As of September 1, 2021, we are pleased to be part of D.A. Davidson & Co. We will continue serving our clients as part of their full-service Investment Banking Group. Click here to learn more about our combined strengths.

Ken Marlin

The Marlin & Associates team is comprised of a group of seasoned professionals who have an unrelenting commitment to maximize value for our clients. Collectively, our team has advised on financial technology, data and analytics transactions in 27 countries around the world. 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 Group covers eight tech sectors: Application Software, Infrastructure Software, Vertical Software, Communications Software/Hardware, Internet and Digital Media, Technology-Enabled Services, Data and Analytics, and Financial Technology. Within Financial Technology, we continue covering clients across WealthTech, Payments Tech, InsurTech, BankTech, Real Estate Tech, LegalTech, GRC, Business Intelligence, Market Intelligence, Capital Markets Technology, and Digital Tech including Workflow Automation; 
  • We work closely with D.A. Davidson’s 12 technology research professionals covering more than 130 technology stocks, and a dedicated equity sales and trading team.

 You can read more about the transaction HERE.

 Meet the entire Technology Investment Banking team HERE.


Ken Marlin is Vice Chairman of D. A. Davidson’s Technology Investment Banking practice. 

For nearly 20 years prior to joining D.A. Davidson, Ken led the boutique investment bank he founded - Marlin & Associates Securities LLC, the advisor of choice in the financial technology and data analytics industry worldwide.  Before starting his investment bank, Ken was leader of a New York-based merchant bank/private equity firm, an entrepreneur, a tech company CEO (three times), and a senior corporate executive.  He is the author of a book based on his application of principles that he learned while serving on active duty as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps:  “The Marine Corps Way to Win on Wall Street – 11 Key Principles from the Battlefield to the Boardroom” (St. Martin’s Press 2016).   

Ken earned his BA from the University of California (Irvine), an MBA from UCLA, and a post-MBA Advanced Professional Certificate in Corporate Strategy from New York University.  Ken has twice been named one of Institutional Investor’s “Tech 50,” – the 50 most influential people in technology; and twice more named one of the 35 most influential people in financial technology.  He is a member of the Market Data Hall of Fame.  He has appeared in publications ranging from BusinessWeek, Forbes, and CEO Magazine to the Wall Street Journal and featured on CBS News, Fox Business, CNBC, and Canada’s Business News Network.  

Ken is a Trustee of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in New York; a member of the Business Administration Board of Advisors of the University of the People; and an active supporter of the Wall Street Warriors Foundation, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Phoenix House, Outward Bound Peacekeeping; and the BJ/SPSA Homeless shelter. For fun, he races vintage sportscars.


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