• Experience

    Our team is led by former heads of the world’s leading technology investment banking practices and professionals with successful experiences in mergers & acquisitions, corporate development and agented private capital financing services.

  • Insight

    We combine the talents of industry experts with those of seasoned advisory and transaction execution professionals to seamlessly deliver our services through a single, integrated team.

  • Focus

    Senior bankers lead every execution team and dedicate their experience and attention to each individual client and transaction.

  • Access

    Our years of leadership in technology banking provide us with a far-reaching network of senior relationships throughout the technology, venture capital and private equity ecosystems.

  • Entrepreneurship

    We are business creators and builders, too, and our passion to deliver highly differentiated advisory services for our clients fuels our growth and success.

About Union Square Advisors

Union Square Advisors LLC is a leading technology-focused investment bank that offers strategic mergers & acquisitions advice and execution as well as agented private capital financing services. Founded in 2007, with offices in San Francisco and New York, Union Square Advisors works with leading public and private technology companies, private equity and venture capital firms across the technology landscape with a primary focus on Software, Software-Enabled Services, IT Infrastructure and Internet/Digital Media.

The Five
Cornerstones

Union Square Advisors offer senior, deeply experienced industry talent that delivers insight, objectivity, focus and unsurpassed service to our clients. Our Firm is founded on Five Cornerstones.

EXPERIENCE a superior team

Great teams deliver great results. Our team is led by former heads of the world’s leading technology investment banking practices and professionals with successful experiences in mergers & acquisitions, corporate development and agented private capital financing services. We are widely regarded as experts in our fields, having advised clients through numerous technology cycles – not just the latest uptick or downturn.

INSIGHT exceptional wisdom

We provide clear, relevant and timely advice built on deep domain knowledge, keen strategic understanding and critical judgment that are the collective by-product of long-tenured, successful experience. We combine the talents of industry experts with those of seasoned advisory and transaction execution professionals to seamlessly deliver our services through a single, integrated team.

FOCUS unparalleled commitment

We are exclusively and firmly committed to the success of our clients, delivering independent and conflict-free advice of the highest integrity. We focus solely on the advisory component of investment banking, providing strategic mergers & acquisitions advice and execution, agented private capital financing services and board advisory services. Senior bankers lead every execution team and dedicate their experience and attention to each individual client and transaction.

ACCESS extensive relationships

Changing market dynamics require a steady, knowledgeable and committed partner with real industry credibility and access. Our years of leadership in technology banking provide us with a far-reaching network of senior relationships throughout the technology, venture capital and private equity ecosystems. We leverage this network to deliver the best outcomes for our clients.

Entrepreneurshippassion for differentiation

Our senior team members left leadership roles in large investment banks to create a firm that could deliver the best of what those banks can offer, but in an entrepreneurial environment that enhances the quality of these services. We believe our ability to provide optimal transaction outcomes for our clients stems directly from our passion for building a world-class investment bank from the ground up.

 

TRANSACTIONS

We provide insight and quality advisory services to leading technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms.

 

Meet Our Team

Our team of bankers is widely regarded as the deepest and most experienced in technology investment banking.

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    Carter McClelland

    Chairman

    Carter McClelland

    Chairman

    Carter McClelland is the Chairman of, and a Partner at, UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. McClelland most recently served as President of Bank of America New York Market and Chairman of Banc of America Securities. Previously he was President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of Deutsche Bank North America. Mr. McClelland’s Wall Street career spans more than 30 years, including 21 years at Morgan Stanley, where he was Chief Administrative Officer and a member of the firm’s operating committee.

    Mr. McClelland was formerly Chairman of the Board of the United Way of New York City and is a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Commission on Poverty. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.

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    Edward (Ted) R. Smith

    President

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    Edward (Ted) R. Smith

    President

    Ted Smith is a Partner, co-founder and the President of UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Mr. Smith was previously a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he headed the global software investment banking practice in CSFB’s technology banking group. Prior to that he was Vice President and Head of Internet and Services investment banking for the Deutsche Morgan Grenfell technology group, as well as an early member of Morgan Stanley’s technology investment banking group. Mr. Smith also served as a corporate executive at Novell, most recently as Vice President of Business Development. He began his professional career as a researcher working on distributed computing technologies under a grant from the IBM Corporation.

