Searcy Dryden

Searcy Dryden is a Managing Director and Head of the Verticalized Software, Data Analytics investment banking group. Prior to Cowen, he was the Managing Partner at Portico (joining in 2001) where he managed Portico’s global Software, Data, and Analytics practice. In addition, Searcy directed the firm’s strategy and expansion. Prior to joining Portico, he worked…

Tom Burton

Tom Burton is a Director on the Verticalized Software, Data Analytics investment banking team. Prior to Cowen, he was a Director at Portico (joining in 2012) where he focused on data, analytics, and software companies across Europe. Prior to Portico, Tom was an Associate at Moelis Company, and worked at Merrill Lynch on their…

Rick Northrop

Rick Northrop is Vice Chair of the Verticalized Software, Data Analytics investment banking team. Prior to Cowen, he was the Executive Chairman and Founder of Portico (founding the firm in 2000) and was the firm’s Managing Partner through the end of 2019. He also served as Co-Head of the Executive Committee. Rick advised on…

Andrew Fusselbaugh

Andrew Fusselbaugh is a Director on the Verticalized Software, Data Analytics investment banking team. Prior to Cowen, he was a Director at Portico (joining in 2017) where he executed nearly $2 billion in transactions across all of the firm’s software, data, and analytics verticals with a specific focus on automotive and transportation technology. Prior…

Matt Assad

Matt Assad is a Director on the Verticalized Software, Data Analytics investment banking team. Prior to Cowen, he was a Director at Portico (joining in 2019) where he was involved in multiple cross-border sell-side processes, buy-side mandates, and committed acquisition financings representing more than $5 billion of Enterprise Value. Prior to Portico, Matt served…

Giles Roshier

Giles Roshier is a Managing Director of the Verticalized Software, Data Analytics investment banking group. Prior to Cowen, he was a Partner and Managing Director (joining in 2012) where he led the UK-based team in all transactions across Europe. Throughout his career, Giles has worked on numerous disposals, mergers, acquisitions, carve-outs, hostile takeovers, and defenses. Prior…

Marina Palermo

Marina Palermo is a Director on the Verticalized Software, Data Analytics investment banking team. Prior to Cowen, she was a Director at Portico (joining in 2017) where she closed almost a dozen sell-side and buy-side deals in industrial software, automotive, risk compliance, financial services, and intellectual property information. Prior to joining Portico, Marina worked…

Casey Hofmeister

Casey Hofmeister is a Managing Director of theVerticalized Software, Data Analytics investment banking group.Prior to Cowen, he was a Partner at Portico (joining in 2003) where he focused on companies in the risk compliance and marketing sectors across all industries, often in the financial services vertical. During his career, Casey has closed several…

Eric Denlinger

Eric Denlinger is a Managing Director of theVerticalized Software, Data Analytics investment banking group. Prior to Cowen, he was a Partner at Portico (joining in 2006) where he led the firm’s coverage of selected vertical markets, such as Automotive Technology. Eric has executed mergers acquisitions and financing transactions totaling more than $30 billion…

Sara Schad, Ph.D

Dr. Schad joined Cowen Healthcare Investments in October 2021 and researches novel therapeutic and diagnostic approaches employed by biotechnology and healthcare companies. Dr. Schad received her Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbial Pathology from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, where her work was focused on identifying and characterizing novel T cell phenotypes within the…

Lawrence Leibowitz

Mr. Leibowitz is the President and board member of Crux Informatics, a data operations service that adopts data supply chains, ensuring they mature into cohesive, stable, and performant systems.

J. Derrick Wood

Derrick Wood joined Cowen in April 2016 and covers the enterprise software sector, including SaaS and big data/analytics.

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