SOURCE: Marlin & Associates

Marlin & Associates

November 18, 2009 06:00 ET

Marlin & Associates Adds Former Chairman and CEO of Saxo Bank Asia, as a Senior Advisor

Kevin Ashby, Industry Veteran, Will Be Based in London

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 18, 2009) - Marlin & Associates New York LLC ("M&A"), the boutique investment banking firm specializing in acquisitions and divestitures of U.S. and international middle-market technology, information and business services firms, today announced that Kevin Ashby has joined the firm's investment banking advisory team as a Senior Advisor. He will be based in London, England.

Mr. Ashby is a former partner at global accounting firm KPMG; an entrepreneur who formed and led WISe E-Commerce (successfully sold in 2001); was CEO of Patsystems Plc; Chairman of Anvil Software Ltd (London), (successfully sold in 2006); and most recently Chairman and CEO of Saxo Bank's Asia Pacific capital markets business (Singapore).

"We're very pleased to have a professional as seasoned as Kevin Ashby join our team," said Kenneth Marlin, Founder and Managing Partner of Marlin & Associates.

Michael Maxworthy, Partner at M&A added: "Kevin Ashby is a global industry leader. He reinforces our philosophy of offering our clients access to advisors that have in-depth expertise in transaction management, strategic consulting; and operating management, all focused on the global information technology industry."

Mr. Ashby brings M&A over 30 years of international professional experience, extensive hands-on corporate restructuring and turnaround experience, and strategic consultancy expertise in the technology industry.

About Marlin & Associates

Founded in 2002, Marlin & Associates New York LLC ("M&A") is a boutique investment banking and strategic consulting firm focused on providing transaction-related services to U.S. and international middle-market firms engaged in technology, information, online media and business services. The firm is based in New York City, with offices in Washington, DC and Toronto, Canada and has been the recipient of numerous awards. M&A's professionals have advised on over 200 successfully completed transactions in the technology and information services sector, recently including:

-- NYSE Euronext of New York (NYSE: NYX), which Marlin & Associates advised
   in the sale of its Hugin Group subsidiary to Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI).
-- Vhayu Technologies of Los Gatos, California (principally backed by Menlo
   Ventures), which M&A advised on its sale to Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI).
-- Standard & Poor's of New York, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies
   (NYSE: MHP), which M&A advised in the sale of its Vista Research
   subsidiary to Guidepoint Global.
-- Tenfore of London, England, which M&A advised on its sale to
   Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN).
-- LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Group (LSE: REL), which M&A
   advised in the sale of its Mealey's Conferences subsidiary to Business
   Valuation Resources.
-- InfoDyne Corporation of Park Ridge, Illinois, which M&A advised on its
   sale to International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM).
-- LowerFees, Inc. of Westlake Village, California, which M&A advised on
   its sale to Bankrate, Inc. (NASDAQ: RATE).
-- Netik LLC of London, England and New York, which M&A advised on its
   simultaneous acquisition of Capco Reference Data Services and
   replacement of its primary investor, The Bank of New York Mellon Corp,
   with Symphony Technology Group.
-- Hemscott of London, England, a division of Ipreo Holdings LLC of New
   York (principally backed by Private Equity firm Veronis Suhler
   Stevenson), which M&A advised on its sale of Hemscott to Morningstar,
   Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN).
-- StarMine Corporation of San Francisco (principally backed by Hummer
   Winblad Venture Partners), which M&A advised on its sale to Reuters (now
   Thomson Reuters) (NYSE: TRI).
-- Applied Financial Technology (AFT) of San Francisco, which M&A advised
   on its sale to Lender Processing Services (NYSE: LPS), formerly a
   division of Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE: FIS).
-- Ventyx, Inc, an affiliate of Vista Equity Partners of San Francisco,
   which M&A advised in its acquisition of Global Energy Decisions of
   Boulder, Colorado.
-- Xcitek LLC's Market Data Division of New York, which M&A advised on its
   sale to Interactive Data Corporation (NYSE: IDC).
-- Brainpower N.V. of Lugano, Switzerland (Deutsche Börse Prime Standard -
   "BPW"), which M&A advised on its sale to Bloomberg L.P.
-- Cameron Systems (Vic) of Sydney, Australia, which M&A advised on its
   sale to Orc Software of Stockholm, Sweden (STKM: ORC).
-- Derivative Solutions of Chicago, which M&A advised on its sale to
   FactSet Research Systems (NYSE: FDS).
-- Beauchamp Financial Technology Ltd. of London, England (backed by Soros
   Funds and Goldman Sachs), which M&A advised on its sale to Linedata
   Services of Paris, France (PARIS: LIN).

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