    Mr. Smith received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu. In 2014 Mr. Smith was selected as a member of the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a unique leadership development initiative that draws upon the resources of the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton and George W. Bush. He serves as the Chairman of the Rife Scholarship Fund, and is the past Chairman of the Performing Arts Advisory Council for the University of Notre Dame.

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    Dean Riskas

    Partner

    Private Placements

    Dean Riskas

    Partner

    Dean Riskas is a Partner at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. Riskas was Managing Director and President, North America of TriplePoint Capital, where he leveraged long relationships with top-tier venture capitalists in Silicon Valley to originate and manage a several hundred million dollar portfolio of venture loans and leases. Prior to TriplePoint Capital, Mr. Riskas founded Atherton Vista Capital, where he developed and marketed a tax-oriented, leveraged purchase-leaseback structure to privatize US municipal infrastructure assets. Before Atherton Vista Capital, Mr. Riskas co-founded Trinity Advisors, which provided advisory services to institutional investors in connection with highly structured, domestic and cross-border leveraged lease transactions, project financings and buyouts. Prior to Trinity Advisors, Mr. Riskas was a Partner and SVP at Comdisco Financial Services where he headed the leveraged lease equity placement group. A lifetime resident of the Bay Area, Mr. Riskas serves as the Treasurer of the COPF Foundation, and previously served on the UCLA Foundation Board of Governors, the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. He is a past President of the Menlo Circus Club, member of the Board of Trustees of Menlo School and Elder of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

    Mr. Riskas is a published author of articles on tax-oriented leveraged leasing. He received both his BA in Economics and his MBA in Accounting and Finance degrees from the University of California – Los Angeles.

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    Wayne Kawarabayashi

    Head of M&A

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    Wayne Kawarabayashi

    Head of M&A

    Wayne Kawarabayashi is a Partner and Head of M&A at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. Kawarabayashi was a Managing Director in both the Global Mergers and Acquisitions and Global Technology groups at Barclays and Lehman Brothers (which was acquired by Barclays in 2008) working in both New York and London since 1993. Mr. Kawarabayashi has 19 years of experience executing over $100 billion in mergers and acquisitions and capital raising with an emphasis in software, enterprise IT, financial technology and IT services. Throughout his career, Wayne has worked on a number of significant transactions inside and outside of the technology sector on behalf of both corporate clients and private equity. He has advised on transactions for clients including Automatic Data Processing, Alliance Data Systems, AT&T, Blackstone, Carlyle, Cognos, EMC, General Atlantic, Hellman & Friedman, HP, IBM, KKR, Permira, Siris, SunGard and Vista.

    Mr. Kawarabayashi received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University.

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    Jace Kowalzyk

    Partner

    IT Infrastructure

    Jace Kowalzyk

    Partner

    Jace Kowalzyk is a Partner at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Mr. Kowalzyk has over eleven years of Technology Mergers and Acquisitions advisory experience and has focused much of his career on covering the communication equipment and software industries. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. Kowalzyk was a Director in the Technology M&A group at ThinkEquity Partners. Prior to ThinkEquity, Mr. Kowalzyk was Vice President in the Technology Investment Banking group at Piper Jaffray & Co., a firm he joined in 2000. Mr. Kowalzyk has extensive transaction experience including buy-side, sell-side, fairness opinions, cross-border, hostile and defense advisory assignments. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kowalzyk worked in the ventures group at Koch Industries and in the corporate finance group at Sprint. Over the course of his investment banking career Mr. Kowalzyk has worked with several leading technology companies, including ADC Telecom, Sun Microsystems, WPP Group, Interwoven, WebEx, Polycom, US Robotics, Andrew Wireless, Inter-Tel and National Semiconductor among others.

    Mr. Kowalzyk received a B.S. in Finance from Kansas State University.

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    Yogesh Amle, CFA®

    Managing Director

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    Yogesh Amle, CFA®

    Managing Director

    Yogesh Amle is a Managing Director at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Yogesh was a Director in Technology Investment Banking at Citi & Barclays from 2010 to 2013 and a Vice President with JPMorgan in TMT Investment Banking and Office of the CIO, having joined JPMorgan as a Summer Associate in 2005. Prior to JPMorgan, Yogesh spent several years as a technology entrepreneur during the .com era at a successful venture capital backed start-up and was responsible for new ventures, corporate development and product management. He started his career as a strategy consultant working for the largest conglomerate in India.

