John Ferrara

John has dedicated his 30+ year career to serving as a trusted advisor to privately held businesses. Representative of over 200 engagements, he has acted as investment banker, management consultant, interim executive, investor, founder, and board member. John has been recognized as one of the Top 50 M&A advisors in the U.S. and honored as an M&A Advisor Hall of Fame inductee. Under his leadership, Capstone Partners has grown to be one of the largest independent middle market investment banks in the United States, with an international platform that spans over 450 professionals across 40 countries worldwide.

John started his career as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers in New York, later serving as a founding member of Rodman & Renshaw’s M&A practice. After a break to play baseball in Australia, John joined Deloitte’s management consulting group in Los Angeles. He then moved to Arthur Andersen in 1996 to start a corporate finance practice in Boston. John became a Regional Managing Director with Andersen and held various national and global leadership positions. In 2002, he purchased the practice and rebranded it as Capstone Partners.

He is the founder of the Spirit Triumph Cancer Foundation, author of the children’s book “Beyond the Waterspout” and former owner of an NECBL baseball franchise.

John holds an MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurial Studies from the Anderson School at UCLA and completed Post Graduate Studies in International Business at the London School of Economics. His undergraduate Degree was from Wesleyan University, a Dual BA in Government & Religion.