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M&A and Strategic Advisory
We are an M&A advisory, specializing
in Strategic Planning, Acquisition
and Value Realization.
through the lens of a strategic buyer
We have over 30 years of combined
experience in managing and acquiring
new portfolio companies.
Advertising / Marketing Services / Ad & Marketing Technology / Media / Public Relations / Innovation & Design
Founder & Managing Partner
A strategic M&A advisor, Rob has led some of the industry’s most famous advertising agency deals, such as: 72&Sunny, Anomaly, Crispin Porter & Bogusky and Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners. With more than 30 years M&A experience, Rob has worked both sides of the deal - both buy and sell side - giving him the unique perspective of the buyer providing a competitive advantage in negotiating deals for sellers.
As a Managing Director at MDC Partners (2000-2011) he was instrumental in transforming the business into the 7th largest advertising holding company. This experience provides for unparalleled strategic and operational insight.
Since launching R&D, he has advised holding companies such as Grey Worldwide and V7 on their acquisition strategy and has worked with almost every major holding company on behalf of sellers seeking strategic partners. Rob has relationships of trust with most if not all of the industry’s strategic buyers
He is also an early stage investor in marketing tech, including co- investing in certain companies backed by Alex Bogusky, including Brandzooka and Shoelace, and was Vice Chairman of Engagement Labs, a social media tech platform. Robs investment strategy has been designed to replicate his buy - side experience in marketing communications.
Rob on LinkedIn
Donna brings over 20 years of experience in M&A, corporate finance and investor relations in the advertising and media verticals. She also has 10 years experience in managing and acquiring businesses for the world’s largest holding companies.
At Interpublic Group she acted as Manager, Corporate Development (2004-2005), while at MDC partners she was SVP, Corporate Development (2005-2012), overseeing the acquisition of over 15 marketing services companies. Following that, Donna took on the role of VP, Finance & Operations at Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services Group (2012-2013), managing a portfolio of global public relations and market research firms with combined revenues of over $1 billion.
Prior to co-founding R&D Venture Partners,, Donna has acted as the VP, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations for Tribune Media (2013-2015) and is currently a consultant to R&D Venture Partners.
MICHAEL SABATINO, CPA
CFO consultant, former Chief Accounting Officer MDC Partners Inc who structured acquisitions to accomplish both business and tax goals, worked with agencies to plan and achieve annual operating results. Former Co-CFO JAKKS Pacific, Inc working on integration of acquisitions and budgeting and reporting. Assurance Partner BDO and EisnerAmper working on public reporting entities.
Mike is a results-oriented, detatiled-focused individual with expertise in mergers and acquisitions. Mike is also proficient at establishing business relationships through his hands-on project management and multi-task problem solving mentality.
Mike on LinkedIn