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2017 M&A Advisor

Mr. David A. Kakareka Receives 2017 Emerging Leaders Award

Chicago, Illinois (June 29, 2017) – Jordan, Knauff & Company (“JKC”), an investment banking firm based in Chicago, Illinois, is pleased to announce that Mr. David A. Kakareka, Vice President, has been selected as a 2017 Emerging Leader in the U.S. by The M&A Advisor. The Emerging Leaders Awards celebrate developing industry leaders in mergers and acquisitions, financing and restructuring who have reached a significant level of success and made a notable contribution to their industry and community before the age of 40. Mr. Kakareka was chosen for his accomplishments and expertise by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.

“The Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards was born as the 40 Under 40 Awards in the United States in 2010. With the expansion of the Emerging Leaders program to the United Kingdom and Europe in 2016, the 2017 U.S. award winners join a truly global network of outstanding young professionals. It is our belief that the Emerging Leader Award winners will continue to have a significant effect on the advancement of our industry,” said Mr. David Fergusson, President and Co-chief Executive Officer of The M&A Advisor.

“Mr. Kakareka has been a meaningful contributor to our firm’s achievements over the past few years. Due to his personal growth and hard work, he has become a leading team member and plays an important co-leader role in the execution of many of the firm’s transactions. Our clients have consistently been complimentary of his work ethic, responsiveness, quality of work product and integrity,” commented Mr. G. Cook Jordan, Jr., Managing Principal and Co-founder of JKC.

Mr. Kakareka has more than ten years of experience in investment banking working on transactions in the building products, packaging, real estate and energy distribution industries. Since joining the firm in 2006, his professional expertise has grown to include full support and co-leadership of all aspects of a business sale or capital raise project. Mr. Kakareka works closely with clients on the development of various selling strategies, company valuations, financial modeling, confidential information memoranda and legal documentation.

On Tuesday, September 19th, The M&A Advisor will host a black tie Awards Gala at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to introduce the Emerging Leaders Award winners and celebrate their achievements.

About Jordan, Knauff & Company

Jordan, Knauff & Company is a knowledgeable and experienced provider of a comprehensive line of investment banking services to private companies. Services include mergers and acquisitions advisory, debt and equity capital formation and strategic financial advisory services to companies in a variety of industries. Typical transaction sizes range from $10 million to $300 million in total consideration.

Mr. G. Cook Jordan, Jr., Co-founder and Managing Principal of JKC, has over 28 years of private equity and investment banking experience, and seven years of executive and operations experience in middle-market companies. JKC’s entire professional team have spent their careers in the middle-market and offer that expertise and knowledge to our clients. To learn more about Jordan, Knauff & Company, please visit or contact Mr. Jordan at or 312-254-5901. Jordan, Knauff & Company is a member of FINRA.

About The M&A Advisor

The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions activities. Over the past eighteen years, through research, reporting, publishing and summits, they have established and serve a premier network of mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and finance professionals. In addition, The M&A Advisor is the preeminent organization recognizing excellence, honoring achievement, presenting thought leadership and facilitating connections among the world’s leading deal making professionals. To learn more about the company’s services visit