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Founded

2010 in San Francisco

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122 transactions

completed since 2010

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45 cross-border transactions

completed since 2010

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All deal sizes:

$20 million to greater than $1 billion

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Every type of deal completed:

private company sell-side, take-private, public to public, carveout, buy-side

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More senior bankers (23)

than any investment bank covering software companies

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Deep expertise selling companies to strategic buyers:

Microsoft, Oracle, GE, Dell, PayPal…

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Ability to position companies

for great outcomes

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One office

in San Francisco, global coverage

INDUSTRY FOCUS

We bring a deep understanding of the industries that we cover, and extensive relationships in those industries, to every engagement. Our clients are leaders in software, including technology enabled services and communications technology.

SENIOR-LEVEL ATTENTION

Our Managing Directors are transaction execution specialists. Each project receives hands-on, senior-level attention through the entire process. This results in flawless deal execution and optimal value for our clients.

INDEPENDENT ADVICE

All of our Managing Directors have had extensive experience as senior technology bankers, senior research analysts, and public- and private-equity investors. We have come together at Atlas because we are passionate about delivering independent advice to enable our clients to maximize their shareholder value.

STEVE BACHMANN

Steve Bachmann is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Steve has over 25 years of experience as a technology M&A banker/VC investor working with software-driven companies. Prior to Atlas, Steve was a Managing Director at Tech Venture Advisors focused on cross-border software M&A, an e-commerce entrepreneur as CEO/founder of Vinfolio, and a Managing Director at Broadview where he spent 17 years (7 of which in London) in M&A and co-managing Broadview Capital Partners, a $250m late-stage VC fund. He started his career at Bain & Co. Steve earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BSE, magna cum laude, in Computer Science from Princeton University.

PETER BENEDICT

Peter Benedict is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group, LLC. Peter has worked in the technology and software industry for over 20 years as an Investment Banker, Strategist, and Corporate Executive and brings deep technical, operational and M&A experience in the networking, analytics, telecoms, IoT, and ecommerce software sectors. Prior to joining Atlas, Peter was a Co-founder and Managing Partner at Bois Capital, a tech-focused boutique M&A firm. Previously Peter served as the General Manager of Alcatel-Lucent’s business unit for IoT and Network and Customer Analytics (now Nokia Networks), was an executive at Bell Labs and Bell Labs Ventures, was the head of Investor Relations and product marketing for RADVISION, and was SVP and head of Products at Ardent Communications, a service provider with significant investment from KKR.

JOHN BREW

John Brew is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. John has 25+ years of investment banking experience, with a focus on technology. His previous experience includes Head of Technology Investment Banking for RBC Capital Markets, and prior to running the Technology Group, he was head of Technology M&A. Before joining RBC, John worked in M&A for Robertson Stephens. He is a graduate of Stanford University, and holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

BRET CARROLL

Bret Carroll is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Bret has over 15 years of experience in technology investment banking. Prior to Atlas, Bret led Technology Merchant Banking (investment banking and private equity investing) at Opus Bank. Bret spent the bulk of his career from Associate to SVP at Lehman Brothers/Nomura in Technology Investment Banking. Prior to this, Bret was an Institutional Investor-ranked Technology Equity Research Analyst at Lehman. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from the University of Colorado.

RANJINI CHANDIRAKANTHAN

Ranjini Chandirakanthan is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Ranjini has 20 years of technology experience including 7 years in investment banking in San Francisco, Miami, and Austin. Her prior investment banking experience was at Cassel Salpeter, Lehman Brothers, and ThinkEquity. Ranjini was also a technology CFO, strategy, and corporate development professional for founder-owned, VC-backed, and public companies. Her industry experience includes: Dell, Sun, Neoteris, and SonicWALL. Ranjini has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS from Miami University, OH. She resides in Austin, TX.

