Steve McLaughlin



Steve McLaughlin
Founder & Managing Partner, FT Partners

Mr. McLaughlin is the Founder and Managing Partner of Financial Technology Partners (aka FT Partners), a San Francisco-based boutique investment bank focused exclusively on financial technology. A Wharton MBA and Palmer Scholar, Mr. McLaughlin formerly was a senior investment banker in Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Financial Technology Group, and was the senior investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group in San Francisco before leaving the firm in 2002 to form FT Partners. Steve has been advising FinTech companies for over 18 years. Steve’s firm was awarded “Investment Bank of the Year” in 2011 for the third time since 2004, and the firm has also received numerous awards for its outstanding transaction results. Steve was recognized as Dealmaker of the Year in three times since 2007.

Referred to as the “Architect of Financial Technology” by The Daily Deal, Mr. McLaughlin has been a constant and central figure in some of the largest and most successful transactions in the sector. Among the many deals executed in FinTech, Steve has recently advised on the following key transactions:

  1. Advised Mercury Payment Systems on its $1.65bn sale to Vantiv
  2. Advised TransFirst on its sale to Vista Equity Partners
  3. Advised CIBC on its lead role in Dynamics’ $70mm financing
  4. Advised Google Capital on its lead role in CreditKarma’s $85mm financing
  5. Advised CardSpring on its sale to Twitter
  6. Advised Fleet One on its $369mm cash sale to Wright Express
  7. Advised World Fuel Services on its $137mm Acquisition of Multi Service Corporation
  8. Advised Central Payment on its strategic investment from TSYS
  9. Advised Merchant Warehouse on its significant growth recapitalization
  10. Advised ProPay on its sale to TSYS
  11. Advised OzForex Group on its Initial Public Offering
  12. Advised Century Payments on its sale to WorldPay US
  13. Advised AmWINS on its $1.3bn growth recapitalization by New Mountain Capital
  14. Advised SquareTrade on its $238mm growth equity investment by Bain Capital

Speaking History

Speaker at Money20/20 Europe 2016

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