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Mergers & Acquisitions

Jack Iacovone
Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions

Telephone: (212) 705-0297

Jack Iacovone joined Needham & Company in 1995. Since joining Needham, Jack has assisted emerging growth companies complete over 50 equity financings and advisory transactions in a variety of industries. He has also sponsored over 25 principal investments made through the firm's Private Equity Partnership, Needham Capital Partners, and has sat on the board of directors or been an observer to the board of directors of six companies. Jack previously worked within the financial services line of business at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP. He received a BS in Accounting from Pace University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Jim Apostolides
Managing Director

Telephone: (212) 705-0472

Jim Apostolides joined Needham & Company in 2008. Jim has nearly 40 years of experience as an investment banker, a strategy consultant and a corporate executive and has completed transactions valued at well over $100 billion. Most recently, he was a managing director at Citigroup, where he was responsible for the investment banking relationship with a single client, GE, on a global basis. Before that, he spent several years in executive roles at Accenture, Oracle and BearingPoint, executing special projects of a financial and strategic nature. Jim began his career at McKinsey & Company, helping clients develop strategies to address growth, resource allocation, turnaround and diversification issues. He became an investment banker in 1982 and gained extensive experience in all forms of M&A execution, working with such clients as GM, Hughes Aircraft, EDS and IBM. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1997, where he successfully led the building of broad institutional relationships with KKR, Accenture and GE. He has a BS in Operations Research and an MBA in Finance, both from New York University.

Gunjeet Baweja
Managing Director, Head of West Coast Mergers & Acquisitions

Telephone: (650) 561-2236

Gunjeet Baweja joined Needham & Company in 2007 and currently heads West Coast M&A. Since joining Needham in 2007, Gunjeet has completed over sixty transactions including complex M&A sell-side and buy-side advisory assignments for public and private companies. Gunjeet has transaction execution expertise and deep domain technology knowledge gained over 18 years of experience in investment banking and high-technology. Gunjeet started his investment banking career at SoundView in 2000, and then at Instream Partners, working on transactions in the technology space. For seven years prior to that, he worked at Intel Corporation, where he held positions in strategic marketing and microprocessor design. Gunjeet holds ten patents from his work in design at Intel. He received his BE in Electronics Engineering from M.S. University, India, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and graduated with Highest Distinction, Beta Gamma Sigma, from University of California, Berkeley, with an MBA, concentration in finance.

Pooyan Mehdizadeh
Managing Director

Telephone: (650) 561-2230

Pooyan Mehdizadeh rejoined Needham & Company in September 2012. Prior to joining Needham & Company as a senior member of the M&A group, Pooyan was a Managing Director at ThinkEquity and has more than 12 years of investment banking experience. He has successfully represented public and private companies in over 70 completed transaction across the full spectrum of financing and advisory assignments, including acquisitions, exclusive sales, divestitures, spin-offs, take-over defense assignments and cross-border transactions. Earlier in his career, He was a Consultant at Accenture plc. Pooyan earned a B.S. in Information and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Irvine.

Brian J. Perrault
Managing Director

Telephone: (617) 457-0945

Brian Perrault joined Needham & Company in 2004. Prior to joining Needham, Brian worked in the Advanced Space Systems & Concepts Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He has almost 10 years of investment banking experience working with companies on complex M&A transactions, business strategy and strategic alternatives. He has a BS in Physics from Saint Michael’s College and an MBA from Northeastern University.

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