NEIL CHANG

Neil Chang is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Prior to Atlas, Neil was a Partner and Head of Investment and M&A Advisory Group at Widus Partners, a boutique investment bank based in Seoul, Singapore and Hong Kong. Neil is a Seattle native who has invested the past 16 years in Asia building a diverse and actionable network, goodwill and local knowledge. As a former corporate securities lawyer and a McKinsey consultant, Neil is informed by a unique combination of experience and perspective when advising visionaries, entrepreneurs, and senior executives embarking on transformative deals. Neil has a particularly strong industry expertise and relationships in e-commerce, digital payments and currency, mobile applications, telecommunications, esports, fintech, healthcare tech, deep learning and data analytics, Internet of Things, and blockchain-enabled enterprise solutions. Neil received his BA and JD from the University of Washington, an MA from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from Oxford University.

JIM DENNEDY

Jim Dennedy is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Jim has more than 25 years’ experience in software and technology; including, infrastructure, security, payments and business applications. Prior to joining Atlas, Jim served in several executive level roles; including, President & CEO of Agilysys (NASDAQ: AGYS], after having served two years as an independent director on the company’s board of directors; principal and chief investment officer of a New York-based hedge fund focused on small and microcap investments; and President and CEO of Engyro Corporation, an enterprise systems management software solution, acquired by Microsoft in 2007. He served as a public company director (with committee assignments addressing Audit, Governance, Comp and Special) at Agilysys, Inc., NaviSite, Inc., I-many, Inc., and Entrust, Inc.; and, several private equity backed companies. In the roles he has served, Jim has led or participated in more than twenty-five M&A, financing or restructuring transactions, on both the buy and sell side, through varying economic and business conditions. Jim received a BS from the United States Air Force Academy, MBA from The Ohio State University and an MA in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

BRAD DICKMAN

Brad Dickman is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Brad has over 15 years of experience in the technology and investment banking industries. Prior to Atlas, Brad worked for Citigroup, where he was a Director in the technology investment banking group. Prior to Citigroup, he was a Vice President and Principal at Bank of America, also in the technology investment banking group. He started his investment banking career at Salomon Brothers. He holds an MBA from UCLA and a BSME in Engineering from McGill University. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

LOUIS DRAPER

Louis Draper is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. He has been an investment banker for over 30 years. He spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs in New York working in corporate finance, M&A, and client coverage. Prior to Atlas, Louis was the Head of Technology at Baird, and the Head of Software at RBC Capital Markets and Raymond James before that. He has spent 18 years based in Silicon Valley working with technology companies. He has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (now Ivey Business School) and a BBA from Bishop’s University in Canada.

MIKE EDWARDS

Mike Edwards is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Mike has over 19 years of investment banking experience, primarily focused on communications and storage technologies. Prior to joining Atlas, he was part of the initial team at GCA Savvian, where he started the firm’s Communications & Storage Infrastructure investment banking practice and led those efforts for over 10 years. Earlier in his career, Mike worked as a Vice President in Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Banking Group. Mike graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

KARLIS FELZENBERG

Karlis Felzenberg is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Karlis has over 20 years of technology-focused investment banking experience. Since joining Atlas in 2011, Karlis has been the lead or co-lead Managing Director on over 25 completed transactions. His previous experience includes Head of Technology Mergers & Acquisitions for Terranova Capital Partners; Managing Director and Head of Communications Technology Investment Banking at ThinkEquity Partners in San Francisco; Principal in Needham & Company’s Silicon Valley Investment Banking group; and three years in Sydney, Australia as a technology-focused M&A banker. Karlis earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from Stanford University.

STEVE IZZO

Steve Izzo is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Steve has over 15 years of technology investment banking and corporate development experience. Prior to Atlas, he was Vice President, Corporate Development at Hightail where he led strategy and M&A initiatives. Before Hightail, Steve was a Director in Barclays’ Technology Investment Banking Group, where he advised private and public software companies on financing and M&A transactions. He executed transactions for clients in the SaaS, Enterprise Applications, Fin Tech, Security and Infrastructure Management sectors. Earlier in his career, Steve also worked as a software investment banker with Lehman Brothers and Bank of America. Steve has an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and a BA from Brown University.

