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Managing DirectorPhone: 415.449.2502
Bill founded Presidio’s Software, Internet and Technology banking practice in 2003 and has more than 25 years of investment banking experience. Bill has worked on more than 150 transactions and has been the lead advisor on 70 sell-side M&A deals, recapitalizations, and growth capital raises generating over $7 billion in transaction proceeds for clients.
Bill has been a trusted advisor and tenacious advocate for companies in industries ranging from food and manufacturing to communications and software and from entrepreneur led and family owned businesses to multi-national corporations. Since focusing on software, technology and the internet in the late 1990’s, Bill has led transactions for numerous business with a focus on high growth, high margin software, internet, technology, and SaaS companies. Notable recent transactions include: the sale of Vin Solutions to AutoTrader.com, the sale of ReverseRisk to Reynolds & Reynolds, the sale of BZ Results to ADP, the sale of ClickMotive to Dealertrack, the sale of TitleTec to Solera, the divestiture of NetworkCar to Apollo Global & Hughes Telematics, the recapitalization of Lifeline Screening by Polaris Partners, the recapitalization of KPA by CIVC Partners, the recapitalization of Astonish by Serent Capital, and the recapitalization of AutoAlert by HGGC.
Prior to Presidio, Bill worked in New York, Chicago, Paris & San Francisco for investment banks including Bank of America, Robertson Stephens, Montgomery Securities, and First Chicago JP Morgan. Bill received a B.A. from the University of Colorado and his MBA from the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago. Bill has served on the boards of several non profit organizations and is currently a director of Deringer-Ney. In his free time, Bill focuses on his three growing kids and is an avid skier, board sailor, golfer, and tennis player.
Katie joined Presidio in 2010. Katie has ten years of investment banking and equity research experience. At Presidio, Katie focuses on M&A and capital raising advisory services to high-growth, privately-held Internet and SaaS companies. Katie has participated in more than $600 million M&A, capital raising and financial advisory transactions across multiple high profile deals including VinSolutions sale to Autotrader.com, ClickMotive’s sale to DealerTrack, AutoAlert’s recapitalization led by HGGC, KPA’s sale to CIVC Partners and ReverseRisk’s sale to Reynolds & Reynolds. Prior to joining Presidio, Katie was an equity research associate at CanaccordGenuity covering medium and large cap companies in the data center infrastructure sector with an emphasis on communications equipment and data storage companies. Katie started her career as an equity research associate at Thomas Weisel Partners on the consumer hardlines team with an emphasis on the automotive retailing and auction industries. Katie holds FINRA Series 7, 63, 86, and 87 licenses. She earned her B.S. degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School in 2006.
Presidio is supported by an Advisory Board of seasoned professionals with deep experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Finance, & technology and internet companies.
These advisors are a valuable resource to the Presidio Technology Partners team.
Mr. Student has been leading technology investment banker for nearly three decades. His experience includes roles at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Wasserstein Perella, Presidio, and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. As a Managing Director with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein/Wasserstein Perella, James was Co-Head of Americas Corporate Finance, Co-Head of the Global Telecommunications, Media and Technology Group and Head of the Global Technology Group. Previously, Mr. Student was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs in New York, London, San Francisco, and Menlo Park. With over twenty-five years of investment banking experience, Mr. Student has worked on many notable transactions, including Thomson/Hughes, Harmonic/Entone, TPG/Isola, LSI Logic/C-Cube, LSI Logic/Symbios, Genesis Microchip/Pixelworks, Genesis Microchip/Sage, Alcatel/IBM’s CallPathDivision, Micron/Texas Instruments’ DRAM assets, Micron $500 million convertible note, Micron Freescale IPO (Motorola), NAVTEQ IPO (Phillips), Spansion IPO (AMD), Silicon Graphics/MIPS recapitalization and MIPS $230 million secondary offering, Octel/Lucent, Synoptics/Wellfleet, Vista Equity (SER Systems)/Gores, RootsWeb.com/MyFamily.com, Lockheed/Martin Marietta, Portland General/Enron, Mattel/Fisher-Price, Primerica/Smith Barney, Eldec/Crane Aerospace, Magma Power/California Energy, UNIX/Novell, Transamerica-Occidental/Aegon and Xircom/Intel.
Mr. Student graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and received an M.B.A. with Academic Honors from Harvard Business School.
Alan Haig is the founder of Haig Partners. Haig Partners provides trusted advice and services to buyers and sellers of higher value auto dealerships and dealership groups. For six years prior to founding Haig Partners, Alan led the auto retail practice at The Presidio Group where he closed numerous transactions, including two that achieved record high levels of goodwill for the franchises involved. Before that, Alan was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at AutoNation, Inc., the world’s largest auto retailer. He was responsible for all dealership acquisitions and divestitures at AutoNation and served on its Executive Committee that oversaw operations, real estate and strategic initiatives. Alan was also at AutoNation in its earliest days and wrote the original business plan for the new car division and led dealership acquisitions. Through these positions, Alan has been involved in the purchase or sale of more than 180 dealerships with a value of over $2.5 billion, excluding inventories. Prior to AutoNation, he served in the Corporate Development Department of Blockbuster Entertainment. Alan began his career in investment banking as an analyst and associate for Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York City. He has closed transactions with a value over $5.8 billion during his career.
Through his experience, Alan has become known as an expert in the auto retail industry. For seven years he has been the primary author of a report, now The Haig Report, that tracks industry trends and how they impact buy-sell activity and dealership values. In addition, Alan is a frequent speaker at industry events and he is regularly quoted by media outlets such as Automotive News.
Alan has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA from Dartmouth College. He lives in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with his wife and four children.
Rodney Clark is Managing Director & Founder of Aspect Consumer Partners and has over 25 years of experience in investment banking, with a strong focus on strategic advisory, mergers & acquisitions and capital raising in the consumer industry.
Rodney’s transaction experience includes a wide variety of strategic and financial advisory assignments including, buy- and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private debt and equity placements. To date, he has been involved in over $65 billion in M&A and financing transactions in consumer and other industries, including branded consumer products, nutrition, ingredients, food, retail, apparel, footwear, beauty and cosmetics, household and personal care, lodging, business services, distribution and education. He has also completed a number of significant transactions in the technology sector.
Prior to founding Aspect Consumer Partners, Rodney spent over 20 years on Wall Street at firms such as Canaccord Genuity Inc. (TSX: CF), where he served as Head of Consumer & Retail and Healthy Living, The Presidio Group, where he served as Managing Director and Head of Consumer, Food & Retail, Piper Jaffray (NYSE: PJC), where he served as Managing Director in Consumer M&A and Head of Consumer Products, Lehman Brothers, where he was a
Senior Vice President in Mergers & Acquisitions, as well as Thomas Weisel Partners LLC and Montgomery Securities.
Rodney received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington and received his MBA, with Honors distinction, from Columbia Business School. He currently serves as a Director for Mammography Reporting Systems, Inc.