Our Team

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Kurt Bermond, Managing Director

Kurt recently joined Oberon as a Managing Director focused on financial services, energy / cleantech and technology. Kurt has 20 years of experience in investment banking, private equity and corporate development. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Bryant Park Capital's New York office where he executed over 20 engagements totaling over $1 billion in transaction value, including buy-side / sell-side M&A, corporate valuations, and private placements of debt and equity.

Prior to joining BPC in 2004, Kurt spent four years working as a consultant and corporate development executive with several technology and marketing companies, including NewView Technologies, Inc. (formerly eSteel, Inc.), a supply chain software company backed by $100 million in funding from leading venture capital investors (Goldman, Sachs & Co., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bessemer Venture Partners), and CM Media Inc., a leading new media company. In 1996, Kurt joined Inverness Management LLC, a New York-based private equity firm with over $400 million of committed capital. At Inverness, Kurt pursued opportunities in a wide variety of industries and executed transactions with energy and financial services companies including the IPO of National Oilwell Varco (formerly National Oilwell, Inc.), today a $30 billion oil and gas services company, and the acquisition and sale of Financial Alliance, Inc., a merchant payment processor with over 60,000 accounts. Kurt began his career as an analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co's M&A Investment Banking Group in New York City.

Kurt graduated from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance and Business Honors. Kurt is a FINRA registered securities principal (series 24).

Adam Breslawsky, Partner & Managing Director

Adam has been on Wall Street since 1993 and joined Oberon in 2002. He leads the firm's Business Services practice and has closed M&A and financing transactions with a number of Oberon clients including Select Staffing, NTS Communications, BiolineRx, Butler America, and Alanco Technologies.

Prior to joining Oberon, Adam was a Vice President of JP Morgan's Telecom, Media & Technology Group where he was instrumental in the creation of the firm's Wireless Data Investment Banking coverage effort. While at JP Morgan, Adam led the execution of numerous private placements, mergers and debt financings. Prior to joining JP Morgan, Adam worked at Merrill Lynch in the Leveraged Finance Group, underwriting high yield bonds and bridge loans as well as arranging syndicated loans and mezzanine financings. Adam also spent two years as a member of Merrill Lynch's Mergers & Acquisitions Group executing over $2 billion in completed transactions across a number of industry sectors including consumer products, healthcare and technology.

Adam holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School and a BA from Union College.

Harry Chevan, Managing Director

Harry joined Oberon Securities in 2015 as Managing Director with a focus on middle market omnichannel consumer and business marketers, digital and traditional media, marketing and business services and adtech. He previously worked with Agile Equity, a boutique technology, media and telecom investment bank in New York.

Previously, Harry was a managing director at Gruppo, Levey & Co., where he spent 14 years providing M&A and strategic advisory services to catalogers, marketing service agencies and publisher. In his 20 year investment banking career Harry has executed in excess of $4 billion of M&A and private placement transactions. Harry previously worked in the publishing industry for Cowles Media and Thomson Corporation, after finishing his assignment supervising nuclear reactor overhaul procedures for the Department of Defense.

Harry earned a MS in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Richard Cocca, Managing Director

Prior to joining Oberon, Richard was a Senior Partner with an investment banking firm headquartered in New England. The firm is a boutique investment bank specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions, recapitalizations, capital raising, and strategic consulting throughout the United States. Richard's industry focus centers around business-to-business services, industrial, construction, and manufacturing related markets. In his 10 years with the firm, Richard has executed dozens of transactions in a variety of industries including equipment and linen rental, oil and gas field services.

Richard is a former Group VP of Finance for a Fortune 500 oil and gas production, exploration and chemical company. In that position, he was financially responsible for executing a barter arrangement between the United States and Russia, exchanging phosphoric acid with the Russian counterparty for other elements that comprise fertilizer. He has also held various other executive level positions.

Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting from Northeastern University. He is a trained Certified Public Accountant with Deloitte and Touche and an entrepreneur himself, having either owned or operated several companies in a variety of industries.

Elad Epstein, Co-founding Partner & Managing Director

Prior to founding Oberon in 2001, Mr. Epstein was with Deutsche Banc Securities Inc. (formerly Deutsche Banc Alex Brown) in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group where he focused on innovative, leading-edge technology companies. Prior to the Mergers and Acquisitions Group, he was a member of the Financial Sponsor Coverage Group working with the top private equity firms on a wide range of transactions.

