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Scott B. Patten, CPA

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Scott B. Patten, CPA


Managing Director



Mr. Patten serves Ascendiant Capital Markets as a Managing Director in the firm’s Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Advisory practice, and is responsible for identifying investment opportunities for Ascendiant Capital Fund, L.P.

Mr. Patten has twenty years of experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, business management and accounting.  As Vice President of the #1 deal team at Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., Mr. Patten marketed, structured, and negotiated M&A and corporate finance transactions on behalf of client companies, and strategic and institutional investors.  Mr. Patten served in a similar capacity at FMI Corporation, where he provided corporate finance consulting and investment banking services to companies with enterprise values ranging from $5 million to $250 million.

In addition to his background in investment banking, Mr. Patten has held several executive management positions with operating businesses.  Mr. Patten served as Chief Financial Officer of The Blue Sky Group, Inc., a private equity firm, and he provided leadership to Blue Sky’s portfolio companies in various management and finance roles.  Mr. Patten led turnaround and recapitalization efforts, and implemented strategies across a diverse mix of businesses to grow revenues and profitability, and improve efficiencies.  This unique blend of transaction and operational experience provides Mr. Patten with significant insight and perspective when helping clients achieve their business and financial goals.

Mr. Patten earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina.  He maintains FINRA Series 63 and 79 securities registrations, and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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