Warren H. Feder is the co-founder of the investment banking group at Carl Marks Advisors. He has more than 30 years of experience directing and advising on corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, leveraged buyouts, sourcing of capital, and investing. As a former owner and operator of a family business, Mr. Feder brings unique insight and perspective to owners of privately-held businesses with regard to helping assess their strategic options. Mr. Feder customizes creative solutions that perfectly fit each distinct situation, thus maximizing value for his clients and carrying transactions through to a successful close.
Mr. Feder has executed various middle-market sales, financings, and restructurings across a wide range of industries. Representative verticals include: Food (D’Artagnan, Harry Wils & Co., Krinos, Food Match, Tribeca Oven); Personal Products (Twin Lab Vitamins, Metabolife, Nutraquest, IdeaSphere, Dr. Miracles); Home Furnishings (Ellery Homestyles, DirectBuy, Winterland Productions, Dyno Merchandising); Manufacturing (Scovill, TM Industries, Coastal Concrete, Citation, Switchcraft, Earthco); Marketing Services (Aspen Marketing, John Ryan Company, Industrial Color Brands); Financial Services (Equilease, Zayan Finance, National Investment Managers, Inc., Crystal Financial SBIC, Lebenthal Holdings LLC); Business Services (Triangle Industries, The Environmentalists, Home Ready, Inc., Invista); Healthcare (Physiotherapy, Salus Surgical, Aveta Healthcare).
Prior to joining Carl Marks, Mr. Feder was the founder and chief executive officer of Stepping Stone Capital and its predecessor, Gordon Brothers Capital LLC, a specialty finance company that focused on short-term debt investments. Previously, he served as chief executive officer of his family-owned health and beauty aid manufacturer, growing the company toward a subsequent sale. Mr. Feder began his career practicing law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he specialized in corporate mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts in the firm’s New York and London offices.
He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Gateway Schools and is a board member of the New York Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Mr. Feder served as a member of the management committee and board of directors of the Turnaround Management Association and was a board member of the Commercial Finance Association. He was also the honoree of the Accountants, Bankers, and Finance Division of the American Jewish Committee.
Mr. Feder graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Williams College, received a JD from New York University School of Law, and a MA in Philosophy from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Principal.