While at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, Elad executed over $2.5 billion in completed transactions in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged debt and equity transactions. Prior to his employment with Deutsche Banc, Elad was a member of Oppenheimer & Co. Technology Investment Banking Team. At Oppenheimer, Elad executed over 14 public and private equity transactions, raising over $750 million for emerging growth technology companies.

Elad holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School and a B.A. from Tel Aviv University.

Lou Frost, Managing Director

Lou joined Oberon Securities in 2013 from KPMG LLP where he was National Real Estate Advisory Leader and National Real Estate Investment Banking Leader. Prior to joining KPMG, Lou was a Senior Vice President in Macquarie Capital (USA), Inc.’s Real Estate Private Equity team and led deal teams responsible for bidding on companies and assets worth approximately $5 billion.

Before joining Macquarie Capital, Lou had been a Vice President in Goldman Sach’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group where he was involved with closing approximately $25 billion in real estate transactions that included mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and debt offerings.

Lou earned an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, a JD from William and Mary Law School and a BA from Princeton University.

Scott Friedman

Scott Friedman has over 20 years in the structured finance sector. Mr. Friedman was Managing Director of Riviere Securities (November 2008 to March 2011), with an expertise in securitizing, amongst other things, consumer assets based upon credit cards, nonprime auto loans, and mortgages. Prior to Riviere, Mr. Friedman worked in the US Securitization business for Fortis bank whereby he oversaw origination of over $5 billion of consumer and commercial assets for the bank's clients. Mr. Friedman was also employed by Societe Generale where he held several positions, first as primary architect of the Bank's Securitization Group Marketing effort as well as in charge of product development, whereby he won Euromoney 2004 Structured Finance deal of the year for credit card securitization, in particular for bringing a student college credit card issuer to the structured bond market. Mr. Friedman was promoted to Managing Director of Financial Institutions for the bank the last year at Societe Generale. Mr. Friedman was also employed by Standard & Poor's as a Director in their Structured Finance department. During this time, Mr. Friedman ran the European Commercial Paper conduit business in the London office as well as developed criteria for the European Market. He also worked primarily in development in the analysis of new asset classes and published dozens of articles on criteria and newly rated structures. Prior to his time at Standard & Poor's, Mr. Friedman worked as a Vice President in Citibank's credit card treasury unit, manager in Dean Witter's controller's office and as staff auditor at Cooper's and Lybrand.

Assaf Guterman, Managing Director

Assaf has nearly 10 years of experience in financial markets and the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Oberon, Assaf was an Equity Research Analyst at Lazard Capital Markets covering the companies comprising the medical device industry including of fields including cardiology, neurology, general and minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, diagnostics and aesthetics. Assaf’s research experience includes macro analysis of the medical device and healthcare universe, fundamental equity analysis, institutional buy-side marketing and a variety of relationships with company managements and key industry-leading physicians.

Prior to joining Lazard, Assaf was Director of Finance at Taro Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded company with over $300 million in revenues, where he held a variety of responsibilities including financial and SEC reporting, budget preparation, managing the company’s debt structure and helping to maintain relationships with Wall Street. Prior to Taro, Assaf was the Chief Economist at the Israeli Ministry of Finance Mission to NY, helping the State of Israel raise funds through the issuance of sovereign bonds through the financial markets.

Assaf is a CFA charterholder. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University and an MBA in Finance from Zicklin Business School at Baruch College. Assaf is a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts.

John Kinney, Managing Director

John Kinney joined Oberon Securities in 2012 bringing more than 20 years of experience in investment banking and corporate development gained as a senior banker in the investment banking departments of Deutsche Bank Securities, Dresdner Kleinwort Securities, Daiwa Securities, and UBS Warburg / PaineWebber where he generated and executed transactions across the consumer products, retail, technology, and general industrial sectors. He began his career with Chemical Bank and ABN AMRO completing more than forty public and private debt transactions for small and mid-cap companies.

Immediately before joining Oberon, John served as the VP/Head of Corporate Development for an early-stage renewable energy and feed company based in Florida as well as a Director in Business Development at Valens Capital, a billion dollar hedge fund focused on providing flexible, custom-tailored and cost-effective debt and equity growth financing solutions to small-cap public and private companies.

John received his MBA from the Stern School of Business of New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Christopher Lucas

Christopher Lucas has over 8 years investment banking, industry/equity research, investment management/advisory experience, corporate/business development, and financial/management consulting experience within the Natural Resources Industry, with special emphasis on the Metals & Mining Sector. Mr. Lucas is the Founder and Managing Director of White Knight Financial Group, LLC which is a financial, management, and buy-side consulting/advisory company focused on the Natural Resource Sector. Over the past several years, Mr. Lucas has developed a deep understanding of the Natural Resource Industry and the global investment marketplace through leadership, business development, origination, and in-depth industry research.

