Capital Market Capabilities
We provide full range of services for asset management and post-trade processing that can transform capital markets completely.
Digital transformation is at its peak in the financial services industry. Unprecedented periods of change have propelled disruption and innovation, leading to numerous growth opportunities for financial services organizations. At A5, we help you at all stages of this transformation journey to ensure you stay more customer-centric by creating more engaging customer experiences and employee satisfaction using state-of-the-art technology and tools.
The capital markets industry is undergoing significant changes as new technologies and digital value chains emerge. This will have a profound impact on every firm’s business and operating models in the coming years.
Our capital markets consulting practice uses global strategies and data-driven insights to help firms adapt to these changes. We can assist in rethinking your business model, managing risk, improving workplace strategies, enhancing operational efficiency, and more. Let us help you prepare for the digital future.
We provide full range of services for asset management and post-trade processing that can transform capital markets completely.
The investment landscape is evolving rapidly with the emergence of alternative investments, presenting new opportunities and challenges for businesses. As the traditional markets transform, it becomes crucial for firms to adapt and thrive in this changing environment.
At our alternative investments consulting practice, we understand the dynamic nature of the industry and leverage global strategies and data-driven insights to assist firms in navigating this new terrain. We offer tailored solutions to help you maximize your returns and stay ahead of the curve.
We assist in implementing technology solutions that enhance operational efficiency and improve the quality of client interaction. Our services can unlock advanced functionalities to effectively handle multiple clients and stay on top of their financial objectives and significant life events. This empowers you to deliver personalized insights and guidance, fostering client loyalty and driving the growth of your business. In addition, we provide expert guidance to navigate the ever-changing regulatory landscape, ensuring their service delivery is consistently aligned with current compliance requirements.
Extensive domain expertise across wealth management, with experienced subject matter experts (SMEs)
Unique combination of domain knowledge, technology expertise, and consulting capabilities, along with verticalized offerings and solution accelerators
Expertise in integrating systems to ensure a unified view of the client, enabling seamless connectivity including financial data, comprehensive data management, and enhanced customer experience
The wealth management domain is changing continuously with several compliances at bay, creating new chances and challenges for businesses. As traditional financial markets transform, it’s crucial for firms to adapt and thrive in this shifting landscape.
At our wealth management consulting practice, we understand the dynamic nature of the industry. We empower wealth managers, helping them navigate the complexities of the evolving financial landscape. Our focus lies in optimizing their client engagement and tailoring their services to meet the individual needs of each client
Our expertise extends beyond conventional asset classes, encompassing a wide range of alternative investment options such as private equity, hedge funds, real estate, venture capital, and more to help you diversify your portfolio, manage risk effectively, and unlock new sources of value.
Fintech companies are revolutionizing the financial industry through innovative and dynamic services. They simplify banking processes, lead the transition to a cashless society, and introduce crypto integration, transforming our relationship with money. By prioritizing regulatory compliance, efficient operations, and exceptional customer service, fintech firms have a competitive edge and the potential for rapid expansion.
At our fintech consulting practice, we specialize in helping businesses navigate the fintech ecosystem. With a deep understanding of the industry and its disruptive technologies, we offer tailored solutions to guide financial institutions and startups alike. From regulatory compliance to operational efficiency and emerging technology integration, our expertise empowers businesses to seize the opportunities presented by fintech and thrive in this rapidly evolving landscape.
With a wealth of expertise in the fintech industry, we offer comprehensive support to companies across the board, addressing their specific needs in areas such as front-office innovation, back-office scalability, and regulatory compliance. Our mission is to provide strategic guidance and practical solutions that drive success in the ever-evolving fintech landscape.
In the competition to provide unique customer experiences, banks need to break down their legacy systems and streamline their processes to create a complete customer view to finally offer elevated digital experiences and frictionless service. Our comprehensive platform knowledge, industry expertise, and crafted banking solutions will keep your customer at the center of every interaction to increase your loyalty score!
With our exceptional insights, extensive partner network, and reliable resources, we ensure you harness the full potential of technology across cloud solutions, ESG initiatives, data management, transformative experiences, and beyond. Our goal is to help you maximize the benefits and opportunities presented by the ever-evolving technological landscape.
Vice President, Global Head of Financial Services
Financial Services Practice Director
Brion Schweers is a Senior Vice President of Product Management at Salesforce, currently managing the Revenue Cloud Solution Excellence team. During the past 30 years, Brion has assisted enterprises around the world in transforming their business by focusing on their Product-to-Cash processes. Prior to joining Salesforce Brion was VP & GM, CPQ at Apttus, VP, Sales & Success at A5 Consulting, served on the OAUG ConfigSIG Board and spent 15 years at Oracle in various roles related to their CX and CPQ products. Brion is also the executive Sponsor of Vetforce – Carolinas and is actively involved in the Salesforce Military program where he mentors Veterans and their spouses with actionable, personalized career advice.
Joseph Truhe has over 20 years of investing experience. Prior to joining Jefferson Capital in 2013 Joseph was a Portfolio Manager with Whitney Bank in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he oversaw the company’s Trust accounts and served as the Energy sector analyst for the Hancock Horizon Funds. Prior to Whitney, Joseph worked as an analyst and member of the investment committee at HFR Asset Management, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund platform in Chicago, Illinois. There, Joseph reviewed and maintained investment discretion over the firm’s Event Driven and Asia-focused hedge fund allocations. He was also responsible for the expansion of the firm’s Asia-focused fund offerings. Joseph holds a BA in Economics from Yale University.
