SOURCE: Marlin & Associates

Marlin & Associates

November 09, 2009 06:00 ET

Marlin & Associates Adds Senior Technology Banker, Afsaneh Naimollah, to Lead Its Technology Investment Banking Practice

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 9, 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, announced today that Afsaneh Naimollah has joined the firm's investment banking advisory team as a Partner, based in New York City.

For over twenty years, Ms. Naimollah has advised a wide range of multinational and middle-market technology-based clients. For ten of those years, Ms. Naimollah was Global Head of the Technology Group at Barclays Capital, where her team was represented in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Taipei. Her clients have included companies in the broad based software, peripherals, distribution, electronics, satellites, hardware and medical technology industries. She will lead M&A's activities in these areas.

"Afsaneh comes to M&A with an impressive background," commented Ken Marlin, Founder and Managing Partner of Marlin & Associates. "Her focus on helping innovative technology businesses will complement our existing software and Internet practice adding momentum to a franchise that has enjoyed much success. We are pleased that she has joined us."

Ms. Naimollah has advised a range of multinational and middle-market companies, including: Planar System in the corporate carve-out of its medical imaging operations; National Display on its sale to Riverside Partners; Gartner on the sale of its Tech Republic subsidiary to CNet; Clayton, Dubilier & Rice on its acquisitions of Lexmark and WESCO; and National Education Corporation on its sale to Harcourt. She has also executed multiple capital markets and advisory transactions with Motorola, Dell, Intel, Logica, Atos, Cap Gemini, and General Electric.

Prior to Marlin & Associates, Ms. Naimollah was the Founder and Managing Partner of Chela Capital Partners, a merger and acquisition advisory firm focused on the healthcare and technology industries. She is a current Board Member of ON2 Technologies (NYSE Amex: ONT), which is in the process of being acquired by Google.

Ms. Naimollah received her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in International Finance. She has also attended the Financial Executive Program at Northwestern University. She lives in New York City, where she is active in a number of not-for-profit initiatives to advance causes of women and children.

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,
--  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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