers and acquisitions throughout his investment banking career which began at DLJ.
Ben is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a BS in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business.
Michael joined Sagent Advisors in 2011 as a Principal in the firmís Industrial sector.
He joined the firm from Daiwa Corporate Advisory Limited in London where he was a member of their Advanced Manufacturing team and focused on M&A cross border transactions, including Wagon Plcís acquisition of Oxford Automotive and subsequent relisting, Radstone Technologyís successful defense against Eurotech S.p.A. and subsequent sale to GE, and the sale of National Britanniaís to Connaught PLC.
During his career, Michael has also worked on a number of debt advisory and restructuring transactions including providing debt advice on HgCapitalís privatization of Norwegian-listed Visma ASA.
Michael is a graduate of the University of Natal with a degree in Accounting and Finance and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte.
Andre joined Sagent in 2007 as a Managing Director and is the Co-Head of the firmís Japan/Asia Focus Group.
He has over 20 years of investment banking experience focusing primarily on originating and executing Japan-U.S. M&A Prior to joining Sagent Advisors, Andre was a Managing Director at Daiwa Securities America, joining the firm in 2001 as a result of the merger of The Sakura Bank and The Sumitomo Bank. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Head of M&A for the U.S. and Europe at The Sakura Bank from 1993 to 2001, where he focused on engagements by blue chip U.S. and European companies acquiring businesses in Japan, as well as Japanese companies making acquisitions in the U.S. and Europe.
From 1991 to 1993, he worked for AEG Corporation, a subsidiary of Daimler-Benz, as Director of M&A, with responsibility for leading and executing AEGís North American M&A activity. From 1987 until 1991, he worked in the M&A and Private Equity divisions of Charterhouse Bank in New York and London.
Andre is a graduate of Manchester University with a BA in Economics, received his MBA from New York University and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.
Erik was a founding partner of Sagent in 2004, is the Head of our Sales and Divestiture practice and a member of our M&A Group.
Prior to Sagent, he spent the bulk of his career in investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he was a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He joined Credit Suisse First Boston as a Managing Director in its Mergers & Acquisitions Group after the firm acquired DLJ. Immediately prior to joining Sagent, he was a Managing Director for the Boston-based investment banking firm of Lane Berry & Company, International. He has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience with both public and private companies, and has worked across a broad array of industries, with concentrated deal experience in the industrial, distribution, business services and transportation sectors.
Erik is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration and received his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.
Scott is the Chief Financial Officer of Sagent Advisors and is a founding partner of the firm.
He has been in the investment banking industry for over 20 years as a banker and operational leader.
Prior to helping to launch Sagent in 2003, he was a Director at UBS in the Investment Banking management team where he was responsible for improving the performance of groups that supported the investment bank during a period of rapid growth at the firm. Prior to that, he was an Associate Director at UBS in the investment banking department, where he was a member of a team of former Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette bankers who founded the UBS Los Angeles investment banking office in 2001.
Before joining UBS, Scott led the operations and administration of DLJ's investment banking business in Los Angeles from 1993 through 2000. During his tenure there, the office grew to become the largest investment banking team in the United States outside of New York City.
Scott is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a BS in Management and received his MBA in Finance from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Bill joined Sagent Advisors in 2009 as a Managing Director and is the Head of the firmís Chicago office. He also serves as Head of the Sagentís Industrial Sector and Automotive Group.
Bill has over 20 years of investment banking experience. Prior to coming to Sagent, he was a Managing Director in Citigroupís Investment Banking Department where he was a member of their Industrial Group and the Global Co-Head of Citigroupís Automotive Investment Banking Group.
Prior to that, Bill was the Global Head of the Automotive Group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and subsequently Credit Suisse First Boston following their merger in November 2000. In his career, Bill has completed numerous transactions for his clients in the industrial and automotive sectors including mergers and acquisitions, equity capital raising, high yield debt financing and investment grade debt financing.
Bill is a graduate of Northwestern University with a BA in Political Science. He received his Masters in Management from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He currently serves on the Alumni Leadership Circle and the Chicago Regional Council for Northwestern.
Ryo joined Sagent Advisors as a Principal in 2012 from Daiwa Securities in Tokyo where he covered the telecommunications sector and focused on cross border M&A transactions between Japan and the U.S., Europe and Asia. He began his career at Daiwa Securities in 1999 and spent thirteen years in their investment banking and corporate planning sections. Ryo received his BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo in 1999 and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2007. He is a chartered member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan.
