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

Ben Boissevain will judge 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. The Awards will be presented virtually at the 2020 Global Corporate Growth Summit on June 4th in New York, NY. 

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. Yet the actual process of valuation is not well understood. This whitepaper examines properly positioning a company, the influence of the macroeconomic environment, Wall Street valuation metrics and practical tips on valuation.

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 now in operations, financing and M&A in order to generate multiple options for a company 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 as a founder and gives investors a believable indication of how they will get a return on their investment.

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. The 18th Annual M&A Advisor Awards winners will be revealed and celebrated at the Gala Ceremony event held on November 19th in New York.

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. Other established players such as Coinbase have continued to acquire companies even as the slump persists.

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.

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.