The prestigious honor validates dealmakers’ records and enthusiasm for closing
value-creating deals, as well as taking on leadership roles at their respective organizations.
TYSONS, VA (February 27, 2023) – Ascend Capital Group (“Ascend”) is proud to announce that DJ Palmer, Managing Director at Ascend, received a 2022 Americas Rising Star Dealmaker Award from M&A Atlas during the 14th Annual Americas Growth & Deals Forum on January 19, 2023 in New York City. The Rising Star Dealmaker Award honors brilliant dealmakers for their dedication, closing value-creating transactions, excellence, and embodying fine leadership qualities to shape the future of dealmaking in the industry.
“DJ’s recognition as a recipient of the Rising Star award could not be more well-deserved,” said Eric Parekh, Managing Director at Ascend. “DJ has played a significant role in creating a new paradigm in M&A by humanizing the dealmaking process with a genuine focus on the people behind transactions. This award is a reflection of the impact he has made in our industry, at our firm, and most importantly, in our clients’ lives.”
DJ has 15 years of experience in global M&A, corporate strategy, private equity, and investment banking. He has advised on over $3 billion in deal volume across the software, technology, and services sectors. DJ’s deep M&A expertise is a result of having worked with a diverse set of organizations — from start-ups and family-owned businesses to large publicly traded organizations and global private equity funds. Prior to Ascend, he worked for District Capital Partners, Evergreen Advisors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte. He is a member of the Forbes Finance Council and the University Club of Washington, DC.
When asked what he most enjoys about his career, DJ said, “No two deals are the same, which makes every transaction unique. I love the strategic creativity involved in helping our clients simplify complex situations and navigate the myriad of moving pieces in a transaction. Every deal requires enormous discipline and rigor, and I enjoy working hand-in-hand with our clients to make 1 + 1 = 5.”
Ascend congratulates DJ and all recipients of this prestigious honor. Click here to see the full list of the 2022 M&A Atlas Americas Rising Star Dealmaker award winners.