Mr. Marren is the President and Chief Executive Officer of KStone Partners LLC. Mr. Marren’s career as an investment banking professional gives him unique insights into mergers, acquisitions, and private equity investing through a broad range of financial structures and securities. For more than 23 years, he has specialized in identifying attractive investment opportunities for corporations, financial sponsors and entrepreneurs and assisting in the execution of M&A transactions.
Prior to joining KStone Partners, Mr. Marren was a Managing Director and Head of the Strategic Opportunities Group at Sagent Advisors, a privately-owned M&A advisory boutique based in New York City. Previously, Mr. Marren had been Managing Director and Global Head – M&A Business Development at Citigroup Global Markets and Credit Suisse First Boston, and Managing Director and Head of the Business Development Group at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette.
Prior to joining Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Mr. Marren worked at The Bridgeford Group, Prudential Securities and Kidder Peabody & Co. He led, or was a senior professional, in the business development efforts for the M&A groups at these firms.
Before moving to Wall Street in 1985, Mr. Marren worked for six years at American Maize-Products Company, a diversified publicly-traded conglomerate. He was directly involved in business development activities there. Mr. Marren began his career in 1976 at Price Waterhouse & Co.
Mr. Marren has taught a course in Mergers & Acquisitions as an Adjunct Professor at New York University Stern School of Business. He is the author of “Mergers & Acquisitions: A Valuation Handbook” and “Mergers & Acquisitions: Will You Overpay?”
He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the College of William & Mary, a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. He is a member of the New York State Bar.