The world of investment banking can be a tough and perilous one. Companies start up and fail all the time, crushed by the big fish in the pond before they can even get started. Rules and regulations can change constantly, leading to increased overhead costs without warning leading to stunted growth and unhappy employees. Customers and clients look for a track record of experience and success, which makes getting started even tougher. That’s what makes Madison Street Capital so impressive. Recently, the Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory Firm announced that Madison Street Capital was a finalist at the 15th annual Mergers and Acquisition Awards.
Madison Street Capital could earn the award for merger and acquisition of the year for purchasing Acuna and Associates. This deal was extremely challenging to pull off because the deal was across country borders. This means there are increased rules and regulations along with a large number of legal fees and taxes to deal with. International deals are almost never profitable unless one side is getting a very negative result. This deal not only was pulled off with aplomb, but also yielded a very large benefit for both parties involved. Therefore, this deal is worthy of being recognized by the awards committee.
Furthermore, Madison Street Capital is up for the boutique firm of the year. Boutique is a certain size of investment banking firm. Therefore, this award recognizes the success that smaller firms have had and helps to catapult them into the spotlight, garnering them an increased amount of interest and traction. Without a doubt, the deal pulled by in acquiring Acuna and Associates is one of the major reasons they are up for this award. More information can be found on the awards on Benzinga.com.
Madison Street Capital is an investment advisory firm that helps to oversee many different mergers and acquisitions every year. They are committed to helping customers and clients achieve success and grow their businesses to new and unforeseen heights. Using the highest integrity and a unique combination of young ideas from those fresh out of school with the veteran experience and savvy leadership at the top, Madison Street Capital has worked hard to establish an unparalleled track record of successful deals. As they have grown, Madison Street Capital has become a leader in the global economy and world of finance and serves as a perfect example of what an investment advisory firm should be. As they take on new clients every day, Madison Street Capital makes sure that their goals line up with the customer’s goals to make sure they act in the best interest of the customer when mediating their deals. By focusing on emerging markets, Madison Street Capital is always at the forefront of the financial world.
Kieth Mann has a lot of experience in different areas, and he is currently the director and co-founder of Dynamics Search Partners in New York. He is capable of working with hedge fudges, employee strategy, and he is a highly successful entrepreneur. Before taking up his position and establishing Dynamics Search Partners, Keith was a manager for Dynamics Executive Search. He ended up starting Alternative Investment Practices with them in 2002, which led to his current company. As a leading executive searching company, they take care of hiring and staffing issues for alternative investment firms.
Not only is Keith Mann a successful entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer for Dynamics Search Partners, but he is also an avid philanthropist, always wanting to help out others. He held a fundraising event and started a partnership with Uncommon Schools, while managing to raise more than $22,000 dollars to help give students scholarships in order to attend college. Before even starting the fundraiser, Keith’s company had already generously donated $10,000 dollars to Uncommon Schools to help in their endeavors. He was even willing to get involved during the anti-police protests in New York by making lunches for the officers staying on duty.
To top it all off, Keith Mann and his wife also opened up their scholarship program for professional achievements, which was designed to recognize those with the talent to be leaders for the coming generation. Applicants for the program need to write out an essay containing at least 1,000 words detailing how a scholarship and degree will help them achieve their career goals.
Keith’s company, Dynamics Search Partners is current filling upwards of 200 different client orders each year, making them one of the biggest hedge fund staffers in the industry. The company currently works out of the United States, Asia, and Europe, offering talent to investments firms from all over. Keith Mann is a key figure and driver for the company, taking the company to even greater levels as time goes on.
When your company is the one with the $1 Billion in valuation, it’s hard not to feel successful. But the powerful CEO and founder of the company is named Don Ressler and he is quite humble and nice about his success. He realized that his time around him invested a lot of time and energy and that it was the result of years of hard work and practice, not just an overnight success.
Still, Ressler has quite the impressive resume. Ressler didn’t just start JustFab, which boasts over two rounds and $77 million of funding from Matrix Partners, a venture capital firm, but he also had a number of other businesses. In fact, it was these other earlier businesses which put him in the position of being able to go out and hunt down the investments he needed. Now, Ressler sits atop a company that has Kimora Lee Simmons as the creative director and President. That is a fashion mogul that is not a bad person to have running your operations.
And with Fabletics, one of the newest additions to the brand that Ressler has created (called Intelligent Beauty, which owns the other brands under that umbrella), Kate Hudson is leading the way. You may have seen her face and voice on commercials everywhere as they ramp up for more sales. They even recently bought out a competitor called ShoeDazzle.
The plan is really to cover up most of the fashion and beauty markets, it appears. And they are doing that successfully. They have acquired a number of other companies in the space for multiple millions of dollars, such as e-commerce fashion retail companies from Europe and more. And they also have a direct to consumer fashion line for cosmetics and skin care products called DERMASTORE. Along with that, there is SENSA which focuses on weight loss solutions, a market that is never going away.
With the combination of all these products, it appears that the company is very profitable. However, the firm has not released their official financial statements to the public. Don Ressler started out by building his own company from scratch, teaming with a friend, and selling before moving on to his current empire. While his markets may have been different, one thing certainly seems to stay the same. Don Ressler knows how to find markets, create products, and get them in the hands of consumers everywhere.
To Thor Halvorssen, the most important thing he can do is to use his time, money, and talent to fight for the human rights of people who are otherwise oppressed and have a difficult time fighting back. That’s why the 39 year old half- Venezulan half-Norwegian founded the New York based Human Rights Foundation in 2005. Since then he has worked tirelessly fighting for the end of dictatorships and other violators of human rights.
According to the Weekly Standard, Halvorssen is known for burning the candle on both ends, so to speak. Not only is he the leader and founder of this dedicated organizaion, but he also works as a fimmaker, creating documentaries that help to illustrate the lives and struggles that people around the world face.
Halvorssen is not your average do-gooder with a lot of money and time. Instead, he is a man on a mission. He knows first hand what it is like to live under an oppressive regime. He was born and raised in Caracass, Venezula, and experienced numerous hardships during his childhood. When he was young his father was arrested for his political beliefs and his mother was shot by police during an otherwise peaceful demonstration protesting his father’s arrest.
These experiences fuel Halvorssen, which is why he works so hard. One of his current missions involves fighting against the North Korean goverment, and his efforts have earned him the nickname “Troublemaker for Tyrants”. He helps to smuggle information out of North Korea by providing dissenters with special flashdrives and a wiki page where they can share their stories and experiences.
Halvorssen and his organization believe that the best way to stop dictatorships is by sharing the stories of the people who are living under them. By getting the word out and exposing these human rights violations, the hope is that organizations with more authority, such as governments and the UN will use their resources to end these human rights violations. In the meantime, Thor Halvorssen and his organizaion will continue to work hard and spread awareness of their cause until everyone’s human rights are respected.