Joe joined Sagent in 2013 as a Managing Director and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to Sagent, he had been the senior M&A partner covering East Coast Technology at Citigroup. Joe has over 15 years of investment banking experience, providing strategic advice to numerous domestic and international clients on mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring transactions across the spectrum of industry segments with a focus on technology and general industrial. While at Citigroup, his select advisory mandates included advising on Keane Inc.ís sale to NTT Data, Avis Budgetís acquisition of Avis Europe, Genpact on Bainís acquisition of a minority stake from GA/Oak Hill and the subsequent special dividend, Genpactís acquisition of Headstrong, Wipro's acquisition of Infocrossing, Cendantís sale of Travelport to Blackstone and NTP's patent licensing settlement with RIM. During his career, he also worked at Salomon Brothers, Morgan Stanley and was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Browning-Ferris Industries of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Joe graduated with a BA degree from Hampden-Sydney College and received a MBA from Duke University.
Scott joined Sagent Advisors in 2008 and is the Head of Food, Drug & Specialty Retail Investment Banking, specializing in retail sector strategic advice. He has executed numerous M&A and financing engagements for various retailers (many family-owned) and financial sponsors. Scott was selected to IDD's "40 Under 40" list of promising finance professionals in 2011 and has advised clients in many of the largest retail M&A transactions in the past decade, with a combined transaction value of over $50 billion. Prior to joining Sagent Advisors, Scott was an Executive Director at J.P. Morganís Investment Bank, where he led one of the most prominent Food & Drug Retail M&A efforts on Wall Street. Before J.P. Morgan, he worked in the Consumer Retail Group at Citigroup and the Retail Group at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Scott graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Political Science. He received his MBA and JD degrees from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an executive editor of the Columbia Business Law Review.
Marty joined Sagent Advisors in 2004 at the firmís founding.
Before coming to Sagent, Marty was a Managing Director and Head of Middle Markets Mergers & Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he was a Managing Director with AEA Investors, a private equity firm. Before that, he was a Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and was Co-Head of DLJís Exclusive Sales Group from 1997 to 1999. He began his investment banking career at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb in 1981 and later joined Salomon Brothers in 1984 where he became a Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department. From 1990 to 1995, he was at Goldman Sachs where he was in charge of the New England region in the firmís Investment Banking Services Group. He has served on the Board of Directors of numerous companies including Dal-Tile Corporation (the largest US ceramic tile manufacturer), Li & Fung Distribution ($1 billion supply chain distributor into Asia) and PC Connection ($1.3 billion direct marketer of technology equipment).
Marty is a graduate of The Ohio State University and received his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was an Edward Carter Scholar.
Naoya joined Sagent Advisors in 2009 as the Co-Head of the firmís Japan/Asia Focus Group.
Prior to coming to Sagent, Naoya was a Senior Vice President and a Group Head of the Strategic Advisory Department 4 at Daiwa Securities SMBC in Tokyo where he focused on cross-border M&A advisory business between Japan and the U.S., Europe and Asia. From 2000 to 2005, he worked as a Director at Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe in London where he was the Head of the London team and responsible for Japan-Europe M&A advisory.
He began his career at Sumitomo Bank (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) in 1989. He spent ten years at Sumitomo Bank in the investment banking, corporate research and legal sections.
Naoya is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo and received a Master of Comparative Law at the University of Michigan Law School.
Chris joined Sagent Advisors in 2009 and is a Managing Director in the Aerospace, Defense and Technology group.
He brings to Sagent over 13 years of investment banking experience, most recently as a Director in Wachovia Securitiesí Defense, Aerospace & Technology Services Investment Banking Group. Over the course of his investment banking career, Chris has advised and assisted on the execution of over 50 successful M&A, equity and leveraged finance transactions for clients in both the Government and Commercial IT Services and Outsourcing sectors. Several notable transactions include advising SI International on its sale to Serco Group and BAE Systems on its acquisition of DigitalNet. Prior to joining Wachovia Securities, Chris was a Senior Associate at Banc One Capital Markets and a Mechanical Engineer for Raytheonís Electronic Systems Division in Richardson, Texas.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and received his MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He was also a four-year starter and Hitachi Academic All-American for the Arkansas Razorback football team.
