Master Your Finances Kurt Baker with Ari Fuchs

Written by on July 9, 2020

Our host, Kurtis Baker, is joined by Ari Fuchs, of the The DAK group (https://www.dakgroup.com). Where he is the Managing Director and Chief Quality Officer of the firm. He visited us and discuss mergers and acquisitions, what their business does, investing, banking, middle market and more.

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Episode Transcript :

00:28 Kurt Baker: I’m very happy to have with us this week, Ari Fuchs of The DAK Group. He is a member of the firm’s management committee as an integral part of the client’s service team where he specializes in the analysis and execution of M&A transactions, as well as equity or debt capital raises, restructuring and strategic corporate advisory services. Mr. Fuchs has more than 15 years of corporate finance experience and has advised both private and publicly-held clients and more than 75 M&A financing and restructuring transactions, totalling in excess of 1.5 billion in aggregate value.
01:07 Kurt Baker: He previously led buy and sell side M&A advisory mandates and public and private offerings, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, PIPEs, registered direct and private equity placements for middle market and small cap insurers. Prior to joining The DAK Group, he was with Duff & Phelps. Mr. Fuchs received a Bachelor of Science from Yeshiva University Sy Syms School of Business, where he was on the dean’s honor roll list. He holds a Series 7, 63 and 79 FINRA securities industry designations and has been named to New Jersey Biz’s 2018 40 Under 40 Awards Program, honoring professionals who have committed to business growth, professional excellence and their community. He’s also a recipient of the 2018 Emerging Leader Award by The M&A Advisor, an organization renowned globally for it’s recognition of leading M&A finance turnaround professionals.
02:04 Kurt Baker: Mr. Fuchs is originally from Montreal and fluent in French. I will not talk to you in French ’cause I’m gonna get lost after you say anything. [chuckle] But thank you very much for coming on today. I actually met you at a chamber event where you went through some of what you do and I thought it was very interesting and I think it’s a very important part of what business owners need to understand, even though they’re not thinking about what… We hear about M&A all the time but we typically hear about it in the news about really, really large organizations but it happens on all levels and I want you to maybe talk a little bit about what your group does and what is an M&A. What is it? What’s mergers and acquisitions? Maybe explain a little of the background of all of that for us, if you would.

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