Our Mission

Our reputation in the technology M&A sector goes before us and our team includes technology savvy professionals, led by senior M&A specialists with extensive deal making experience, strong connections to key decision makers looking to buy tech companies internationally.

Transactional Know-How

Working in M&A since the 1980s has given us a solid foundation to manage complex transactions and harsh negotiations which has resulted in over 100 successful transactions.

Industry Knowledge

Thanks to our extensive work across the Fuse 3 Group, we have a first hand understanding of the technology sector, whether looking for financing or looking to sell. This gives us a unique position to manage transactions no matter how complex.

Proven Success

With a portfolio of over 100 M&A transactions totalling 1 billion, we understand that each transaction has it’s own intricacies and parameters, so we take a hands on approach to ensure the very best outcome for your company. With M&A veterans at your disposal and a team of tech savvy salesmen, our clients are always impressed with the end result.

Meet our team

Mark Eisenstadt – Chairman

Mark is a serial entrepreneur, with a media technology background. At VNU in the 80’s, he worked on Computing and then ran a trade tech portfolio of Datalink & Infomatics and consumer computing magazines and events (including the biggest ever weekly launch; Personal Computer News, working with Felix Dennis). Independently, he launched the first in store computer games promotional video business.

He then ran an NM Rothchild backed venture, was Publishing Director at Reed Healthcare before launching A&M Publishing; a healthcare media and BI business sold in 2002 to J Wiley for £12M.

He has sold numerous tech businesses including; Futurum (AI), TowerXchange, Layer123, Trusted Reviews, Telcap (ITW), Carson Systems (web apps & design) & Bit-Tech. Mark advises several privately owned companies on the right long-term growth strategy linked to attracting maximum exit values at the right time. His main niche is technology growth areas such as; Blockchain, Bitcoin, SEO and AI.

Paul Slight – Chief Executive

Paul has enjoyed a fulfilling career in technology & media M&A for over thirty years where he has managed over 100 tech & media transactions totalling c.£1Bln.

His enthusiasm for the technology & media sector was first sparked when he joined city investment bank Henry Ansbacher as associate, in the late 80’s, working in their TMT M&A division. Paul subsequently co-founded two TMT M&A practices: The St James Partnership in 1992 and subsequently Fusion in 2002 to focus on TMT transactions.

Paul’s expertise lies in private entrepreneurial sales, PE exits, corporate divestitures and he has managed the sale of several tech businesses, including: Magicalia, MIREC, Industry Dynamics, Digital Spy, eConsultancy.

To further fuel his passion for media & tech, Paul founded an incubator in 2000 and he continues to actively advise early stage startups on investment strategies and M&A.

Ifti Akbar – Director, Origination

Ifti Akbar channels his abilities in the disruptive world of tech, where he arbitrates technology sales and acquisitions.

With his entrepreneurial mind-set, Ifti always looks for creative ways to disrupt the status quo, which lead to co-founding Fuse3 Venture Debt Brokerage, that his partner Russell Lerman heads up and boasts being the leading brokerage in venture debt for tech companies.

In 2006, Ifti and Russell first joined forces to oversee the then start-up Envido, as the Co-managing director. They took it from a bootstrapping self-funded start-up to a multimillion pound company which they then sold to Scottish Equity Partners backed business Vital Energi, seven years later.

One of Ifti’s first projects found him running the technology focused arm of Adecco in 2002, where he was given the task of launching their new brand People Direct across the UK and Central Eastern Europe. He grew the 4-man team to six branches including setting up offices in CEE that held clients such as Citi Group, CMC Markets, PWC, SCEE and more.

Paul Kelly – M&A Director

With a commercial background in TMT, Paul specialises in business sales and restructuring.

Paul has had an impressive range of senior management roles since the 90’s that include Thomson Reuters, Euromoney Institutional Investor, Mintel and BreakingViews. He also founded (and later sold) technology company Data Communications and has worked in and with several tech start-ups.

