Editor's Eye on New York: Marlinâs Middle Market Mastery - Firm Wins Multiple Awards at Night Honoring New York Companies and Firms
By Richard Rabicoff
In some ways, the middle market is like the middle child. None of the luster, experience and maturity of the larger, established concern. None of the freshness, entrepreneurial vigor and promise of the startup or emerging company.
The M&A Advisor and ACG New York, two associations that promote and support the middle market, decided to redress the relative neglect of these companies by putting on a night of recognition on June 21, held at Sotheby's. The organizers came up with 25 award categories, from the Deal of Year (in three different ranges), to the facilitators (lawyers and CPAs), to verticals like manufacturing, health care and IT.
Regrettably, citybizlist was not present, but we were pleased to publish the list of winners in our daily newsletter. http://tinyurl.com/6kpu78y
No single organization dominated the event, but Marlin & Associates, LLC, an investment banking and strategic advisory firm, came pretty close.
Marlin bagged four major awards, including:
• Corporate and Strategic Acquisition-of-the-Year: Sale of iSuppli Corp to IHS Inc.
• Financial Services Deal-of-the-Year: NASDAQ OMX Acquires SMARTS Group Holding Pty,Ltd (Australia)
• Information Technology Deal-of-the-Year: Acquisition of Ambit Messaging Hub from Sungard by SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank FinancialTelecommunication)
• Middle Market Deal-of-the-Year: Acquisition of Ambit Messaging Hub from Sungard by SWIFT (Society for Worldwide InterbankFinancial Telecommunication).
The firm is led by founder Ken Marlin, who previously worked at the media merchant bank and private equity fund Veronis Suhler Stevenson. He also spent time doing deals at Dun & Bradstreet, before taking over Telekurs (NA) a global information technology and data firm he eventually sold to Bridge Information Systems. A former Marine, he is a member of the boards of the Phoenix House Foundation and Madison Square Boys and Girls Club and supports the Wall Street Warriors Foundation and the BJ/SPSA Homeless shelter.
Citybizlist was not familiar with Marlin, whose work is often done behind the scenes (we reported the SWIFT acquisition, but there was no mention of Marlin). But once The Eye has spotted you, you are fair game for a host of future articles.