Jay Antenen is a senior editor for the Mergermarket Group in New York where he helps oversee coverage for Dealreporter and Mergermarket. Jay has covered financial services and financial technology M&A and capital raising since 2007. He received a BA in philosophy, politics & economics from Pomona College.
Josh is a Principal at American Family Ventures and is responsible for sourcing and structuring early growth investments and supporting portfolio companies. He helped launch AFV in 2013, which has since invested more than $60M in 40 companies. Prior to joining American Family, Josh worked in digital sports media, healthcare IT and emergency management. He holds an MBA and an MS in human-computer interaction from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Inaki is cofounder and CEO of CoverWallet, a tech startup reinventing insurance for small businesses. CoverWallet started in 2015 and has raised $10M from top VCs. Before he was cofounder and CEO of Contactive, a big data platform acquired by Thinkingphones. Prior to that he was cofounder and CEO of Pixable (50 employees, 10 million users), a tech startup acquired for $30MM by SingTel. He has also worked at McKinsey and Microsoft. Inaki completed Master and PhD degrees in Engineering at Cambridge University (UK), an MBA at MIT, and spent two years as a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University.
Kurt E. Karl is a Managing Director and head of Swiss Re’s Economic Research and Consulting. As such, he is the editor of sigma, Swiss Re’s insurance industry research publication. In addition, he supports Swiss Re’s strategic planning and provides internal consulting on products and economic risks. Before becoming the overall head of ER&C, Dr. Karl was for 11 years the head of the North American unit of ER&C. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Dr. Karl was chief international economist at WEFA, Inc., an economic forecasting firm located near Philadelphia. He has a B.A. from the University of Oregon, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Ram is a Partner at KPMG LLP in the United States and is the Global Head of Insurance Deal Advisory services for KPMG International. Ram provides mergers, acquisitions & divestitures related deal advisory and strategy advisory services to global insurance companies. His clients include several market leading Global and U.S. Fortune 500 insurance companies in the life, non-life and investment management businesses. During his career, Ram has worked at KPMG’s financial services industry groups in New York, London, Singapore and Dubai. Ram holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Bombay, and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Ed Mullane is TMT sector editor for The Mergermarket Group, heading up coverage for the Mergermarket and Dealreporter products. He has been reporting for the news service since 2006, covering M&A, activism and regulatory matters. Ed has been writing on business and technology since 1986, both as a journalist and as an analyst. He has reported, analyzed and written and participated in the Internet's boom-bust cycle in the late 1990s, written on many of the ups and downs in venture capital business and covered the raise of high-yield bond market and its impact on M&A over the decades.
Alon Neches leads the Corporate Development group at AIG, which oversees strategic transactions for the firm globally. During his career at AIG, Alon has held several leadership positions, including Chief Investment Officer of AIG’s North American Commercial portfolio and Senior Managing Director in Global Capital Markets. Prior to AIG, Alon was a member of the Special Investments Management Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he represented the Fed on a broad range of transactions and initiatives relating to their investment in AIG. He began his career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, where he structured and executed strategic transactions across several industries. Alon graduated from Duke University with a BS in economics and earned a JD from Harvard Law School.
Gary Reader is KPMG’s Global Head of Insurance. His career with KPMG has spanned over 30 years, 27 of which have been focused on the insurance sector – as an audit partner, consulting partner, and most recently as a markets partner. In addition to his global leadership role, Gary is a member of the European leadership team and the global lead partner for one of the largest insurers in the world. Gary is responsible for supporting all efforts to maximize presence in the global insurance marketplace, identifying and closing advisory opportunities. His personal delivery experience lies in the area of financial management services, and having set up the financial management practice in the UK he has led a number of financial transformation projects for the firms’ insurance clients and has lived and worked in the UK, Switzerland and the US. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science from the City University of London.
Tony Torre heads the Corporate Development and Mergers & Acquisitions team and is responsible for acquisition and divestiture activity across Prudential’s business units. Torre joined Prudential in 1987 and started the M&A Group in October of 1996. The Group has executed over 95 transactions, in 10 countries with an aggregate value of over $23 billion. Torre has a B.S. in accounting from Boston College and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.