SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Financial Technology Partners ("FT Partners"), the leading FinTech investment bank, is proud to report that its Founder and CEO, Steve McLaughlin, has been ranked #4 overall in Institutional Investor's inaugural "FinTech Finance 35" ranking of key leaders and influencers across the FinTech ecosystem. Recognized as "Dealmaker of the Year" three times in recent years, Steve was among the first to recognize FinTech's disruptive nature, having founded FT Partners in 2001 at age 32 with the goal of providing truly world-class investment banking advisory services to firms at the intersection of finance and technology.
Steve tops out the list with other key influencers and leaders in FinTech including, the legendary James Robinson III, who served as Chairman and CEO of American Express from 1977 to 1993 and founded and runs RRE Ventures along with his son James Robinson IV with whom he shares the top stop on the ranking. Also atop the list are Matt Harris (#3), Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures, Jonathan Korngold (#5), Managing Director at General Atlantic and Marc Andreessen (#12), General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz.
As the firm enters its 15th year of continuous growth, FT Partners has emerged as the leader in raising capital and advising CEOs on critical M&A transactions in the FinTech space. Awarded "Investment Bank of the Year" three times since 2004, FT Partners has advised on some of the most groundbreaking and landmark transactions in the sector. FT Partners highlighted / landmark transactions across all sectors of FinTech include:
- Mercury Payment Systems' $900 million sale to Silver Lake and $1.65 billion sale to Vantiv
- AmWINS' $1.3 billion sale to New Mountain Capital
- TransFirst's $600 million recap and $1.5 billion sale to Vista Equity
- Google Capital's lead investment in Credit Karma's $85 million round
- GreenSky's $300 million financing led by TPG, DST, Wellington and Iconiq
- ATD's $700 million sale to Citi
- Kabbage's $135 million financing led by Reverence Capital
- BlackRock's strategic acquisition of FutureAdvisor
- AvidXchange $225 million financing led by Bain Capital Ventures
- Chrome River's $100 million financing led by Great Hill Partners
- Liquidnet's $250 million capital raise
- Currencies Direct's $310 million sale to Palamon and Corsair
- OzForex's $500mm sale and subsequent IPO
- BillGuard's sale to Prosper
- TheMarkets.com's $300 million sale to CapitalIQ / S&P
- And many many more
Mr. McLaughlin has personally advised on hundreds of highly successful FinTech transactions over the years and no other investment banker has a more consistent track record for successfully completing deals across the wide array of FinTech that includes Payments, Banking Tech, Alternative Lending, Insurance Tech, Healthcare Tech, Financial Management Solutions and Financial BPO.
"We realized early on that it takes specialized focus and deep industry insights to position FinTech in a way that helps buyers and investors properly understand the unique growth profile and synergies that exist in the sector," said Steve McLaughlin. "Our intense focus on details, our unique level of patience, our ability to create a tailored process and find the ideal partner for each client situation has enabled FT Partners to deliver on our core mission to maximize shareholder value over the long-term." Having earned a reputation for delivering record setting results for his clients, Steve has demonstrated that his unique focus and insight into the FinTech marketplace provide a competitive advantage unmatched in the sector.
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About FT Partners
FT Partners is the only investment banking firm focused exclusively on providing strategic and financial advisory services to clients and CEOs in the dynamic global FinTech sector. The firm offers strategic advisory services in mission-critical transactions including mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, LBOs, refinancings, recapitalizations and private capital raises. FT Partners' Managing Partner, Steve McLaughlin, formerly was a senior investment banker in Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s FinTech Group and was the senior investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group in San Francisco before leaving the firm to form FT Partners in late 2001. San Francisco-based FT Partners has the largest and most senior group of dedicated bankers focused on FinTech. Any securities related transactions contemplated by or acted upon hereunder are conducted by FTP Securities LLC, a FINRA broker-dealer and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Financial Technology Partners LP. For additional information, please visit www.ftpartners.com.
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