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Avi Barak

Managing Director, Investment Banking

Avi J. Barak is a Managing Director at Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P. Mr. Barak advises the boards & senior management of financial institutions on strategic matters and industry trends including capital raising, mergers & acquisitions, balance sheet restructurings & optimizations, and asset/liability management.

Additionally, Mr. Barak works with the firms institutional clients, including private equity firms, hedge funds, and money managers in both evaluating and executing equity and debt investments in financial institutions.

Previously, Mr. Barak served as an equity research analyst focused on regional and community banks and the banking industry. In 2006, Mr. Barak was recognized by as the #2 stock picker for the Commercial Banks industry. From 2007 through 2009, Mr. Barak was the winner of the SNL Dartboard Challenge, the only three-time winner since the inception of the contest. As an analyst, Mr. Barak spoke at various bank industry conferences, and was quoted in the business news media including The WSJ, The American Banker, and SNL Financial.

Mr. Barak graduated from Cornell University with a double major in Economics and Psychology. He resides in Rockland County, New York with his wife and three children.