Quicksilver
Team


Quicksilver Capital professionals have decades of experience advising growth companies through complex financial transactions. As part of the IOI Capital Markets consortium of investment bankers, Quicksilver professionals collaborate with other investment bankers in the IOI network across the country and worldwide in order to build expert teams to best service our clients for any situation. The IOI partner network provides us with additional resources across industry segments, geographies, and areas of expertise. The IOI partner network also provides access to investor networks and strategic contacts to assist us with deal execution.

Jon Thomas


Jon’s focus is capital structure advisory, debt and equity capital raise, M&A, and restructuring. His background includes over two decades of investment banking, restructuring, and hedge fund portfolio management. He is a Senior Advisor and FINRA registered representative at IOI Capital Markets, an exchange platform for the issuance and secondary trading of private securities and he is a Senior Advisor at Woodside Capital, a Silicon Valley investment bank focused on emerging technology companies. Jon is also an Operating Partner at Brown Venture Associates, a consulting and advisory practice for growth companies.

Jon was previously a Senior Portfolio Manager at Ziegler Lotsoff Capital, a boutique asset management firm in Chicago that was acquired by Stifel. There he managed a credit opportunities hedge fund. Prior to Ziegler Lotsoff, he co-founded a high yield and distressed hedge fund, Simran Capital, where he was also a Senior Portfolio Manager. Jon published high yield and distressed debt research while he was at sell side broker firms Advest and RW Pressprich. He was also a restructuring advisor for Crossroads LLC, where he advised debtors and creditors on restructurings both in an out of bankruptcy. He began his career as an investment banker with JP Morgan Chase, where he focused on M&A, high yield new issues, and loan syndication. While at JP Morgan he held positions in New York, Hong Kong, and Thailand.


Jon received a BS in Finance and International Business from Babson College.Jon is on the Board of Directors of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Previously he was Associate Board Vice Chair for Open Books, a literacy organization in Chicago.

Amar Senan

Managing Director

Amar Senan brings considerable experience in investment banking to Quicksilver Capital, coupled with a track record of working closely with CEOs and Boards of growth-oriented companies on M&A and financing. He is a software engineer turned investment banker with experience on Wall Street and a successful track record of advising CEOs and boards of technology companies in sectors such as cloud computing, infrastructure software and cybersecurity on strategy, capital raising, IPOs, and mergers & acquisitions. Amar also has operating experience at executive level in business-corporate development, marketing and finance at public and venture-funded Silicon Valley companies.

He has engineering degrees: BEng (Electrical) and MEng (Systems) from RMIT; a BSc in Economics (Trade, Industrial Policy & Banking) from the University of London; and a Masters (International Business) from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Jeff Saunders


Jeff Saunders advises early-stage promising technology companies on strategic partnership and /or mergers and acquisitions. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in operations roles within technology, including as a Sales and Business Development leader in AI, Machine Learning, Autonomy, Mobile, IoT, AR/VR, Hyperscale, Cloud, SaaS, Media Creation and Distribution, Enterprise Hardware and Software, and Data Center Solutions.

Jeff was previously Vice President of Revenue for Pilot Al Labs, an edge-based AI Software company. Prior to Pilot AI, he was the Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Relationships for MediaTek. Before joining Media Tek, Jeff headed the Strategic Alliances and Business Development team for the mobile ecosystem at NVIDIA. He has held sales and sales management positions with RealNetworks and Silicon Graphics, and has led sales and business development efforts for Cloud Computing, Oil & Gas, HPC, and the Media & Entertainment markets. Jeff earned his Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California where he was also an NCAA All-American Swimmer.

Nat Mani


Nat Mani has held executive leadership roles for nearly two decades in high technology companies. For the past 8 years he was President and CEO of Bestronics, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturing services provider where he lead a significant transformation in the technical capabilities and positioning the company for growth resulting in a successful exit for its private equity sponsors

Before joining Bestronics, Nat served as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing at Sanmina, where he drove the sales growth for its Optical and Micro Electronics segment. Prior to Sanmina, Nat was Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for Fabrinet, a company he co-founded and served for more than 10 years in executive leadership positions, cementing the company’s position as the premier outsourced manufacturing services provider for the optical industry leading to an IPO.

Nat brings a unique perspective to high technology enterprises , having served in executive capacities in business development, finance, operations and strategy for all stages of the business cycle from start-up, high growth, sustaining and restructure through spin-offs and divestitures Nat has more than 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley and has held management positions with IBM, JTS Corp., Radius and ROLM. He holds a Master’s Degree in Management Studies from Birla Institute of Technology and Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Tulane University.

Brad Simkin


Brad Simkin provides deal structure and execution assistance to the Quicksilver team, including financial models, company valuations, and research across a broad spectrum of clients in the lower middle market and emerging growth technology sectors. Brad has provided diligence in areas such as software, IoT, healthcare, and cleantech. He has published research on the opportunity zone investment space and has provided advice and expertise to Quicksilver clients involved in opportunity zone communities. Prior to Quicksilver, Brad has held roles at private equity firms focused on technology, telecommunications, and real estate. Brad has a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's in Finance from Babson College.