Abe is responsible for leading M&A transactions for the fastest growing private companies in America. He holds the position of Managing Director with BG Strategic Advisors. Over the course of his career he has worked in Merrill Lynch’s M&A Technology Group, and Ernst & Young’s Business Valuation Group. He is also a graduate and Board of Governors Emeritus, of the University of Southern California. Given his proximity to the markets, Abe’s opinions have become widely followed both on-air (Bloomberg and Fox Business) and on-line (Yahoo Finance, Forbes, WSJ MarketWatch and SeekingAlpha). He is also a two-time featured speaker at IRCE - the world’s largest e-commerce conference.
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John Slater, a FOCUS Partner and Capital Financing Team Leader, has twenty eight years of M&A and capital raising experience. Prior to that time, he spent nine years as a practicing attorney, focused primarily on financial transactions, securities and tax matters. Mr. Slater has served clients in industries ranging from information technology and software based services, telecom, broadband distribution, digital media, and business services to manufacturing, health care and distribution logistics.
At FOCUS, Mr. Slater heads the firm’s corporate financing efforts as well as managing M&A transactions for clients. Located in Memphis, he represents the firm in the mid-Continent region and is working actively to build FOCUS’ practice in the central U.S. He publishes the Capital Matters blog at www.capmatters.com. The site provides information and tools to assist entrepreneurs and their advisors in accessing sources of financing needed to support renewed business growth as the U. S. begins to emerge from the recession.
Prior to joining FOCUS in 2005, Mr. Slater was Managing Principal of Slater & Company and its predecessor, Asset Services, LP, which he founded in 1985 to provide investment banking services focused on entrepreneurial companies. Over the past thirty years, Mr. Slater has managed more than 200 M&A and capital raising transactions with aggregate values in excess of $3 billion. His experience includes mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, private placement of debt and equity, transition planning for family businesses, business valuations, going private transactions, industrial revenue bond financings and initial public offerings.
John Slater graduated from Princeton University with an AB degree in Economics in 1970 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1973 with a JD degree. In 1982, after nine years of successful law practice with a focus on financial and securities law, Mr. Slater embarked on a new career to provide capital raising and financial advisory services to the entrepreneurial community. He joined the then embryonic corporate finance department at Morgan Keegan & Company and participated in a variety of capital raising projects, including both private placements and public offerings.
After several years, Mr. Slater realized that there was a need for investment banking services among private businesses that were too small to attract larger national investment banking firms . To meet this need, he founded Asset Services in 1985. The firm grew steadily and became a regional leader in its field. In 1995, as President of M&A International, a global network of independent merger and acquisition firms, Mr. Slater championed the use of advanced communications technologies to create a real time, online, worldwide internal information and deal sharing network for the organization during the very early stages of internet adoption. Mr. Slater has maintained a strong interest in information technologies; particularly broadband distribution and web based technologies and services as well as digital media and digital video and he has managed a number of transactions in these fields.
I've been in investment management since 1990, currently as the money manager for Worm Capital. I received my law degree from the University of Oregon in 1984, worked as an accountant for the international accounting firm KPMG, then got involved in investing. I've written over 300 columns for The Financial Times, TheStreet.com, Realmoney.com and SeekingAlpha.com.
I am a market enthusiast and part-time trader. I started writing for Seeking Alpha in 2011, and it has been a tremendous opportunity and learning experience. I have been interested in the markets since elementary school, and hope to pursue a career in the investment management industry. I have been active in the markets for several years, and am primarily focused on long/short equities.
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lehigh University, where I double majored in Finance and Accounting, with a minor in History. My major track focused on Investments and Financial Analysis. While at Lehigh, I was the Head Portfolio Manager of the Investment Management Group, a student group that manages three portfolios, one long/short and two long only. I have had two internships, one a summer internship at a large bank, and another helping to manage the Lehigh University Endowment for nearly a year.
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