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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Kenneth Marlin

< Fintech's Most Powerful Dealmakers of 201620. Kenneth MarlinManaging PartnerMarlin & AssociatesLast year: 22

In common with Matthew Harris of Bain Capital Ventures (No. 2), Kenneth Marlin draws lessons and inspiration from military history. The founder and managing partner of technology-focused investment banking boutique Marlin & Associates has put his philosophy into a book, The Marine Corps Way to Win on Wall Street, published August 30. He doesn’t miss a chance to drive home the relevance of Marine principles, ranging from “take the long view” to “luck is not a plan.” He asserts: “There’s a better way to run Wall Street. We advise CEOs and boards of directors and see businesses from a lot of different perspectives. Why can’t people run businesses using some basic principles?” All indications are that Marlin’s New York–based firm has thrived on his principles: Since inception in 2002 it has advised on more than 200 transactions in 26 countries. Although it covers health care and other IT-driven sectors, the firm is particularly active in financial services. “We’re in the early phases of technology being a disrupter, and it’s not happening without some bumps,” observes Marlin, a onetime Dun & Bradstreet and Veronis Suhler Stevenson deal maker. For one disruptive fintech client, market-data cloud company Xignite, Marlin & Associates served as strategic and financial adviser on a $20.5 million Series C financing in February, led by Nikkei Group’s QUICK Corp. According to Marlin, Silicon Valley–based Xignite turned to his firm for its ability to help with a partnership arrangement to expand in Asia. In October, Marlin advised Phoenix-based payments software company BillingTree on a recapitalization with private equity firm Parthenon Capital Partners, eliciting a testimonial from BillingTree CEO Edgars Sturans: “Marlin & Associates understood our industry, our company and the myriad of complex issues that must be navigated in order to complete a successful, strategic transaction.” Besides payments — an industry Marlin calls “a spaghetti factory” in need of simplification and rationalization — he is focusing on big data and its potential for business and market intelligence. “It’s about sucking in massive amounts of data from internal and external sources, integrating the data and then trying to understand it,” he says.


 The 2016 Fintech Finance 35 Click below to view profiles
1. Jonathan KorngoldGeneral Atlantic2. Matthew HarrisBain Capital Ventures3. Jane GladstoneEvercore Partners4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures5. Steven McLaughlinFinancial Technology Partners6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean ParkAnthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners9. Darren CohenGoldman Sachs Group10. Hans MorrisNyca Partners11. Meyer (Micky) MalkaRibbit Capital12. Maria GotschPartnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry SilbertDigital Currency Group14. Jay ReinemannPropel Venture Partners15. Mariano BelinkySantander InnoVentures16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSenaSenaHill Partners17. François RobinetAXA Strategic Ventures18. Vanessa ColellaCiti Ventures
19. Michael SchleinAccion International20. Kenneth MarlinMarlin & Associates21. Rumi MoralesCME Ventures22. Alastair (Alex) RampellAndreessen Horowitz23. Steve GibsonEuclid Opportunities24. Fabian VandenreydtSWIFT
25. Vladislav SolodkiyLife.SREDA26. Gardiner Garrard IIITTV Capital27. Nektarios LioliosStartupbootcamp Fintech28. Lawrence WintermeyerInnovate Finance29. Bina KalolaBank of America Merrill Lynch30. Hyder JaffreyFintech Innovation
31. Calvin ChoiAMTD Group32. Janos BarberisFinTech
Hong Kong33. Jalak JobanputraFuture Perfect Ventures34. Sopnendu MohantyMonetary Authority of Singapore35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund