Wellesley Hills Financial Announces Transformational Expansion

Firm significantly expands reach with new banking teams on the U.S. West Coast and Europe, and introduction of new Executive Advisory Group.

NEWTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wellesley Hills Financial, a Boston-based bespoke fintech and B2B software focused investment bank, is proud to announce the addition of a dedicated West Coast banking team led by Managing Director, Eddie Galvan, a veteran mergers and acquisition specialist who started his career at JP Morgan, a new Europe based team and the establishment of the first cohort of its Executive Advisory Committee.

Galvan is a seasoned fintech professional and advisor for fintech, payments, and tech-enabled businesses, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, and finance. His recent accomplishments include advising on the sale of Linga, Inc., a vertically tailored payments and point-of-sale software company, to PNC Bank. He also played an integral role in Equiem’s cross-border acquisition of SpaceOS. He will be joined by SVP, David Gutterman, and Senior Analyst, Ivan Martinez.

Wellesley Hills Financial is also onboarding a banking team in mainland Europe for EU and UK coverage. The team will be led by Tom Schapira, a 20 plus year veteran of the fintech industry and founder of the merchant bank Imagine Capital Group. Tom is ex-FIS, SunGard, Kearney and Accenture FS Strategy. Tom will not only expand the firm’s global coverage but will enhance its services to include M&A and private placements for fintech, insuretech, real estate firms, and venture funds.

Adam T. Hark, Founder and Managing Member of Wellesley Hills Financial commented on the additions, “On the cusp of our third year anniversary, I could not be more excited about our growth trajectory and the opportunities that lie ahead for our clients. The addition of Eddie Galvan and his team, and Tom Schapira, will immediately bolster our reach and global capabilities, and help meet the demand we continue to receive from the lower middle market. This expansion is a transformational event for our firm.”

Focused on accelerated growth, Wellesley Hills Financial also announced the establishment of its first class of Executive Advisors, a duo of industry heavyweights which will help expand the firm’s exposure, further attest to its credibility, and unlock new business opportunities. The inaugural members bring deep domain experience and expertise in payments technology, merchant acquiring, gaming, e-commerce and blockchain infrastructure.

With over 40 years of fintech experience, Mike Peters is a seasoned executive in the U.S. acquiring market. He began his career with Dun & Bradstreet, and over the last 25 years, has held senior level sales and executive leadership roles with First Data, Chase Paymentech, TransFirst, and President of TSYS Acquiring Services. He most recently served as President & CEO of Get Beyond.

Wayne Johnson is a leading sell-side equity research analyst covering fintech, payments and tech-enabled software for approximately 20 years at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (now Truist) and Raymond James. For the last five years he has been engaged in management and strategic consulting.

“The new Executive Advisory Group will provide us with new opportunities to unlock benefits for fintech and payment technology firms looking for assistance on valuations, merger and acquisition support, growth capital, or other investment related services,” said O.B. Rawls, Partner and Executive Director of Wellesley Hills Financial. He added, “Having two renowned payments and fintech experts as our initial members will add immediate value to us and our clients.”

About Wellesley Hills Financial

Wellesley Hills Financial is a specialized investment bank focused on fintech, payments technology, and software for unique end markets. The firm offers end-to-end investment banking services for owners and management teams with a particular focus on companies with enterprise values between $25mm to $300mm. Core services include mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, financial modeling, restructurings, and valuations. For more information follow them on LinkedIn or visit https://www.wellesleyhillsfinancial.com/.


Anthony Malatesta – Managing Director