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Ken Marlin, Managing Partner of M&A to moderate opening panel at 2005 Information Industry Summit

November 15, 2004

Ken Marlin, Managing Partner of Marlin & Associates to moderate opening panel at 2005 Information Industry Summit  - "Connecting for Growth".

Other speakers to include Deborah Platt Majoras, Chairman FTC, Ted Leonsis, Vice Chairman, AOL & Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive, WPP Group

NEW YORK, November 15th 2004 --

What: Kenneth B. Marlin, Managing Partner of Marlin & Associates New York LLC will moderate the opening panel on the opening day of the 2005 Information Industry Summit. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is bringing together leaders from the electronic publishing and content industries for this 4th annual, exclusive, two-day executive event to be held Monday & Tuesday, February 1-2, 2005 in New York City.

Marlin's panel will focus on: "How Can Information Companies Fund Growth?"   Pent up demand by buyers and investors after the recent recession, combined with a gradual increase in owners looking for liquidity or for growth capital has fueled a marked increase this year in m&a and other forms of corporate finance activity.  Lenders seem to be lending again, VCs and private equity firms are spending again, and corporations are buying. Even the IPO market seems to be showing signs of life. 

At the same time it seems to be a new world out there.  To provide guidance, we have assembled a panel of financiers and executives from companies that have, or are contemplating these types of activities.   Panel members are expected to include:

  • Jack Abuhoff, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Innodata Isogen, Inc.
  • Fredy Bush, Vice Chairman and CEO Xinhua Financial Network
  • Thomas J. Clarke, Jr., Chairman and CEO,, Inc.
  • Ron Klausner, President, ProQuest Information & Learning
The panel members will discuss the hurdles they are navigating on the path to growth ,  touching on topics such as:
  • How have the rules changed?
  • Is debt really available for mid-sized information or technology companies? (At what cost?)
  • Is an IPO in my future?  Can I take my company private?
  • How much equity will you have to give up to get VC money...How much can you take off the table and how much must stay in the company?
  • How can you determine "fair value" 
Conference Title:
The 4th annual Information Industry Summit: Connecting for Growth.
Monday & Tuesday, February 1-2, 2005 

Gotham Hall. 
1356 Broadway (36th Street)
New York, NY 10018

About Marlin & Associates
Marlin & Associates (M&A) is a specialized investment banking advisory and consulting firm providing transaction advice and services to middle-market firms in the media, technology, information and business services sectors. The firm is based in New York City.

Ken Marlin, M&A’s Managing Partner and Founder has spent the past 20 years both leading, and advising firms that provide information and technology. He has been has been CEO of technology and media firms four times, and has bought, sold and raised growth capital for his own companies, as well as advising dozens of others.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 700 leading software and information companies.

For further information on Marlin & Associates visit or contact M&A at
For further information on the SIIA visit or contact Jeff Cutler at

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