Founded by Frank Quattrone in 2008, Qatalyst Partners is a
boutique advisory firm that focuses on M&A deals in the tech
space. Quattrone, a former Credit Suisse First Boston banker, was
hailed as king of the tech IPO during the late 1990s; he helped
take Amazon, Cisco and others public in well-received offerings.
But his star fell in 2004 when he was infamously convicted for
obstructing justice and encouraging the destruction of documents
being sought by a grand jury and the SEC. However, later, a federal
appeals court overturned the charges, allowing the former head of
CSFB's tech banking practice to jump back into the banking game.
Quattrone's new role, as CEO of his own firm, has treated him well.
Qatalyst, in its few short years in business, has been able to nab
some of the biggest tech deals to hit the Street. The firm worked
on Palm's $1.2 billion sale to Hewlett-Packard in April 2010 and
Texas Instruments' $6.5 billion acquisition of National
Semiconductor in April 2011. In addition, Qatalyst, which has just
47 employees, can count Google as one of its clients. In fact,
during the first three months of 2011, Qatalyst worked on more
deals worth more than $1 billion than any other bank on Wall Street
aside from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.