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Boutique Investment Bank in Silicon Valley (San Francisco Bay Area)

I'm used to working with the bulge-bracket banks, so I'm not as familiar with the small, specialty firms. I'm consulting some high tech start ups and one of them would like to retain a boutique bank to help market/manage an asset sale. This involves Silicon IP, so firms that have connections with the semiconductor industry (BRCM, QCOM, MRVL, INTC ....) and have done deals involving semiconductor IP are preferred. Please send the names of the firms and any contact person at the firm that you know. Thanks. Consulting CFO/COO

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Bryan Frey
Title: VP Finance/Corp Controller
Company:
(VP Finance/Corp Controller, ) |

As you would expect with all the venture-backed companies, there are quite a few. Some of the ones I'm most familiar with are:
Seven Hills: http://www.sevenhills.com/team/
Montgomery & Co (SoCal but work SF): http://montgomeryconference.com/
WR Hambrecht & Co: https://www.wrhambrecht.com/
There are many more via Google.

Anonymous
(Managing Director) |

Montgomery & Co. retreated from investment banking in April 2013 and downsized the firm.

For your focus on silicon IP, I suggest GrowthPoint Technology Partners in Palo Alto. John Savage and Bob Horstmeyer have a long history of working in the space. And one of their former partners is now the head of business development at Qualcomm. You can reach them at 650.322.6185.

Jack Judd
Title: Retired
Company: Retired
(Retired, Retired) |

I would encourage you to do some research on recent M&A activity in your space. When deals are announced, they almost always include the banking firm that acted as advisor. You will find many non-bulge bracket names this way.

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