Paul has worked as an M&A advisor for the past 12 years. His passion for tech sees him actively working with private clients selling their businesses, corporate clients making divestitures and with private equity clients looking to exit portfolio businesses.

Russell Lerman – M&A Director

Russell is an entrepreneur who left school at 16 with few qualifications and spent his early years working working in the automotive industry, culminating in completing a large sale & leaseback deal at the age of 20. This followed a move into the IT sector in early 2000 and from 2004 – 2006 a 2 year period living and working in Asia.

At the age of 21 Russell started his property investment activities, which he still maintains today. And in 2014, Russell advised NHS CFO’s on off-balance sheet debt finance to fund ESCO projects.

In 2006, Russell and Ifti Akbar first joined forces to oversee the then carbon reduction start-up, Envido, as Managing Director. They took it from a bootstrapping self-funded start-up to a multimillion pound company which they then sold to Scottish Equity Partners backed business Vital Energi, seven years later. Securing debt played a big part for Russell & Ifti achieving their exit and the idea to create Fuse3 was born.

With this in mind, he teamed up with Ifti Akbar, to co-found and run the successful technology debt brokerage, Fuse3, where he has successfully secured loans between £1m – £10m for over 200 companies in the last 5 years.

He is passionate about technology businesses whether VC backed or owner managed and believes that with the correct funding, anything is possible.

Anabel Feria Dominguez – Senior Investment Analyst

Showcasing a wide and varied career in accounting spanning over a decade, Ana is a diligent and proficient investment analyst.

Originally from Spain, Ana has held significant accounting positions in Spain, Malta and the UK, where she has worked in the field of International Cooperation, in projects financed by grants and loans from bilateral and multilateral international development organizations, including the United Nations (UN), the European Commission (EC) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Directorate General for Development Cooperation (MAE-DGCS).

Ana heads up the Finance Departments at Fuse3 and is responsible for overseeing Due Diligence Analysis, Investment Applications, Implementation of Analytical and Management Models, Analytical Review and Investment Consultancy.

Dorian Kouider – Analyst

With a keen eye for numbers, Dorian heads up the Analytics Department at Fuse3, where he appraises and analyses companies seeking private funding from international lenders.

Originally from France, Dorian holds a masters degree in Finance from Grenoble Graduate School of Management (IAE), he brings a European perspective and approach to managing clients and lenders requirements.

His prior engagements include working at Safran, the Aerospace, Electrics and Power Plant in 2016, as the Finance Business Partner for the UK and US Programme. In 2015, Dorian was the International Financial Controller at Cegid, a global B2B SaaS provider. And In 2013 he completed a stint as the Financial Controller for the French retailer SAMSE.

Angus McKechnie – Digital Marketing Manager

An engineer by profession, Angus’ mathematical critical thinking led him to delve into the data world of digital marketing.

Angus first worked as a design engineer for a OEM manufacturer, where he quickly discovered his passion for digital and made the move to a marketing agency as a marketing technology specialist. From there he set up his own digital consultancy and worked on data driven projects for software startups. He joined Fuse3 as Digital Marketing Manager in 2017 where he executes data led digital marketing campaigns.

Amy Sheridan – Research Manager

Educated in Luxembourg, Amy entered the public sector working for the European Investment Bank upon graduation. With her strong communications skills, she was responsible for the Bank’s lending communications strategy and delivery in developing regions.

Amy has gone on to lead an extensive career in marketing communications, events management, media content and public engagement. In 2014, she moved back to the UK where she became part of the communications team at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex.

Ellie Luk – Head of Marketing

A marketing enthusiast, Ellie is firm but patient in controlling and executing marketing communications, building B2B alliances and developing multi-channel customer strategies.

Having lived for almost a decade in Hong Kong, the Asian capital of customer service excellence and a city that is permanently ‘online’, Ellie has acquired a high standard in communicating to internal and external stakeholders, whilst embracing the digital marketing revolution.

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