Alvarez & Marsal launches proprietary technology for deal idea generation
Leading global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal’s (A&M) Global Transaction Advisory Group (TAG) has launched A&M Data Intelligence Gateway (A&M DIG), a new proprietary technology that significantly increases the speed of deal identification.
Led by A&M DIG Executive Directors Tara Bilby, and Mishelle Weinerman, along with Chief Technology Officer Joey Baruch, the technology provides private equity firms with data, for better private market intelligence, from which to make informed deal identification decisions.
A&M DIG provides a technological deal identification solution, previously absent, to best meet growing sector demand. The technology mines siloed US public and government data through open-source intelligence (OSINT) and machine learning that, when integrated with A&M’s deep operational, industry, and functional expertise, uncovers unique insights and opportunities on private companies. A&M DIG’s speed to execution combined with the firm’s data refinement and interpretation capabilities generates a previously unavailable, granular acumen into private and public companies.
Unstructured and siloed data significantly limits the ability to extract relevant patterns across industries, including competitive dynamics and company growth trajectory. A&M DIG leverages the most reliable datasets and uses entity resolution across data sources to compare companies relative to one another and identify potential deal opportunities via a customised dashboard.
Prior to leading A&M DIG, Ms. Bilby served in a relationship management role with A&M’s Private Equity Services. Weinerman’s earlier roles include serving as Founder and CEO of SecretSauce, a data system for enabling investor decision making, and working with AlphaSights, the Global Expert Network.
Previously, Baruch co-founded HuMoov, a vertical SaaS startup. He has also held distributed computing, natural language processing and big data infrastructure engineering roles at PayPal, IBM Research Labs, and Qualcomm. Mr Baruch served in the Israeli Military Special Forces. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Cornell Tech.
“Rapid deal identification and deal idea generation are common, time consuming challenges across the private equity landscape,” says Paul Aversano, a Managing Director and Global Practice Leader of A&M’s Global Transaction Advisory Group. “A&M DIG aligns with our mandate to help clients become successful investors. It extends our integrated approach across the investment lifecycle by providing private equity firms with a competitive advantage at the earliest point of the investment lifecycle.”
Bilby says: “A&M DIG was built on the firm’s operational heritage and knowledge of private equity challenges. The technology’s speed of execution is a game changer.”
Weinerman says: “A&M DIG’s ability to deliver reliable and trustworthy data is critical to successful deal idea generation now and moving forward.”