Prior to joining Oberon and founding White Knight Financial Group, LLC, Mr. Lucas contributed to double-digit returns through origination and management of various private placements, structured equity investments, structured debt/convertible note investments, structured hybrid investments and traditional private debt investments as an Executive Vice President at Bergen Asset Management, LLC, a hedge fund in New York. Before his time at Bergen, Mr. Lucas originated and completed numerous private placements as the Vice-President of Metals & Mining Investment Banking for Rodman & Renshaw, LLC, a mid-tier full service investment bank in New York. Mr. Lucas found his passion for the Natural Resource Sector as a Senior Metals & Mining Analyst at Bloomberg LP where he played an integral role in the creation and development of Bloomberg Industries' Base Metals, Precious Metals, Bulk Minerals and Iron & Steel on-terminal research platforms focused on thematic, top-down industry analysis. Mr. Lucas holds an MBA and a BBA in Finance and Accounting from St. Bonaventure University.

Frank McGrath, Managing Director

Frank McGrath has spent thirteen years on Wall Street as an advisor, banker and asset raiser. Currently, Frank acts as a Managing Director at Oberon Securities, focused on natural resource initiatives and "alternative to alternatives investing". He consults with numerous market participants and observers - including many levels of government, family offices and First Nations.

Prior to his tenure at Oberon, Frank had been a senior principle at several asset managers - including the team that founded the Fairstream Fund, a global fund acquired by Nikko Asset Management in 2008.

Frank began his Wall Street career at Deutsche Bank in 2001 as a quantitative researcher in foreign exchange / commodities. He is a former US Army officer, a graduate of both Tulane University (BS-Mathematics) and Georgetown University (MBA).

John Neczesny, Managing Director

John joined Oberon Securities in 2012 as Managing Director with over 15 years of investment banking experience focused on M&A and corporate finance. Before joining Oberon, he was a Vice President, Corporate Development at Par Pharmaceutical Companies and a partner with Ensemble Advisors providing strategic advice and capital raising to emerging healthcare and technology companies.

Prior to that, John was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co. where he spent 10 years in the firm’s Healthcare investment banking group providing M&A and corporate finance advice to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical technology and services companies and generating and executing transactions totaling over $170 billion. Previously, he spent 10 years in business development and project management positions with contract laboratory and data services companies.

John earned an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Delaware.

Marc B. Powell

Mr. Powell's practice covers international investment transactions across a broad range of industries with a focus on emerging markets. He has spent over 20 years as a corporate and commercial lawyer. For the past 12 years Mr. Powell has acted as General Counsel to a $700 million Family Office with real estate development, construction and financial services holdings in Europe, Canada and the Middle East. Whilst representing the Family Office's interests, he has advised and negotiated on real estate transactions and cross border investments valued in excess of $500 million.

Mr. Powell received his J.D from Boston University School of Law and his B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University.

Dan Ramsden, Managing Director

Dan Ramsden has been active in corporate finance, capital markets and M&A for over 20 years on Wall Street and has completed more than $20 billion in transaction volume. He has covered media and telecom since the mid-‘90s and for most of the past decade has been focused on Internet, software, digital technology and its connected systems.

Dan’s career began in leveraged finance at Bank of Montreal and evolved to investment banking at BMO Capital Markets. He started and helped to build out the organization’s U.S. Telecom & Media investment banking practice from 1994 until 2002, and he has subsequently been a Managing Director with two New York based middle-market firms founded and run by bulge-bracket firm executives. In 2009, Dan launched a merchant banking platform, CoRise, to advise and invest in early stage companies in information technology and related applications.

Dan received his MBA cum laude from Fordham University and BA from Cornell University. He is the author of The Age of Convergence (2013), a collection of essays about the information economy and its impact on enterprise, business building, entrepreneurship, technology, markets, valuations, and finance.

Yoav Rekem, Partner & Managing Director

Prior to joining Oberon in 2004, Yoav was a Vice President with CIBC World Markets’ Technology Investment Banking Group where he initiated banking coverage of the telecom networking equipment and voice-over-packet sectors. While at CIBC, Yoav led the execution of numerous equity financings including IPO’s, secondary offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Previous to joining the Technology Group, Yoav worked at CIBC’s Leveraged Finance Group where he executed various financing transactions such as high yield, mezzanine, bank debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring advisory assignments, and private equity investments.

