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Thomas is the CEO of FE International. He is a serial business entrepreneur and M&A expert, having built the industry-leading firm in the $1-100M global technology sector. With experience dating back to the early 2000s, Smale offers invaluable technical, diligence and negotiation advice to early-stage and seasoned business owners alike, which has resulted in over 1,000 successful exits. Smale can be regularly found speaking at industry events where he enjoys meeting like-minded entrepreneurs and investors. FE International is an award-winning global M&A Advisor of SaaS, E-Commerce & Content businesses and the preeminent valuation thought leader in the industry. Founded in 2010, the leadership team has over 50 years of combined experience in investment banking, strategy consulting, technology, and entrepreneurship. The firm offers comprehensive exit planning services, as well as direct access to an established network of international investors. With headquarters in New York and regional offices in San Francisco, London, and Miami, FE International is a truly global company. FE was named one of the Fastest-Growing Financial Services Companies in the Americas in 2020 and 2021 by the Financial Times and is a two-time U.S. Inc. 5000 company. Visit www.feinternational.com for more information.
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FE International provides award winning M&A advisory services for mid-market SaaS, e-commerce and content businesses. The company has become the pre-eminent adviser and valuation thought-leader in the industry. FE offers comprehensive exit planning services, as well as direct access to an established network of pre-qualified international investors to drive demand and maximize value for the clients it represents. The team is comprised of professionals from investment banking, strategy consulting as well as online entrepreneurs, all of which have extensive transaction execution expertise. FE International’s advisers complement this formal experience with unique and innovative approaches to deal marketing and structuring. FE International offers comprehensive exit planning services as well as direct access to an established network of pre-qualified international investors to drive demand to your business and maximize value for your company. - 94.1% success rate - Over 1,000 successful acquisitions - Over $1B in lifetime acquisitions - Extensive global network of 80,000+ pre-qualified online investors - 100% confidential process - Market leading M&A advisors Accolades and affiliations: - Financial Times’ Fastest Growing Companies in the Americas (2020 & 2021) - Inc 5000 US (2020 & 2019) - Inc 5000 EU (2017 & 2018) - IBBA Deal Maker of the Year 2015 & 2016 - IBBA Deal Maker Award 2016 - IBBA Top Global Producer of the Year 2016 - IBBA Chairman's Circle Award 2016 - Financial Services Authority (FSA) - Escrow.com Partner - BBB A+ Rating Featured in: Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., Huffington Post, Reuters, TIME, Yahoo Financial News, and more. Get in touch today for a free consultation and valuation (firstname.lastname@example.org).