Derek Zacarias

Derek Zacarias


Derek Zacarias supports DAK’s clients in their pursuit of maximizing shareholder value across a range of strategic alternatives, including M&A and Capital Advisory Services. As a Director of the firm, he works closely with business owners to bring them the benefit of his deep financial acumen and comprehensive industry knowledge to ensure clients maximize the value of the businesses they have spent so much time building.

Mr. Zacarias brings over a decade of experience in investment banking across a wide array of industries. Prior to joining DAK, Mr. Zacarias was as a Director with Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP), a diversified Boutique Investment Bank, in both their New York and Chicago offices.

During his tenure at PWP, Mr. Zacarias worked on wide range of M&A, capital structure advisory, and strategic advisory transactions representing value in excess of $10 billion. He was most recently a member of the Global Industrials team with broad responsibilities covering the Automotive sector. And previously, he was a member of the TMT team with a particular emphasis on Media & Telecom for PWP.

Mr. Zacarias holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. In his spare time, he likes to practice his photography, hike, and travel internationally with his wife.

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    Derek Zacarias Thought Leadership

    2024 Outlook for Founder-Owned Business/Middle Market M&A

    Director Derek Zacarias joins Greg Hawver, host of the Deal-by-Deal podcast for an insightful exploration into the potential trajectory of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) over ...
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    Max Value For Your Client’s Largest Asset

    In the world of mergers and acquisitions, trusted advisors such as attorneys, accountants, and wealth managers play a pivotal role. Their expertise is sought after ...
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    3-Part Framework: How to decide to sell your business or expand?

    In today’s business climate, standing still is rarely a recipe for success. This reality has spurred considerable mergers and acquisitions activity across the Region. More ...
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    Panel Discussion: Sell-Side Readiness: 5 Key Takeaways

    Panel Discussion: Sell-Side Readiness: 5 Key Takeaways
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    Interview with Paul Diesu, CEO of Forerunner Technologies, Inc.

    DAK’s Director, Derek Zacarias sat with Forerunner’s CEO, Paul Diesu, about the Telecom Industry, Trends & His Own Growth Strategy
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    VCI – Emergency Vehicle Specialists recapitalized by Tightrope Capital & NewSpring Capital

    VCI is the preeminent full lifecycle sales and service provider of emergency ambulance solutions to first aid squads, EMS organizations, fire departments, hospital organizations, municipalities, and private medical transport companies in the Mid-Atlantic Region. VCI was recapitalized by private equity firms Tightrope Capital Partners and NewSpring Capital.

    DAK led a competitive, sell-side process for VCI, generating multiple offers from a wide range of strategic buyers and financial sponsors. By positioning the combination of VCI’s market leadership position, comprehensive services offering, strong manufacturer relationships, and robust backlog, DAK achieved an outstanding outcome for the company’s shareholders.

    The acquisition provides the shareholders of VCI an opportunity to accelerate its growth strategy by expanding its core ambulance business, building out the value-added segments of conversions and remounts, implementing operational improvements, and pursuing acquisitions with the help of its new partners. Tightrope and NewSpring have an opportunity to leverage VCI’s strong management team and operating platform to build a multi-regional player in emergency ambulance solutions.

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