Carol Roth is a "recovering" investment banker, investor and author of The New York Times book, "The Entrepreneur Equation."
Roth began her career at investment banking firm Montgomery Securities (subsequently Banc of America Securities), where she rapidly rose internally to become one of the youngest officers of the company by age 25. She also owned her own broker-dealer, Intercap Merchant Partners, which has been since converted into a holding company for her varied business and investment activities.
She has worked with hundreds of companies, ranging from a single entrepreneur with an idea to Fortune 500 businesses, on all aspects of business and financial strategy. Collectively, she has helped her clients complete more than $2 billion in transactions.
Roth's experience has encompassed a wide variety of products and services, including initial public offerings (IPOs), secondary offerings, private equity placements, private debt placements, buy-side M&A, sell-side M&A, LBOs/MBOs, recapitalizations, valuations, fairness opinions, licensing, marketing services, franchise work, start-up advisory and general strategic advisory work. She has completed licenses and joint ventures between her clients and a variety of high profile entities including Paramount, Disney, Hasbro and even the pop singer Katy Perry.
Roth is a noted small business advocate as well and was named a Top 100 Small Business Influencer for 2011 & 2012 by Small Biz Trends. She is a former director of Travelzoo and holds a B.S. degree from the Wharton School of Business, Magna Cum Laude. She also has an action figure made in her own likeness.
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