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April 2017


 Meet Matt Ahart

  Associate Partner

  This month, Transom welcomes Matt Ahart as Associate Partner. Matt will assist financial services clients with strategy development, growth initiatives, process design and optimization, and organizational transformation.

With nearly twenty years of experience working with global banks and insurance companies, Matt has expertise in corporate strategy, M&A, operations, risk management, project management, and information technology. He has deep domain knowledge in vendor management, outsourcing / offshoring, operations management, metrics, contact centers, and operational risk management. Matt has also co-founded several consumer internet start-ups and worked as a practicing patent attorney.

Matt received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law and Bachelor’s in Physics from Princeton University.

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April 11, 2017

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In China, Starbucks is Offering Health Insurance to a Surprising Group of People


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Banking, Lending & Payments

Bank of America, JPMorgan and the Battle for Small-Business Clients

March 12, 2017

While earnings growth was stable in the past two years, according to the Small Business Credit Survey released Tuesday, sales gains shrank as close to half of firms responded to financial challenges by cutting investments needed to fuel expansion…. more »

Awash in Liquidity, Banks Seek Tech Solution

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Asset Management

The Myth of Shrinking Asset Managers

April 3, 2017

It’s easy to assume that the recent upheaval among asset managers would result in a much smaller industry. But that’s far from certain. Some big investment firms have certainly shrunk… more »

Why Big is Not Always Better in Asset Management

April 11, 2017

Active asset managers must learn to co-exist – not compete – with passive product providers. There is a growing recognition that passives instruments are likely to become a standard feature in global client portfolios… more »

Private Equity

Private Equity Is Raising Its Bets to Save Distressed Positions

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From Apollo Global Management LP to Bain Capital to Thomas H. Lee Partners, investors have bought hundreds of millions of dollars of debt in struggling businesses they took private… more »