JOHN KELLEY

John Kelley is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. John has covered the enterprise software sector for 17+ years, advising and executing private and public equity underwritings, equity-linked, syndicated bank and bond financings, leveraged buyout, buy and sell-side M&A advisory assignments. John has completed transactions for companies in the Advertising Tech & Digital Media, Business Intelligence, Fin Tech, Human Capital Management, Supply Chain, Security and Systems management sectors. Prior to joining Atlas, John was the Head of Enterprise Software banking at Raymond James and the Head of Application Software Banking at Bank of America. John has an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School and a B.S. in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.

CHURCH LEWIS

Church Lewis is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Church has 30 years experience in investment banking for growth companies, including 15 years experience advising clients in the technology sector. His previous experience includes Managing Director at Needham & Company, where he started the internet and digital media investment banking practice and headed that group for nine years, Partner at the New York-based M&A firm, Gruppo & Company, advising technology companies, Founder and President of Quartz Euromarkets, LLC, formed to represent clients in cross-border transactions, Head of Privatization for UNDP in Central Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Principal at Alex. Brown. Church received his BA from Stanford University, his JD from Columbia Law School, and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

GREG MISCHOU

Greg Mischou is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC with a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) & Digital Transformation Technology. With over 25 years of investment banking and technology experience, Greg has the vision, in-depth industry perspective and deep domain expertise to advise technology companies on mergers, private placements, strategic acquisitions, divestitures, and exit strategies. Prior to Atlas, Greg was a Senior Partner & Managing Director and Head of IoT Technology Investment Banking at Woodside Capital Partners. Prior to this, Greg held senior level technology investment banking positions at UBS and Alex. Brown. Before entering investment banking, Greg was at Intel where he held roles in Corporate Development and Product Management of the Pentium and i486 microprocessors. Greg holds an MBA from The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Northeastern University.

SAMEER NADKARNI

Sameer Nadkarni is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Sameer has 20+ years of experience in the technology industry as an investment banker, investor, and industry executive. Prior to Atlas his investment banking work was at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank; he was an investor at Bowman Capital and Wexford Capital; and an operating executive at SAP and Hewlett Packard. Sameer has an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and dual BS degrees in Computer Engineering and Cognitive Psychology from the University of California – San Diego.

GADGE SANDHU

Gadge Sandhu is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Gadge has over 15 years of experience in the technology and investment banking industries. Prior to Atlas, Gadge worked for J.P. Morgan, where he was an Executive Director in the software investment banking group. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, in the software investment banking group. He started his career as a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions group of J.P. Morgan in New York, moving out to San Francisco to focus on the technology sector in 2000. Gadge holds an MBA with high distinction and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

LONNIE SCHILLING

Lonnie Schilling is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group, LLC. Lonnie has worked in the technology and software industry for over 30 years as an Investment Banker, Venture Capitalist, tech founder, board member, private and public company CEO and Corporate Executive. Lonnie brings deep technology, operational, investment and M&A experience to the Enterprise infrastructure, telecoms, IoT, analytics, AI and cloud networking sectors. Prior to joining Atlas, Lonnie was Vice President of Software M&A at Corum Group, a tech-focused boutique M&A Firm. Previously Lonnie was co-founder and CEO of jKool, an AI Analytics firm in the banking sector, Chairman at OP5, a cloud infrastructure company, COO of Nastel Inc, an Enterprise Performance Monitoring business and CEO of Birdstep Technology a public company providing mobile and IoT software to tier 1 mobile operators around the world. Lonnie began his career with BBN, inventor of the Arpanet and Cisco Systems.

