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Jay Antenen is a senior editor for the Mergermarket Group in New York where he helps oversee coverage for Dealreporter and Mergermarket. Jay has covered financial services and financial technology M&A and capital raising since 2007. He received a BA in philosophy, politics & economics from Pomona College.
Kyle Griswold joined FTV Capital in 2007 after working as an investment banking associate at Berkshire Capital Securities. Mr. Griswold, based in FTV’s New York office, has been actively involved in many successful FTV investments in the financial services and payments/transaction processing sectors. He is currently a board member at Apex Fund Services, a global fund administrator; Aspire Financial Services, a retirement plan solutions provider; ReliaQuest, provider of security services around management of organization’s SIEM technology; True Potential, an investment and wealth management platform; and World First, a foreign exchange solutions platform. He is a board observer at Swan Global Investments, an asset management firm, and also actively involved with CardConnect, a payment processing services company. Mr. Griswold helped successfully exit Fleet One (acquired by Wright Express in 2012), IndexIQ (acquired by NYLife Investment Management in 2015) and VelocityShares (acquired by Janus Capital in 2014). Mr. Griswold received a BA in economics and mathematics from Trinity College and is a CFA® charterholder.
Todd R. Kornfeld is of counsel in the Financial Services Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office. Mr. Kornfeld concentrates his practice in securities and derivatives law and related regulatory matters. He represents investment advisers with respect to fund formation, trading activities and regulatory matters arising under the Investment Advisers Act and the Commodity Exchange Act, and he advises financial services companies on broker-dealer regulation under the Securities Exchange Act. In addition, he is a member of Pepper's blockchain technology group and applies his computer science background and work experience in the FinTech space. As part of his investment management practice, Mr. Kornfeld represents investment advisers and funds in the negotiation of trading agreements, such as prime brokerage agreements, ISDA master agreements, futures account agreements and master confirms for derivatives. Mr. Kornfeld also has experience representing issuers, placement agents and investment managers with various structured finance products, including CLOs, CDOs, CMBS and credit-linked notes.
Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Kornfeld was associate general counsel at Guggenheim Global Trading, a multi-strategy hedge fund, where he was heavily involved in and responsible for multiple aspects of platform creation and build-out, including fund formation documents, prime brokerage and other trading agreements, and regulatory and compliance matters.
Gil Mermelstein, a Managing Director of West Monroe Partners and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, is responsible for developing and expanding the firm’s presence on the East Coast. He has 25 years of experience in the consulting and financial services industry. Gil is active in helping private equity firms invest in financial services, and advises emerging FinTech companies focused on innovative payments models. Gil joined West Monroe Partners from BearingPoint Europe, where he was head of Management Consulting in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He was instrumental in formalizing the strategic alliance between BearingPoint Europe and West Monroe Partners, and leveraging the relationship to expand the two firms’ global market coverage.