MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Derek Mattson

Co-Founder

Derek Mattson is a founding partner and Managing Director at Inverness Advisors. During the course of his career, Derek has advised clients on a wide variety of M&A transactions as well as both public and private financings. Derek started his investment banking career with Cowen & Company in the mid-1990s and previously worked as head of TMT M&A for Friedman, Billings, Ramsey and Managing Director with Montgomery & Co. Earlier in his career, Derek spent a number of years with Allianz AG's global strategic development group in Munich, Germany. Derek received a BS degree from the University of Delaware, and an MBA degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Tom Peters

Co-Founder

Tom Peters is a founding partner and Managing Director at Inverness Advisors. Tom focuses

on technology and digital media and especially the opportunities created where those sectors come together. 

Tom began his investment banking career in the M&A group at Dillon, Read & Co. in New York in 1987.  In 1991, Tom joined Hambrecht & Quist in San Francisco to help start the firm’s M&A practice and has focused on M&A advisory work and capital raising transactions for emerging growth technology and healthcare companies since that time. Tom was the lead banker on numerous transactions at H&Q through the 1990’s and early 2000's. He actively identified and sponsored direct investments through H&Q Venture Partners and other investment funds. Prior to forming Inverness Advisors, Tom led the Communications & Digital Media Technology practice at Montgomery & Co., a firm he joined in 2005. 

Tom has advised on over 150 closed transactions. He focused exclusively on M&A transactions for the first half of his career and over the last fifteen years has been actively involved in both negotiated M&A and capital raising transactions. He has worked on a wide range of transactions with clients across all sectors of technology, communications and media. Tom graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee University and received his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.

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Adam Golden

Managing Director

Adam is a Managing Director at Inverness Advisors and leads the firm’s consulting & business services banking group.  Prior to joining Inverness, Adam built several consulting organizations, including Major Oak Consulting which he sold to Verint Systems in 2013.  As an entrepreneur who has founded, grown, sold and integrated businesses with acquirors, Adam brings a deep understanding of the challenges facing clients in the context of the sale process, including the emotional journey of a potential exit.  Adam started his career in finance at Dun & Bradstreet, where his team received CFO magazine’s prestigious Reach Award for outstanding reengineering achievement.  Adam graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware with a BS in Finance and is a 20-year executive in the consulting industry.

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Robert Valdez

Managing Director

Rob is a Managing Director at Inverness Advisors. Rob has over 30 years of M&A, capital raising, and financial management experience. He began his career at Lehman Brothers where he was an Senior Vice President in the M&A Group, he later co-headed the Technology Effort at Kidder, Peabody, founded the M&A group at Cowen & Company and was a partner at Seven Hills Partners. Rob was also previously the Chief Financial Officer of Yipes Communications and Xpert Financial. Rob received an AB degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

David Raksin 

Managing Director

Prior to Inverness, Dave spent 3 years as a Director of Merchant Banking at Burrill LLC where he focused on strategic advisory for life sciences companies. Prior to Burrill, he was Director of Business Development at CFD Therapeutics Inc., an antibody company "spin-out" from diaDexus, Inc., a molecular Dx company where Dave had previously worked.  Prior to CFS, he was an Associate on the Specialty Pharma Equity Research team at Deutsche Bank. Dave began his career in banking with Prudential Vector Healthcare Group. Dave holds a B.A. from Cornell University.