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.
Jonathan joined Sagent Advisors in 2010 as its General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Jonathan previously served as Chief Counsel for Willis Capital Markets & Advisory, the investment banking division of Willis Group Holdings. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and Counsel at Lehman Brothers where he advised the investment banking division on M&A, Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance and other corporate transactions, as well as the firmís commitment committees and fairness opinion committee. Jonathan served the same role at Barclays Capital after it acquired Lehman Brothersí North American operations. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Jonathan practiced law at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Jonathan received his BS from the Ohio State University and his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
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.
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 is a Managing Director and the head of Sagent Advisorsí Financial Technology & Services practice. During his career Matthew has been responsible for a wide range of strategic sector transactions ranging from Fiservís $4.4 billion acquisition of CheckFree to the CME Groupís IPO. Other notable transactions he has advised on include Laureate Educationís $3.8 billion take private transaction, Digital Insightís $1.4 billion sale to Intuit, Providence Equity's and The Carlyle Group's joint $1.3 billion acquisition of Open Solutions and, more recently, FFastFillís £106 million sale to Ion Trading. From 2007 to 2009 Matthew served as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Fiserv, Inc. During his investment banking career, Matthew headed the financial technology group at Cowen & Company, and, prior to that, oversaw the financial technology investment banking practice at Merrill Lynch, and was a member of the financial institutions group at UBS and the global mergers & acquisitions group at Lehman Brothers. Matthew started his career 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. He earned a JD magna cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, and a BA in History from Columbia University.
Greg joined Sagent Advisors in 2008 and is a Principal in the Food, Drug & Specialty Retail group. He has over 10 years of investment banking experience, including over five years focused on retail. He has executed many M&A engagements for various retailers and financials sponsors. Prior to joining Sagent, Greg was at JPMorgan Securities in the Diversified Industrials Group where he worked on M&A, equity and debt transactions as well as two years in the Equity Capital Markets Group. Greg is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
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.
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.
Rajesh joined Sagent Advisors in 2011 and is a Principal in the Financial Institutions Group ("FIG"). He has 15 years of experience advising depository, specialty finance and broker dealer institutions in risk management, strategic M&A, restructuring and capital raising. Prior to Sagent, he held various positions in investment banking and market risk management at Bear Stearns, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. Rajesh received a Bachelors of Engineering from Delhi University, a Masters of Science in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University.
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 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.
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.
Heather joined Sagent Advisors as a Managing Director in 2014 and leads the firmís Private Financing Solutions practice. She has over 18 years of experience in the equity and debt private placement industry, raising approximately $11 billion in private placements for companies in the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia. Before joining Sagent, Heather was a Partner and Head of Private Placements at Greentech Capital Advisors where she originated, structured and placed equity, mezzanine and senior debt capital for domestic and international private companies in the sustainability sector, including a $1.25 billion equity and project financing for GreatPoint Energy and a Ä463 million recapitalization and growth financing for agri.capital. Before her tenure at Greentech Capital Advisors, Ms. Smith was the Head of the Structured Private Placement Group at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. raising significant equity and mezzanine capital for private companies utilizing highly complex, customized financing structures. Prior to founding the Structured Private Placements Group at Deutsche Bank, she was a Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Private Placement Group at Credit Suisse Securities and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. While at Credit Suisse / DLJ, she was fundamental in raising equity and/or mezzanine for over 100 clients. Prior to working at CS, she was in the Private Placement Group at Prudential Securities. She began her career at First Chicago Corporation (now part of J.P. Morgan) where she was selected to participate in a multi-year management executive training program and traded Foreign Exchange forward, options and futures. Heather received her Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, International Studies and Marketing with distinction from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Economics from Harvard University.
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.