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Avi Barak

Managing Director
Financial Services Investment Banking

Email |  Tel: +1 212 466-7908

Avi Barak is a managing director in the financial services group at Piper Sandler.

Barak advises the boards and senior management of financial institutions on strategic matters and industry trends including capital raising, mergers & acquisitions, balance sheet restructurings & optimizations, and asset/liability management. He also works with institutional clients, including private equity firms, hedge funds, and money managers in both evaluating and executing equity and debt investments in financial institutions.

Previously, he was a managing director at Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P. Prior to that, he served as an equity research analyst focused on regional and community banks and the banking industry. In 2006, Barak was recognized by Forbes.com/StarMine as the #2 stock picker for the commercial banks industry. From 2007 through 2009, Barak was the winner of the SNL Dartboard Challenge, the only three-time winner since the inception of the contest. As an analyst, Barak spoke at various bank industry conferences, and was quoted in the business news media including The Wall Street Journal, The American Banker, and SNL Financial.

Barak graduated from Cornell University with a double major in economics and psychology.

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