S&A’s professionals boast a broad range of transaction experience from leading financial institutions.

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David Siemer

Managing Director
Siemer & Associates, Los Angeles

Mr. Siemer founded Siemer & Associates, LLC in 2007 to fulfill his vision of a true boutique merchant bank that works with technology, software and digital media companies throughout their complete life cycle. In addition to investment banking, he concurrently founded Wavemaker Partners (formerly Siemer Ventures) to assist early growth technology companies to achieve their full potential. One of the most active investment firms in Southern California, Wavemaker supports close to 100 active portfolio companies and makes an average of 20-30 new investments each year in digital media startups.

He was previously with Montgomery & Co. where he served as a key member of the Digital Media Investment Banking Group. In this capacity he led sales to major media companies such as News Corp, Google, Sony, Yahoo!, Hearst, Viacom, WPP and Disney, and he managed equity private placements from multiple venture capital firms and hedge funds.

Mr. Siemer began his career in 1995 at Desco Capital Partners, a Chicago based Internet and software venture fund. Here he managed investments into companies such as: Total Control Products (sold to GE), Conquest Communications (Sold to AT&T), StorageApps (Sold to HP) and Enact Software (sold to Sage SalesLogix).

Mr. Siemer received his M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, with high honors. He completed his undergraduate work at Lehigh University with degrees in Management Information Systems and Accounting. He is a General Securities Principal licensed with FINRA/SIPC (formerly NASD).

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Dan Chen

Managing Director
Siemer & Associates, Los Angeles

Dan Chen brings to Siemer & Associates over 16 years of investment banking, private equity and corporate development experience in the technology, media and telecom industries, and has been involved in transactions totaling over $5 billion in value throughout his career. Dan currently leads and oversees execution of all M&A and capital raising mandates for clients in the software, digital media, advertising, and Internet services space. He is also currently a Strategic Board Member of Lotus Innovations Fund, LP, a private equity firm focused on software investments in the Southern California market, and is part of the mentor team at MuckerLab, advising media and software entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem in Southern California. Dan’s career prior to Siemer spans various roles as investor, operator and advisor to companies. Dan was a key member of the investment team at TPG Capital, where he was involved on cross-border buyout and venture investments in the U.S. and Asia. He participated in the investment activities of TPG’s Asian investment funds Newbridge Asia III, LP ($724 million) and Newbridge Asia II, LP ($392 million), and he monitored several portfolio companies in the telecom and Internet services space within those funds. Dan was also Vice President in the media and software groups at Los Angeles-based Montgomery & Co., where he was involved on key transactions with strategic acquirers such as The Walt Disney Co. (Club Penguin) and WPP plc (WildTangent) as well as tech-focused buyout / hedge funds (HBK Investments) and growth / venture capital investors (Scale Venture Partners, Elevation Partners). Most recently, Dan led corporate development activities at a family office-backed investment holding company in Los Angeles where he evaluated and executed on investment opportunities in the healthcare services and IT space.

Dan began his career as an M&A banker at Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York and San Francisco, where he was involved on technology transactions with strategic acquirers in the Internet and financial technology space such as Infospace (now known as Blucora) and Checkfree (acquired by Fiserv), as well as semiconductor companies such as Solectron (acquired by Flextronics) and Xilinx.

Mr. Chen graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is a registered General Securities Representative (Series 63 and 79 licenses) with FINRA/SIPC (formerly NASD).

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Ari Klinger

Managing Director
Siemer Right Click Capital, Sydney

Ari has extensive experience in starting, building and selling Internet-related businesses. He was the co-founder and CEO of iMega, an online media network with over 30 million visitors a month which he sold to a publicly-listed marketing services group in 2006.

In 2008 he co-founded and served as CEO of Online Marketing Group (OMG), which quickly grew to become Australia’s largest network of websites and owner of premium domain names. Ari managed the sale of the business to Fairfax Media and now spends his time as a partner at Right Click Capital, helping to find and build great Asia-Pacific-based Internet-related businesses.

Ari has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales. He is a longstanding member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, as well as the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL). Ari is a mentor at the Founder Institute (Sydney) and JFDI (Singapore).

Siemer/Right Click Capital Pty Limited, a partner of Siemer & Associates, LLC, is separately registered in New South Wales as a numbered Australian Company.

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Benjamin Chong

Managing Director
Siemer Right Click Capital, Sydney

Benjamin has a track record of investing in and building successful Internet-related businesses over the last twenty years. These include Online Agility, an incubator and developer of online businesses, Jetabroad, one of Australia’s leading online travel companies, and Online Marketing Group. Benjamin has served on the boards of a number of portfolio companies.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales with First Class Honours, Benjamin began his career consulting in the areas of ecommerce strategy, online marketing, and technology for major international clients such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Volvo, Sony, and Toyota. Benjamin was named National Young Business Person of the Year by Young Achievement Australia and is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL), and Sydney Angels.

Benjamin is director of the Founder Institute in Sydney.

Siemer/Right Click Capital Pty Limited, a partner of Siemer & Associates, LLC, is separately registered in New South Wales as a numbered Australian Company.

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Chris Hill

Principal
Siemer & Associates, Los Angeles

Chris brings over fifteen years of private equity, transactional, and corporate development experience to the company. Chris focuses on deal execution for M&A and capital raise clients at Siemer & Associates, focusing on digital media, adtech, software, and eCommerce. Prior to joining Siemer, Chris was Senior Vice President at IMT Capital where he helped lead the transaction department close over $1.2 billion in investments. He has served as an advisor for several startups in the digital media and entertainment space.

Chris graduated from Yale University with a degree in history. He also serves on the California State Workforce Investment Board after being appointed by Governor Brown in 2013. He continues to serve as an advisor to several startups, is a mentor for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and sits the advisory board for Spark Los Angeles. Chris is a registered General Securities Representative (Series 63 and 79 licenses) with FINRA/SIPC (formerly NASD).