Mitchel Nakken

Managing Director and Head of Transitions

Mitchel Nakken leads the Transitions practice for Palm Tree and is responsible for driving growth across all service areas of the firm

Mr. Nakken brings extensive post-close integration experience, helping to ease business transitions to new ownership by establishing continuity, improving information flow, and augmenting key implementation work streams within the finance, FP&A, treasury, and accounting departments for both private equity and large corporate clients.

Mr. Nakken has over a decade of experience working in the financial markets in support of all aspects of the sell- and buy-side process for private equity, large corporate, and middle market companies. His expertise includes cash flow forecasting, working capital management, Order to Cash and Procure to Pay process improvement, financial and operational modeling and reporting, sale preparation, financial due diligence, budget development, M&A advisory, and capital planning.

Prior to joining Palm Tree, Mr. Nakken led the Performance Improvement practice for FINNEA Group, a middle-market investment banking and consulting firm, where he developed, managed, and executed a variety of financial consulting engagements for the firm’s largest clients, including both public- and private equity-owned companies.

Prior to joining FINNEA Group, Mr. Nakken worked for Plante & Moran Corporate Finance (“PMCF”), a boutique middle‐market investment bank, where he advised on sell‐ and buy‐side transactions.

Mr. Nakken received his BA in Finance, with distinction, from the Honors College and Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, where he was also a member of the Financial Markets Institute.

Outside of work, Mr. Nakken enjoys spending time and traveling with his family and is a dedicated supporter of Michigan State Athletics

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Senior Leadership

Led by seasoned M&A professionals with experience in private equity investing, investment banking, Big Four accounting, Elite Three consulting, and business operations.

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Chris Felderman

Managing Director and Head of FDD

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Pardis Nasseri

Founder, Managing Director, and President

Stephen E. Rossi

Managing Director and
Head of Capital Markets

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David Wolinsky

Managing Director

Tom Hill

Senior Vice President

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Senior Vice President

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Vincent Nguyen

Senior Vice President

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Derek Alderton

Board Member

Careers with Palm Tree

We have select positions available at all levels of our organization. Contact us for a confidential discussion about joining a firm that L.A. Business Journal named among L.A.'s most influential M&A advisors.

Exposure to projects and opportunities to work closely with clients offers Palm Tree employees lateral and progressive advancement inside the firm.

We currently have positions available within the organization for employees of top accounting and consulting firms and for recent graduates.

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