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John Ferrara

  • Founder & CEO
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Biography

John has dedicated his 30+ year career to serving as a trusted advisor to privately held businesses.  Representative of over 200 engagements, he has acted as investment banker, management consultant, interim executive, investor, founder and board member.  John has been recognized as one of the Top 50 M&A advisors in the US and honored as an M&A Advisor Hall of Fame inductee.  Under his leadership, Capstone Headwaters has expanded to 19 offices in the US, UK and Brazil with an international platform that spans over 300 professionals in 33 countries worldwide.

John started his career as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers in New York, later serving as a founding member of Rodman & Renshaw’s M&A practice.  After a break to play baseball in Australia, John joined Deloitte’s management consulting group in Los Angeles.  He then moved to Arthur Andersen in 1996 to start a corporate finance practice in Boston.  John became a Regional Managing Director with Andersen and held various national and global leadership positions.  In 2002, he purchased the practice and rebranded it as Capstone Partners.

He is the founder of the Spirit Triumph Cancer Foundation, author of the children’s book "Beyond the Waterspout" and former owner of an NECBL baseball franchise.

Education

The Anderson School at UCLA - MBA - Finance & Entrepreneurial Studies

The London School of Economics - Post Graduate Studies in International Business

Wesleyan University - Dual BA - Government & Religion

Registrations & Affiliations

FINRA - Series 24 General Securities Principal

FINRA - Series 7 & 63 Registered General Securities Representative

FINRA - Series 79 Registered Investment Banking Representative

FINRA - Series 99 Registered Operations Professional

Industry Coverage

Capstone Headwaters’ Q2 2019 Behavioral Healthcare Services Coverage Report discusses how the industry continues to grow, driven by the destigmatization of mental health, an influx of care options, and greater political awareness around mental health.Read more

In the age of industrial automation, robotics, and big data analytics, communication between machines and the associated transmission of data have become an integral component of the manufacturing process and have driven demand for advanced interconnect components. As new technologies develop and further shape the manufacturing landscape, interconnect components products have to follow suit, advancing alongside the systems and technologies they serve.Read more

The Behavioral Healthcare Services industry experienced a banner year of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in 2018. The number of transactions increased 59% year-over-year to reach a historic industry high of 97 announced or closed transactions. In addition to volume, two of the largest disclosed deals on record occurred. In a go-private bid, Centerbridge Partners agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of mental and behavioral disabilities services provider Civitas Solutions, Inc.(NYSE:CIVI) for $17.75 per share in cash.Read more