Jeremy joined Sagent Advisors in 2013 as a Manager Director in the Aerospace, Defense and Technology group. Prior to joining Sagent, Mr. Parker was a Managing Director and Head of Aerospace, Defense & Government at Gleacher & Company (including its predecessor company Gleacher Partners). During his tenure there, Mr. Parker advised numerous domestic and international clients on a variety of mergers & acquisitions and financing transactions, including recent assignments such as Evolvent Technologiesí sale to ManTech International, New Mountain Capitalís acquisition of a majority stake in SNL Financial, CKXís sale to Apollo Global Management and Mercury Systemsí equity offering. Prior to Gleacher, Mr. Parker was a Principal in the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions group of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a Fortune 500ģ science, engineering, and technology company. Mr. Parker began his investment banking career at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Mr. Parker received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BA from Georgetown University.
Ron joined Sagent Advisors in 2010 as a Managing Director in the Technology sector.
He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity offerings, high yield debt, investment grade debt, syndicated finance, equity-linked products and liability management. Some of his selected transactions include the 2012 sale of IPWireless to General Dynamics; 2010 advisory work for Telcordia; 2008 financings for Jabil Circuit and Lexmark; 2007 NCR spin-off of Teradata; 2007 $600 million sale of WestCom to IPC; 2006 $350 million sale of Enterasys to Gores; 2006 Lucent $36 billion merger with Alcatel; 2005 Neustar $700 million IPO (IPO of the Year); 2003 Lucent $1.5 billion Convertible Debentures and recapitalization; 2001 Lucent $6.5 billion Credit Facility (Deal of the Year); 1999 EPCOS $1.5 billion IPO (joint venture of Siemens and Matsushita). Prior to joining Sagent, Ron was Vice Chairman and Co-Head of Investment Banking at Ladenburg Thalmann. Prior to that, he was the Head of J.P. Morganís Technology Investment Banking Group and a Managing Director in their TMT group from 2000 to 2008. During his career, he has also worked at Merrill Lynch, Cowen & Company, InSight Venture Partners (which he co-founded in 1993) and Salomon Brothers Inc.
Ron received a BSE from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Anderson School at University of California at Los Angeles. He serves as a Trustee of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.
Paul joined Sagent in April 2013 as a Managing Director and leads the firmís Metals and Mining practice. Prior to Sagent, he had been at Credit Suisse since 1995, where he was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Department and the firmís Head of Americas Metals & Mining. He has expertise across an array of industries and has covered the metals and mining sector across the globe, advising global clients on the full spectrum of mergers and acquisitions as well as capital market products including initial public offerings and debt and equity financings. Paul has advised clients in a broad range of complex, strategic transactions including Sunoco on its separation of SunCoke Energy, Signal Peak Energy in its sale of an interest to Gunvor Group, Valmont Industries on its acquisition of Delta plc, and Evraz Group on its acquisition of ISPCO Tubular and its subsequent sale of IPSCO USA to OAO TMK. Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in Ontario.
Tim Webb joined Sagent Advisors in 2004 and is a Principal in the Industrial sector, where he leads the Building Products and Construction effort at the firm. In addition, he is a member of the firmís M&A group and is responsible for transaction executions across a range of industry verticals.
Tim began his career with Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., focusing on mergers, acquisitions and major corporate transactions. Since joining Sagent, Tim has assisted and advised clients on numerous company sale, acquisition, defense advisory and capital raising transactions on a global scale.
Over the last ten years, he has participated in more than 40 transactions, including such notable engagements as the sale of Service Experts for Lennox International to American Capital; the sale of Lennox Hearth Products to the Comvest Group; the sale of a majority investment in Continental Cement Company to Summit Materials; the sale of Loewen to VKR Holding A/S; the sale of an ďequalĒ equity interest in Pavestone Group to OPUBCO; financial advisor to Constellation Enterprises LLC in connection with its 144A high yield offering; the sale of AEG Power Solutions B.V. to Germany1 Acquisition Limited; and the sale of The Genlyte Group Inc. to Royal Philips Electronics.
Tim graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia with a BS in Commerce. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.
Rick joined Sagent Advisors in 2011 as a Senior Advisor to the Financial Institutions Group.
During his career he has specialized in financial institutions as a senior investment banker with Salomon Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, where he was the Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group, and UBS Warburg. Most recently, he was a Managing Partner at Lykos Capital Management, a hedge fund which managed funds invested in publicly-traded U.S. community banks.
Rick is a graduate the University of Michigan with a BA and received MBA and JD degrees at Columbia University.