TARANG SHAH

Tarang Shah is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group, LLC. Tarang has over 20 years of experience as a technology M&A banker/VC investor/Product Manager working with tech-focused companies globally. Prior to joining Atlas, Tarang was a Co-founder and Managing Partner at Bois Capital, a tech-focused boutique M&A firm where he worked on cross-border tech and software M&A transactions. Tarang also served as a senior tech banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and a VC investor at SoftBank Capital’s US fund focused on digital media/AdTech, enterprise software, Telco and Ecommerce. Some of the notable investments in the fund include Huffington Post (AOL), Buddy Media (Salesforce), BuzzFeed and xAd. He started his career as a Program Manager at Qualcomm and built two productlines at Ericsson as a Lead Product Manager. Tarang is an author of a popular book on venture capital, Venture Capitalists at Work. He earned his MBA in International Business from Thunderbird and also an MBA in Marketing and BSE in Electronics & Telecommunications from Gujarat University (India). He also passed Level 2 of the CFA Program.

ADAM TILOW

Adam is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group. He contributes to the origination and execution efforts for software M&A transactions within Digital Transformation, including Internet of Things (IoT), FinTech, MarTech and Cybersecurity. He is specialized in working with companies who use Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, an integral element of their business. Adam maintains close relationships with strategic buyers and investors, and is involved in all aspects of executing transactions. Prior to joining Atlas Technology Group, Adam was the Director of Technology Investment Banking at Woodside Capital Partners. Prior to this, he was with the Investment Banking Group at Wunderlich Securities. Adam was previously with Moss Adams Capital in their Investment Banking Division; and formerly with UBS Financial Services. Adam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from San Diego State University.

ETHAN TOPPER

Ethan Topper is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group LLC. Ethan has 25+ years of experience in investment banking, including 21 years advising clients in the technology sector. Prior to joining Atlas, Ethan was the Global Head of Technology at Citi. From 2005-2011, he was the CEO and a partner at Union Square Advisors, an M&A boutique advisory firm focused on the technology sector and based in San Francisco. Before that, Ethan ran the global technology M&A practice at Credit Suisse, after two years in the same position at Deutsche Bank. Ethan also worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley, where he was Head of West Coast M&A until 1996. Ethan has executed and overseen hundreds of completed M&A and financing transactions, representing in aggregate over a quarter trillion dollars in deal value.

TONY TROUSSET

Tony Trousset is founder and Managing Director of Atlas Technology Group LLC. Tony has worked in the technology industry for 20+ years as an investment banker, venture capitalist, and corporate executive. His previous experience includes: Global Head of Software Investment Banking and Co-Head of the West Coast Technology Investment Banking Group at Lehman Brothers; Global Head of Software Investment Banking at UBS AG; VP and Head of Corporate Development at SAS Institute, Inc; and Co-Founder of venture capital firm Bluevector. Tony received BA and MA degrees from Stanford University. He is also a board member of the San Francisco Symphony.

STEVE WADE

Steven Wade is a Managing Director at Atlas Technology Group. Steven brings 21 years of game industry experience to Atlas Technology Group with his primary focus on helping digital media and entertainment companies with technological and market insight, corporate development, and M&A. Before joining Atlas, Steven spent his career launching 45 online games, four gaming payment solutions, and eight game portals alongside many well-known entertainment companies such as Square Enix, VISA/Playspan, SOHU/Changyou, Ty Inc., and Aeria Games as an executive, and angel investor. He is also an entrepreneur, creating and selling three companies: MMOsmart LLC ( to Aeria Games), Zyon Games Inc. (to Sohu/Changyou 搜狐 / 畅游 which then IPOed on the NASDAQ as the biggest IPO of 2009), and Boilingcore.com (to MMORPG.com) . In addition, Steven spent eight years working in the Asian Pacific region acting as a gaming advisor to the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese governments. Steven received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from West Virginia University. He currently serves as a board member for various companies in the video game sector, including eSports networks, gaming studios, and productivity tool developers.