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Telecom, Media and Technology

Young America Capital is a nationally-recognized broker-dealer and investment bank with 35 highly experienced professionals who provide companies and investors with advisory services across a focused range of disciplines. With deep industry and transactional experience spanning over 30 years, our advisory team is acutely aware of the continuous innovation occurring in the media, technology and telecommunications landscape. We focus our advisory on proprietary, independent and sound advice, first class execution and superior results by understanding transformative industry dynamics.

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Our cumulative industry experience and advisory expertise enables us to customize innovative transactional and strategic solutions for the clients we serve. Our team has an extensive track record in exclusive sale advisory and buy-side transactions. We seek to leverage our senior level industry relationships and analytical expertise to identify and articulate transactional synergies that maximize value in the sell-side process. We also advise on the acquisition and sale of distressed businesses and assets, including identifying opportunities across sectors, including hardware, software and infrastructure, for value enhancing consolidation opportunities.


Our professionals have a high degree of market insight having lead consumer and retail sell-side capital markets teams at bulge bracket institutions over more than 20 years. We have extensive experience in the placement of private equity and debt leveraging a wide network of both retail and institutional clients. Capital is typically deployed to finance growth initiatives, make strategic transactions, provide liquidity to shareholders, and to restructure or stabilize the capital structure.


Maintaining a high level of confidentiality, we have served as advisors to boards and special committees on a wide range of options, especially with regard to strategic solutions that will minimize potential losses and provide a suitable recovery structure for the client, fund managers, and secured lenders.


With extensive IPO and secondary transaction experience, we work with management teams to form a comprehensive strategy to articulate positioning and differentiation that results in heightened investor appreciation of the story and thus increasing value and impact in the institutional investor market.


We provide Fairness Opinions under FINRA Rule 5150 relating to transactions between affiliated entities wherein conflicts of interest could arise between related parties.




Peter Formanek, CPA, Managing Principal

Peter has 30+ years experience advising fund managers, family offices and companies. He was a Financial Analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and Spear, Leeds & Kellogg, and CFO and Business Development at Southern Cross Latin America Private Equity Funds.  He has participated in capital raises for early stage companies in the fields of healthcare SaaS, drug development, medical devices, and has advised life sciences venture fund managers in their fund capital raise process.   Peter received his BS in Accounting, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Bridgeport.  FINRA licenses 7, 24, 28, 63, 79 and 99.

Jeffrey Gold, Managing Director

Jeffrey has 30+ years investment banking experience in publishing, media, food, beverage and health care.  Jeffrey served for 20 years as Chairman of the US subsidiary of The Quarto Group, a publicly held book-publishing company focused on acquisitions.  Jeff was EVP & CFO of Esquire, a NYSE-listed publishing, technology and communications company.  He was EVP in charge of corporate development & strategic planning for its Simon & Schuster, where he facilitated the acquisition of Prentice-Hall.  Jeffrey was VP and Corporate Controller of National Patent Development (Wright Investors' Service). He began his career at Main Hurdman (KPMG).  Jeffrey has a BBA from Pace University.  FINRA licenses 79 and 63.

Michael Kuntz, Managing Director

Michael has 28 years of experience working with emerging companies, raising over $1.0 billion in equity capital for both public and private companies. In addition to investment banking Michael held positions as CFO/COO for three early stage, start-up companies in the online content, software integration and broadband delivery industries. Michael received his BS in finance from Boston College and his MBA from Duke University. FINRA licenses Series 7, 63, 79.

Sasson Posner, Managing Director

Sasson has originated, structured and distributed structured credit and structured insurance/reinsurance products throughout his career at Centre Re, Lehman Brothers, Willis Re, and Deutsche Bank, where he was most recently for the last 10 years and was a managing director at the Pension & Insurance Risk Markets group. Sasson holds a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago. FINRA licenses 7, 63, 24.

Zachary Smith, Vice President of Investment Banking

Zach supports the investment banking team and client management processes.  Prior experience includes an investment banking support role at Elara Securities, an investor relations role at SecLingua (healthcare cyber-security), and a consumer products development and marketing role at Jarden Corporation.  Zach holds a BS in Business Administration, and an MBA in Marketing and Financial Management from Lynn University. FINRA licenses 7 and 63.

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