I am motivated by providing tailored advice to my clients each and every day – one discussion, decision and step at a time – in order to help them pursue their passions and realize their vision over the long-term.
As a member of Lincoln’s Technology, Media & Telecom Group, Matt provides merger, acquisition and capital raising advisory services to companies that sit at the intersection of technology and large industrial markets in the midst of significant disruption.
With over 16 years of middle market advisory experience, Matt has helped many companies, private equity investors, founders and management teams navigate and manage complex decisions regarding their strategic direction, capital needs and liquidity events. He specifically focuses on companies in the industrial software, internet of things (IoT) and energy technology sectors.
Prior to joining Lincoln, Matt spent his entire career at Baird, where he was most recently a Managing Director in San Francisco and helped to establish and build Baird’s technology practice for nearly a decade. Matt previously worked in Baird’s offices in both London and Milwaukee.
Matt holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has also earned a Bachelor of Science in both finance and marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Recent Transactions in Technology, Media & Telecom
Lincoln International has advised Turn/River Capital on its agreement to acquire and take private Tufin
Lincoln International has advised NextStage AM for strategic investment in Mathematic
Lincoln International has advised founders and private shareholders on the sale of Nispera to Fluence
Lincoln International has advised Perforce Software, a portfolio company of Francisco Partners and Clearlake Capital, on its agreement to acquire Puppet
Lincoln International has advised Trill Impact on raising financing for the acquisition of a majority stake in karriere tutor
Lincoln International has advised Ananki on its sale to Intel Corporation
Lincoln International has advised Verdane on raising financing for the acquisition of global marketing technology leader Papirfly Group
Perspectives featuring Matt Kessler
Looking to Europe for Insight on the Increasing Criticality of ESG in Investing
As enthusiasm for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment continues to rise, businesses and institutional investors are shifting focus to maximize the impact of purpose-driven investments and take advantage of… Read More
Fleet, Field and Asset Management Software: Convergence Creates Investment Opportunities
Maintaining equipment, vehicles and other assets while also optimizing performance of employees and the work they do is a daunting task for any organization. To address this challenge, both large… Read More
Bright Spot: The Sun Shines on Solar Energy Investment
Renewable energy generation is a growing priority for countries across the globe. In 2015, 196 parties adopted the Paris Climate Agreement and in 2021 the United Nations Framework Convention on… Read More
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