Michael Kessler

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Over 28 years of funding growth companies and advising middle-market M&A clients.

  • Hundreds of transactions since 1985
  • A passion for healthcare and information technology
  • Corporate finance investment banking in New York and Minneapolis


Michael joined Franklin Partners with over 28 years of investment banking and merger & acquisition experience. He began his career with Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Company in New York in 1986 where he worked with the Major Account Group servicing Fortune 500 Clients.  In 1992 he joined Minneapolis based Wessels, Arnold & Henderson, LLC, an institutional investment bank serving growth companies. Most recently, he has focused on healthcare and information technology mergers and acquisitions at Triple Tree and later at Vita Advisors, LLC, a boutique advisory firm he co-founded in 2008.

Michael has worked in a number of industry sectors throughout his career: industrial, airlines, oil and gas, information technology and health care. He has led offerings of public equity and debt, private capital raises, as well as merger & acquisition buy-side and sell-side assignments.

Michael is a graduate of St. John's College Annapolis and the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He also served active duty in the Marine Corps.