    Yogesh received his Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Masters of Engineering by Research from The National University of Singapore (NUS) and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is also a CFA Charterholder. He has lived (and worked) in over 25 countries across 3 continents which gives him a unique perspectives into people, culture, values, and how technology affects us all.

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    Phillip Kim

    Director

    Mergers & Acquisitions

    Phillip Kim

    Director

    Phillip Kim is a Director at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. Kim worked as an Associate in the M&A Group at Greenhill & Co., as an Analyst and then an Associate in the Asia Technology and Korea Coverage Groups at Lehman Brothers, and as an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown. Mr. Kim has six years of investment banking experience and has advised clients such as ASML Holding N.V., Ceridian, SLM Corp., Paladin, and the Korea Asset Management Corporation.

    Mr. Kim received his B.S. in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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    Dennis Arcilla

    Director

    Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

    Dennis Arcilla

    Director

    Dennis Arcilla is a Director – Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Mr. Arcilla brings more than 15 years of experience in compliance operations, and finance experience to Union Square Advisors. He oversees and runs the day to day strategic operational functions of the firm: finance and accounting, operations, human resources, and facilities. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. Arcilla was Founder and Managing Partner with Saddlebrook Partners LLC, a boutique securities compliance consulting firm. Prior to Saddlebrook Partners, Mr. Arcilla was Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer of Merriman Curhan Ford & Co., an investment banking boutique with oversight of the firm’s compliance related activities. Formerly, Mr. Arcilla was Director of Compliance with Hoefer & Arnett, Inc., an institutional sales firm where he oversaw the firm’s compliance programs. Earlier Mr. Arcilla began his career as a Senior Compliance Examiner with FINRA in Philadelphia and San Francisco, where he lead, reviewed, and reported member compliance through onsite examinations of member firms.

    Mr. Arcilla graduated from Rutgers University, earning a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Dennis enjoys golf and is an avid traveler. He is a native of Washington Township, New Jersey.

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    Nate Hennings

    Vice President

    IT Infrastructure, Software, Internet/Digital Media

    Nate Hennings

    Vice President

    Nate Hennings is a Vice President at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Mr. Hennings has ten years of investment banking, private equity, and startup experience in the Software and Internet sectors. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Nate worked in the Investment Banking Division at ThinkEquity LLC, where he executed a range of M&A and equity transactions for clients in the Internet, software, mobile, and gaming sectors. Previously, Nate was the Co-Founder of NationalBLS, the first national online listing service for home buyers. Prior to NationalBLS, Nate was an Associate at Lehman Brothers Venture Partners and Gabriel Venture Partners, where he invested in Internet, mobile, and communications startups. Nate began his career at Seven Hills Partners, an investment banking advisory boutique in San Francisco, CA.

    Nate received a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and a Minor in Economics from Stanford University.

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    William Andereck

    Associate

    William Andereck

    Associate

    William Andereck is an Associate at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. Andereck interned at Franklin Templeton Investments, Morgan Stanley and Union Square Advisors.

    Mr. Andereck graduated with a B.A. in Economics and History from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the University club soccer team. He is a native of San Francisco, California, and has a working knowledge of Spanish. Mr. Andereck serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Zoological Society.

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    Joe Chung

    Associate

    Joe Chung

    Associate

    Joe Chung is an Associate at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. Chung worked in the Investment Banking Division at Macquarie Group, where he executed principal investments and a range of debt and equity capital raises for clients in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Previously, Joe was a Senior Audit Manager at KPMG – Silicon Valley, where he managed multiple audit engagements of publicly traded and venture backed clients in the technology industry.

    Joe holds an MBA with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business and received a B.A. in Economics and a Minor in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley. He is also a CPA license holder in the state of California.

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    Flora Hsu

    Analyst

    Flora Hsu

    Analyst

    Flora Hsu is an Analyst at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Ms. Hsu worked as an Associate in the Emerging Markets research group at Nomura Securities International in New York, where she covered Latin American sovereign credit. Ms. Hsu previously covered industrials credit research at Nomura and also interned at Tudor Investment Corporation and UTC-Hamilton Sundstrand.

    Ms. Hsu graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a minor in Classical Studies. She is proficient in Mandarin and Spanish, and is from Connecticut.

