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

David Siemer, Managing Director

Siemer & Associates, Los Angeles

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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 Siemer Ventures to assist early growth technology companies to achieve their full potential. One of the most active investment firms in Southern California, Siemer Ventures supports close to 80 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).

Ivan Nikkhoo, Managing Director

Siemer & Associates, Los Angeles

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Mr. Nikkhoo is responsible for all facets of the practice including business development, deal sourcing, origination, conversion and executing client mandates. He is also an advisor to S&A’s venture capital arm, Siemer Ventures.

He brings to S&A over 27 years of industry experience in various senior capacities both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining the firm, Ivan was the Head of the Technology Practice at Barrington Associates, a division of Wells Fargo Securities, focusing on advising emerging technology companies. Before that, he served as the Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for N3 Technology Fund, a long/short hedge fund co-managed with Dalton Investments. He has also served as the General Manager & Executive VP at SOA Software, responsible for mergers, acquisitions, investments, strategic alliances and joint ventures, as well as President of Vertex Systems, where he was focused on technology strategy, implementation and IP monetization. In addition, he has served as Director of European Operations for TLD Systems in Paris, France, providing software for European space and military projects.

Mr. Nikkhoo is a Wexner Heritage Program Fellow,  is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization and is very active in the tech community. He was a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award and serves on the boards of a number of charity and business organizations including the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), LA Chamber of Commerce, USC Marshall Partners, Junior Achievement of Southern California and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the USC Marshall School of Business and has been featured in numerous publications including Fortune Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Business Journal. Additionally, Mr. Nikkhoo is a partner at a venture fund focused on investing in emerging technology companies and serves on the boards of several technology companies.

He received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, and his B.S. in Engineering from McGill University in Montreal. He is a General Securities Principal licensed with FINRA/SIPC (formerly NASD).

Dan Chen, Managing Director

Siemer & Associates, Los Angeles

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Dan Chen brings to Siemer & Associates over 15 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 acquirors 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 acquirors 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).

Hussein Kanji, Managing Director

Siemer & Associates, London

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Hussein is one of S&A’s senior representatives in London, working in partnership with Rob Kniaz and the rest of S&A’s professionals across business development activities and the execution of client mandates in the European market. Concurrent with his role at S&A,  Hussein is a founding partner of Hoxton Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm in London he set up with Rob Kniaz.

He was an angel investor in several early stage startups including Bea’s of Bloomsbury, (acquired by Myra), GoCardless, LLUSTRE (acquired by Fab) and Signpost, and an advisor to European Leaders, (acquired by Rackspace), Jaycut (acquired by RIM) and Tarmin.

He is also an advisor to the Chairman of Eros International Plc (EROS:LN), an Indian media and entertainment company, and Different Capital, an early stage venture firm run by four former video game executives. He also helps the UK government with technology policy.

He was formerly with Accel Partners, where he focused on consumer internet, financial technology and software investments. He helped make the firm’s investments in OpenGamma, Playfish (acquired by Electronic Arts), BountyJobs, United Mobile, Dapper (acquired by Yahoo!), and held additional board observer seats at Njini (acquired by Riverbed) and The Cloud (acquired by Sky).

Hussein joined Accel from Microsoft Corporation, where he held several strategy and product management roles, and was selected to the company’s leadership program for his work building the speech recognition business.

Hussein began his career in the Bay Area, and helped found or play a key role at Safe-View (acquired by L-3), Radiance Technologies (acquired by Comcast) and Studio Verso (acquired by KPMG). Hussein holds an MBA from London Business School, where he sat on the International Alumni Board, and did his undergraduate studies in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University.

Rob Kniaz, Managing Director

Siemer & Associates, London

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Rob is one of S&A’s senior representatives in London, working in partnership with Hussein Kanji and the rest of S&A’s professionals across business development activities and the execution of client mandates in the European market. Concurrent with his role at S&A,  Rob is currently a founding partner at Hoxton Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing across Europe. He is an active board member at Campanja and Tizaro. He was also an advisor to Jaycut (acquired by RIM) and (acquired by LivingSocial).

Prior to Hoxton, Rob was formerly a member of the investments team at Fidelity Ventures in London, focusing on consumer internet and software as a service sectors. Prior to Fidelity, he was on the new business development team at Google and was previously a lead product manager for AdSense’s front-end systems. While at Google, he also launched the AdWords pay-per-action (PPA) product and was actively involved in the acquisition of Feedburner in 2008.

Rob began his career in Intel’s highly selective technical sales program where he worked to grow their entrepreneurial re-seller channel in the Federal Government vertical and later in Latin America from Bogota and Miami Beach.

Rob holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and a Masters Certificate in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

Jennifer Wilde Anderson, Vice President, Business Development

Siemer & Associates, Los Angeles

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Ms. Anderson is an integral member of the business development team at Siemer partnering with leadership to develop and implement growth strategies and manage key firm relationships. She oversees the firm’s marketing strategy and team, events and public relations.

Prior to her work with Siemer, Ms. Anderson worked in Business Affairs & Entitlements with Casden Properties, building key political and community relationships, serving as a liaison to outside counsel and shepherding projects through the entitlement process. Ms. Anderson gained extensive management, marketing, research and event production experience as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Governor Jerry Brown’s 2006 campaign for California Attorney General as well as in her role as the Assistant Midwest Regional Press Secretary for Senator John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid. Ms. Anderson honed her leadership, event production and sales skills as the Founder and Chair of The Ivy Plus Society, a social and professional networking organization which she sold after its expansion to eight major urban markets.

Ms. Anderson is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She is a member of the California State Bar and serves on the Board of Advisors for EventUp.