Afsaneh Naimollah

The Marlin & Associates team is comprised of a group of seasoned professionals who have an unrelenting commitment to maximize value for our clients. Collectively, the team has advised on more than 200 information and technology transactions in more than 25 countries around the world. Much of the team has been together since shortly after the firm was founded more than a dozen years ago. Several M&A partners have held global C-level and senior operating roles in relevant industry sectors. This deep operating experience combined with extensive transaction expertise enables Marlin & Associates to provide an unparalleled level of strategic and financial advice to our clients as well as execution capability in nearly every conceivable situation. 

Our team has an extensive 13+ year track record of success during which we have built strong relationships that allow us to unlock shareholder value for our clients.

Afsaneh Naimollah is the founder and Managing Director of XEN Partners, a Silicon-Valley based strategy and financial advisory firm for next generation healthcare companies. She is a Senior Advisor to our firm and works closely with Marlin’s partners on healthcare technology transactions.

For six years, until January 2016, Afsaneh was the head of the healthcare technology practice at Marlin & Associates where she led a number of notable M&A transactions. Afsaneh actively covers the digital health space, payor/provider and consumer-centric technologies.

Afsaneh spent 12 years as Barclays Capital here she rose to become the Global Head of the Technology Group. At Barclays, her group was responsible for the coverage of more than 120 tech and healthcare companies around the globe. While at the firm, Afsaneh directly worked on more than 100 M&A, IPO and private placement transactions.

Afsaneh holds a Masters in International Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has completed post graduate studies at Northwestern University. In addition to public speaking at industry conferences, Afsaneh is the senior editor of Marlin's HITs Greatest Hits newsletter which is widely read by Healthcare IT industry executives.

Afsaneh was a board member of ON2 Technologies which was the first publicly-held company acquired by Google. She is a hot yoga enthusiast and daily practitioner. She credits this vigorous and demanding discipline with her holistic view of business and the world.

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