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01/15/21 Data & Analytics M&A Report including recent 2021 Transactions > Sector Research Report

Ascento Capital has extensive experience in the Data & Analytics sector and published a report today on the top Data & Analytics M&A transactions in the latest twelve months with acquirers including Bloomberg, S&P Global, Qlik Technologies, IBM and Microsoft Azure.

12/17/20 Ben Boissevain Particates in Nordic XR Accelerator with Microsoft and Warner Media as Co-hosts > Mentor

Nordic XR Startups is an investor and VR/AR accelerator based in Helsinki, Finland. Its mission is to contribute to and improve the competitiveness of the Nordic VR/AR ecosystem and accelerate the growth of its investment portfolio companies. The co-hosts for this event were Microsoft and Warner Media.

11/22/20 Ben Boissevain Judges at the 19th Annual M&A Advisor Awards > Judge

Ben Boissevain was pleased to judge the 19th Annual M&A Advisor Awards, the third time he has judged the event. The awards are a premier gathering of professionals engaged in M&A, restructuring and financing and industry leaders, watchers and influencers from the US and around the world who participate at the New York Athletic Club.

11/20/20 Ben Boissevain Particates on Panel for NY Tech Alliance: M&A Exits in Uncertain Times > Panelist

The severe dislocations that many companies are experiencing during the pandemic have only increased the necessity of making sound, informed strategic decisions about company direction. Then, once a course of action has been selected, there is a premium on being prepared to take quick advantage of those opportunities.

11/19/20 Ben Boissevain Lectures on Startups for Speakin Masterclass in India > Lecturer

SpeakIn is India's largest network of thought leaders. SpeakIn Masterclass has featured top corporate leaders, policy makers, academicians and investment professionals and features Masterclasses with senior executives from Tata, IBM and Accenture. 

9/22/20 Ascento Capital Publishes: Top 25 Unified Communication M&A Deals > Sector Research Report

Ascento Capital has extensive experience in the Unified Communications sector published a report today on 25 recent Unified Communication M&A transactions with acquirers including Microsoft, Zoom, Verizon, OpenText, 8x8 and LogMeIn.

9/21/20 Ben Boissevain Mentors FinTech Companies at Finance Forward US 2020 > Mentor

Ben Boissevain was honored to mentor FinTech companies at Finance Forward US 2020, a global collaboration among Village Capital, MetLife Foundation, and PayPal. Ben mentored the session: Articulating Your Business Model. This is the second time Ben has been invited to mentor FinTech companies at Finance Forward US.

6/4/20 Ben Boissevain Judges at the 12th Annual International M&A Awards > Judge

Ben Boissevain judged transactions for the 12th Annual International M&A Awards, which will recognize the leading international M&A Transactions, Restructurings, and Financings; products and services used internationally; and firms and professionals who are active internationally.

5/14/20 How to Executive Distressed M&A in the Time of Corona > Article

As a seasoned investment banker having lived through the dot.com crash, the Great Recession and now the time of Corona, I have extensive experience with both distressed and growth tech M&A. Distressed M&A is more challenging than growth M&A, but the outcome can be successful with experienced guidance.

4/27/20 Whitepaper on Demystifying Tech M&A Valuation Published by Ascento Capital and Sharevault > Whitepaper

Ascento Capital and Sharevault published a whitepaper based on a highly successful webinar regarding Tech M&A valuation. Valuation is the most important part of every tech transaction, the key component in determining the net proceeds to shareholders when a transaction closes.

3/11/20 Practical Steps Tech Companies can take Now in this Global Crisis > Article

The global environment is suddenly brutal for tech companies with COVID-19 sweeping through country after country, oil falling from $54 a barrel to $30 per barrel and the Dow falling 2,000 points. But instead of panicking, companies should consider taking practical steps to come out ahead.

1/31/20 Ben Boissevain Participates as Panelist at Technology Capital Forum > Panelist

Ben Boissevain spoke at The Technology Capital Forum, which provides an opportunity to meet capital providers and businesses seeking capital, and to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for technology companies.

11/20/19 Ben Boissevain Mentors FinTech Startups at Finance Forward at PayPal > Mentor

Village Capital in collaboration with MetLife Foundation and PayPal launched "Finance Forward", a global initiative focused on financial health hosted at PayPal. Ben Boissevain was a mentor at Exit Strategy Part II to help teams better understand how to articulate an exit strategy that aligns with their goals.

9/19/19 Ben Boissevain Judges at the 18th Annual M&A Advisor Awards > Judge

Ben Boissevain was honored to judge the 18th Annual M&A Advisor Awards – the benchmark for dealmaking excellence - which recognized the leading M&A Transactions, Restructurings, Deal Financings, Product/ Services, Firms, and Professionals. 

2/8/19 The Information: How the Crypto Boom changed the Mindset of Investors > Quote

"Meanwhile, the drop in valuations has made some cashed-up companies think more about acquisitions", according to Ben Boissevain, an investment banker at Ascento Capital. Kraken, one of the more successful U.S.-based exchanges, said this week it was on the cusp of raising a $100 million “war chest” that it will put largely toward M&A.

12/14/18 200% Growth in Blockchain Sector Financing and M&A Activity > Article

Total Blockchain and Crypto related deals have surged more than 200% at an annualized rate this year (PitchBook). 115 deals involving cryptocurrency or blockchain had been announced, on pace to hit 145 by the end of 2018 and more growth expected in future years.

11/6/18 M&A Advisor Summit: The Future of Finance in Blockchain > Moderator

Ben Boissevain moderated the panel at 2018 M&A ADVISORS SUMMIT on Blockchain in Finance held at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. The panel focused on the practical uses of blockchain technology beyond Bitcoin.

7/18/18 Understanding Working Capital > Article

Parties arrive at a purchase price by multiplying the target company’s revenue or EBITDA. While this is generally true, a buyer will also typically require a minimum amount of “working capital” on the balance sheet when the deal closes.

6/27/18 A Practical Guide to the Intricacies of M&A Valuation of Tech Companies > Article

The theoretical metrics of company valuations are well known. Then how does this theoretical valuation model account for Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion.

4/10/18 Crain's New York: Prepping for the 2018 Tech M&A Cycle > Quote

"A lot of cash is coming back on shore—as much as $1.5 trillion,” notes Ben Boissevain, Managing Director of Ascento Capital, an M&A advisory and consulting firm. “And a portion of that will certainly go into M&A.”

5/9/17 ACG: M&A Landscape - Diving into Four Hot Sectors > Panelist

Ben Boissevain was a panelist discussing M&A in 2017 in four of the hot sectors: environmental services, financial services, retail/consumer and technology.

11/9/16 CoInvent Pulse Festival: Selling your Company: An M&A Primer > Panelist

Ben Boissevain was a panelist at CoInvent Pulse, is a business & technology festival featuring 150 exhibitors and an array of business workshops.  It's estimated to be one of the largest technology gatherings with thousands of attendees.

Fox Business TV Appearance

NY Tech Alliance Panel

Speakin Masterclass in India

MIT Enterprise Forum Panel

CoInvent Pulse Panel

MIT Enterprise Forum Panel