Daily News: March 2, 2012

FocalPoint Hires Kheraj to Head Tech, Media, Telecom Practice


FocalPoint Partners announced the addition of Muizz Kheraj, CFA, to lead the growth of the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecom practice.

Kheraj joins the firm with sixteen years of experience in technology, both as an engineer and as an M&A advisor to middle-market entrepreneurs. He has led, managed and closed numerous transactions representing, in aggregate, over $500 million in transaction value and liquidity for clients.

Kheraj’s passion in technology stems from his eight-year history as an engineer and technologist, particularly his final four years in a leadership role at the tech and media startup, NXSystems, Inc. Prior to joining FocalPoint, Kheraj spent five years building out the technology/media/telecom and business services practice at McGladrey Capital Markets LLC.

Kheraj currently sits on a number of boards as an insightful coach helping entrepreneurs build spectacular tech-centric organizations. His advisory expertise extends across several emerging industries including eCommerce, social and mobile media, business process outsourcing, infrastructure technologies, business intelligence, robotics, big data and analytics.

FocalPoint managing director Duane Stullich said, “We are excited to have Muizz join our team and help direct our efforts in technology, media and telecom. Muizz is that rare asset that understands a client’s needs both from the perspective of an operator and an advisor. We are looking forward to leveraging his expertise across each of our industry sectors.”

“In the last decade, FocalPoint has gained the respect of the deal community as an ethical, unbiased and results-oriented financial advisor in the middle market,” added Kheraj. “As most banks have struggled to weather the most severe economic recession experienced in our lifetime, FocalPoint has not just survived but thrived, experiencing its best year yet in 2011. I am thrilled to join the team and look forward to adding to the firm’s successes in the tech, media and telecom space.”

Kheraj holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from California State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

FocalPoint Partners LLC is an independent investment bank, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private placements (both debt and equity), financial restructurings and distressed transactions.