Russell Warren has expertise in U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, exit strategies for private company owners, corporate divestitures, leveraged buyouts and business valuations. He has advised clients on more than 200 mid-market mergers and acquisitions in nearly all manufacturing sectors including: automotive, electronics, industrial and medical equipment. He has also led transactions involving companies in distribution, food and consumer products, building materials, transportation, business-to-business services and financial services. He joined EdgePoint in 2008, when it acquired The TransAction Group, which Russ founded in 1987. Previously, he was Partner-in-Change of Merger & Acquisition Services for Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young).
Russ was president of the Association for Corporate Growth, an international organization of 14,000 merger and acquisition professionals, and is past president of M&A International, Inc. — an alliance of 42 merger and acquisition advisory firms in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has written articles for, and has been a featured participant in, industry roundtables published by Mergers & Acquisitions.
Russ is a member of the Visiting Committee of Case School of Engineering and a Trustee Emeritus of Case Western Reserve. A trustee and past President of the Town Hall of Cleveland Speaker Series, he is a member of Harvard Business School Alumni Board and a Trustee of the Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio. He also is a trustee of the Dunham Tavern Museum and past trustee of the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Russ holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in electrical engineering from Case Institute of Technology. He is a registered representative, with Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses and a certified public accountant (inactive). Listed in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in the World, in 2001 he received the Lifetime Achievement Dealmaker Award from the Association for Corporate Growth.
EdgePoint Capital Advisors, LLC is a FINRA registered investment bank serving the middle market M & A and corporate finance needs of private and public companies. In the last 2 years (2012 and 2011) the firm closed 28 transactions for its clients, which ranged from family business to General Electric Company. EdgePoint is a member firm of AICA, the Alliance of International Corporate Advisors with members throughout the America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and the firm has closed 20 cross border transactions.