Yoav is a lawyer, who practiced for over a year with M. Seligman & Co. in Tel Aviv. He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a joint degree in Law and Economics from Tel Aviv University.

Scott Robinson, Managing Director

Scott joined Oberon Securities in 2013 with more than 15 years commercial real estate experience encompassing real estate credit rating analysis, capital markets and investment banking. Before joining Oberon, Scott was a partner at the middle market real estate advisory firm Cadence Capital Group, where he was involved in advisory and capital raising engagements totaling over $900 million supporting a range of investment opportunities including acquisitions, note purchases and property development. Prior to Cadence, he was a key member of the Citigroup real estate investment banking team and instrumental in securitization and syndication of various secured high-yield and unsecured corporate debt commitments ranging from $50 million to over $5 billion.

Scott’s earlier experience also includes positions in REIT and CMBS credit analysis at Standard & Poor’s, sell-side equity research at Macquarie Capital, acquisitions at Advanced Real Estate Services, and financing at BRT Realty Trust.

Scott received a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Accounting from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Finance from New York University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Monmouth Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: MNR) and is a Clinical Professor at NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Nicole Schmidt, Co-founding Partner & Managing Director

Prior to co-founding Oberon, Nicole was head of the U.S. operations for Kentech Ventures, an Israeli-based VC, where she was successfully helping start-up software companies identify business opportunities, forge strategic relationships, amend and execute their business plans and source capital. Prior to joining Kentech, Nicole spent nearly seven years working on Wall Street as a senior equity analyst on both the buy and sell-side. Nicole is an expert on Internet, e-commerce, enterprise software, contract manufacturing, and IT services companies and wrote the definitive tome on the Information Security space in early 1998, while she was a Vice President / Director of Technology Research at CIBC Oppenheimer & Co. She started her finance career as an equity analyst on the buy-side at Hudson Capital Advisors, a firm which managed $1 billion in institutional assets.

Nicole is a lawyer and holds a B.A. in Political Science from New York University. She began her career working at The Segal Company, the premiere multi-employer employee benefits consulting firm, drafting pension plans and welfare plans for unions and their employers.

William Seery

Bill joined Oberon in 2013 and has worked in investment banking since 1989 with a primary focus on technology, specifically IT Services and Communications Software, after starting his career as a generalist. Bill has previously worked for Tucker Anthony, Prudential Securities and CIBC World Markets, executing approximately 75 financing and advisory assignments totaling over $7 billion. Bill has also worked as the CFO of a private manufacturing company and a public sports event marketing company, both of which were sold.

Bill holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Adam Taplinger, Managing Director

Adam Taplinger, is an M&A and capital raising specialist in the Consumer and Retail sector, with a focus on consumer products, apparel, jewelry and the luxury markets as well as digital media. Adam has over 14 years of investment banking and consulting experience. He was previously a Vice President in the Asia Focus Group at Sagent Advisors, where his work centered on international Mergers and Acquisitions and capital raising activities. Prior to Sagent Advisors, Adam was a Vice President at Daiwa Securities, an affiliate of Daiwa Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and worked closely with Japan's largest corporations to help develop, implement and execute their global M&A initiatives. He completed numerous acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures on behalf of his clients. Adam offers clients a truly global reach with his extensive cross-border experience. He has led transactions of various sizes in numerous industries in over 15 countries.

Prior to joining Daiwa, Adam was a consultant to the CFO of J.Crew Group. At J.Crew, he built an institutional, centralized reporting process to enable the consolidation of the company's independent divisional FP&A functions. Adam began his career at JWGenesis Capital Markets, now part of Wells Fargo Securities.

Adam holds a BS from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and is a registered representative with FINRA. He serves on the Advisory Board for Public Allies, an organization that empowers young adults to strengthen their communities through leadership and civic participation.

Derek Taller

Dr. Taller has been a Portfolio Manager/Analyst at Stratix Asset Management and Xmark Funds focusing on L/S equity as well as hybrid investments in tech, energy and healthcare. He has also been employed as a Senior Analyst at Benchmark and Tradition-Asiel.

He has expertise in hedging strategies based mainly on situations that are event-driven or involve disruptive product launches and management or major dilutive restructurings. He has also been involved in the development of several healthcare and ecommerce companies.

Previously, Dr. Taller conducted research at New York Medical, King's College London and UC Berkeley as well as UCSF. He holds a Ph.D. from the Cancer Institute of New Jersey-RWJ Medical School and an A.B. in Biophysics and Neurobiology from U.C. Berkeley.

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