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    Jeff Truong

    Analyst

    Jeff Truong

    Analyst

    Jeff Truong is an Analyst at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. Truong was a summer analyst in the Corporate Finance group at PwC.

    Mr. Truong graduated from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business with Distinction. He is a native of Toronto, Canada.

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    Matt Peterson

    Analyst

    Matt Peterson

    Analyst

    Matthew Peterson is an Analyst at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. Peterson was an associate at Ernst & Young in the Diversified Staff Group where he worked with large partnership and fund transactions from a tax planning and compliance standpoint. Previously, he was a member of the accounting and finance team at Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR) when it was in its start-up phase.

    Mr. Peterson graduated from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management with a MAcc -Tax and a B.S. in Accounting. He is also a CPA license holder in the state of Utah.

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    Riley Kinser

    Analyst

    Riley Kinser

    Analyst

    Riley Kinser is an Analyst at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. Kinser interned at the Oregon State Treasury, PIMCO and Union Square Advisors.

    Mr. Kinser graduated from Oregon State University with both an H.B.S. in Finance with Actuarial Science minor and an H.B.S. in Accountancy with summa cum laude distinction. Mr. Kinser passed Level I of the CFA examination in 2014. He is a native of Albany, Oregon.

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    Christopher Morehouse

    Analyst

    Christopher Morehouse

    Analyst

    Chris Morehouse is an Analyst at UNION SQUARE ADVISORS. Prior to joining Union Square Advisors, Mr. Morehouse was an Analyst at Financial Technology Partners in San Francisco, where he advised clients on mergers and acquisitions and private capital raises. Previously, Mr. Morehouse was an intern at Citigroup in their New York and London offices.

    Mr. Morehouse graduated with a BSBA in Finance and Accounting from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a native of Windsor, California.

 

OUR SERVICES

We partner with clients to address their strategic priorities, providing strategic mergers & acquisitions advice and execution, agented private capital financing services and board advisory services. We leverage decades of experience to navigate through complexity and deliver optimal outcomes.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    We provide clear, relevant and timely advice that is uniquely built on deep domain knowledge, keen strategic understanding and critical judgment that can only come from extensive experience. Unlike most investment banks and boutiques, UNION SQUARE ADVISORS is not involved in trading, research, or lending, each of which can create conflicts when advising clients. Our team is led by former heads of the world’s best technology practices, professionals widely regarded as experts in their sectors. We provide a comprehensive range of advisory services for public and private companies, including:

    • Strategic positioning evaluation
    • Buy-side and sell-side M&A
    • Activist and hostile defense
    • Fairness opinions
    • Reorganization proceedings and restructuring
  • Capital Raising

    With the deep domain knowledge and transaction expertise we have built in our coverage sectors, Union Square Advisors provides sound advisory services to corporate clients looking to raise private capital. For later-stage private companies seeking growth capital and/or partial liquidity for founders and early investors while remaining private, we work to optimally position our clients and match them with the investors best suited to help them further build their businesses. Our network of available financing sources includes a broad range of both domestic and international investors that focus on providing capital to technology companies – traditional venture capitalists, growth equity firms, private equity/buyout firms, mutual funds and hedge funds, as well as strategic investors looking to build closer partnerships with leading tech companies.

  • Board Advisory

    As transactions in the technology sector have become increasingly complex and more likely to provoke tremendous investor scrutiny, companies considering their strategic alternatives must adhere to the highest fiduciary standards by following thorough, well-documented processes. Union Square Advisors is well suited to help Boards of Directors and Special Committees to navigate these challenging waters on issues relating to investor engagement, activist and hostile defense, shareholder value, corporate performance and financial fairness. We analyze the value and structure of the potential transaction, form and timing of consideration, expectations of investors and other observers, historical and projected performance of the companies involved, current trading multiples of relevant comparable companies, metrics from similar transactions, and other financial and operational data, all to ensure that our clients make critical strategic decisions that are in the best interests of their shareholders.

 
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Community Support

Union Square Advisors is honored to partner with leading charitable organizations in active support of our communities. The firm believes in corporate responsibility and community investment which is a vital part of who we are. We invite you to learn more about these organizations by clicking on the logos provided.

GET IN TOUCH

We work with a wide range of domestic and international clients, both companies and investors. We serve the clients from our two primary offices in San Francisco and New York

SAN FRANCISCO offices

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