Steve Swartzman is a Principal and co-founder of CPC. Previously, as a co-founder of C3 Capital, he helped originate and manage over 35 investments, including national brands such as American Apparel, Traeger Grills, and Grunt Style. Steve’s chief focus remains consumer brands and e-commerce enablement businesses, and he currently serves on the boards of Grunt Style, Accel Clinical Research, Spoke Custom Products, Warne Scope Mounts, and New World Natural Brands.
Prior to C3, Steve structured and managed subordinated debt investments at KC Venture Group, and he spent 7 years as a Vice President with Citibank in New York, managing client relationships for emerging markets clients and structuring over $1 billion in complex trade financings. He is a past President of the Midwest chapter of the Small Business Investment Alliance, and he serves on the board of the International Center for Music at Park University in Kansas City.
Steve received a MBA from Columbia Business School and an AB in History and Literature from Harvard College.
He resides in Kansas City, where he was raised, with his wife Evelina and two sons, Harrison and Zandy. When he’s not working, his favorite activities are fishing, golfing, and eating.
Chad has over ten years of experience investing in dynamic, growing businesses in diverse industries and geographies. His private equity experience includes HIG Capital, which has over $12B in capital under management, and AEA Investors, which manages over $3B of invested and committed capital. While at HIG and AEA, Chad led diligence, structuring, and financial analysis of potential and existing investments, and completed transactions in the industrial products and consumer services industries. Chad also has experience investing in the public equity markets, most notably as a Managing Director at Fox Point Capital, a $1B fund seeded by Julian Robertson of Tiger Management. He invested across a number of industries, including industrials, financials, technology, and consumer products, and led Fox Point’s international research. Prior to focusing his career on investing, Chad was a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, solving strategic problems for the world’s leading companies. Chad earned an MBA with Honors in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS with Distinction in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Les Alexander is a partner with Jefferson Capital Partners where he provides mezzanine and equity capital for growth and buyout transactions. Mr. Alexander is a member of the firm’s investment committee and serves on the board of directors of several portfolio companies where he is actively involved in strategic planning and corporate governance. Prior to joining Jefferson Capital, he worked at Advantage Capital Partners where he completed several portfolio company investments and served on the investment committee. Before becoming a private equity investor, Mr. Alexander served as president of Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., a leading fire truck and emergency vehicle manufacturer. At Ferrara, he was responsible for managing a workforce of 450 employees producing over 300 vehicles annually for its domestic and international customers. As an investment banker for 15 years with such firms as Howard Weil, Southcoast Capital, and J.C. Bradford & Co., Mr. Alexander completed over 50 public offerings of debt and equity securities, private placements, and merger and acquisition transactions totaling more than $7 billion for public and private companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Alexander is an adjunct professor at Tulane University and Loyola University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in investment banking, private equity & venture capital, advanced financial management, investments, and entrepreneurship. He is also the board president for Benjamin Franklin High School, a public charter school in New Orleans. Mr. Alexander is the former Chairman Finance of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and served on the global Board of Directors. He is a founder of the Louisiana chapter of ACG and was a recipient of the ACG global Meritorious Service Award and the Louisiana chapter’s Outstanding Service Award. Mr. Alexander received his bachelor of science in Commerce from the University of Virginia in 1989 and his MBA from the University of North Carolina in 1993.
Based in Kansas City, Mr. Healy is a co-founder of C3 Capital. He has been an active private equity investor since 1985 and was a co-founder of C3 Holdings in 1994. Prior to this time, he sponsored and structured equity investments in real estate. He gained extensive workout and restructuring experience as chair of the creditor’s committee of a $1 billion bankruptcy and from being called upon to rescue a publicly-traded company from a major fraud. Mr. Healy was a senior tax partner at Mayer Hoffman McCann, a regional CPA firm, for eleven years. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kansas.
As Vice President of Strategic Sales, Chris guides and influences all strategic sales activities at A5 , starting in presales activities, successful sales methodology, sales process, and continued revenue generation and expansion opportunities. Furthermore, he will provide oversight in strategic sales function for the company and develop strategic sales plans that will promote growth in sales and customer satisfaction. Chris has proven his commitment to sales leadership and organizational success through field leadership as National Sales Manager at Deluxe Corporation, Field Sales Manager within the Social / Analytics Cloud at Oracle, US Regional Manager for CPQ Major Accounts at Oracle and now as Vice President on Sr. Leadership Team at A5.
Keith Fox is a software and consulting veteran for the past 34 years. Keith started his career at EDS which was followed by 4-year stint offshore in Bermuda. Keith then returned to Canada where he held a number of progressive sales and technical positions with software companies such as Sybase, BEA, and Oracle. After his stint with Oracle, Keith founded Cloudware Connections, a premier Salesforce consulting partner. 11 years down the line, Cloudware was acquired by A5, and Keith joined as GM for Canada.
Tarun Sharma is Vice President Delivery at A5 and is responsible for customer success, project operations, recruitment, resource utilization, and sales operations functions for Oracle practice. As a business and technology leader Tarun helps businesses develop solution strategies to streamline the sales process and improve customer relations to drive revenues, profits, and build brand loyalty. Tarun has led customers through digital transformation journeys. He has commanded strategic and tactical initiatives to shorten sales cycles, increase deal values and productivity, improve brand awareness and help organizations become easier to do business with. He has helped customers modernize their sales enablement tools and present a single source of information to support an omni-channel sales approach. This includes global roll-out for multiple business units included multi-currency and multi-language. Tarun graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering.
As Vice President of A5’s consulting practice – Adam is responsible for both strategic alliances with partners and expanded sales growth through the entire portfolio of A5 services. With over 20 years of Sr. level management consulting expertise – Adam has worn multiple hats in his career including practice development, sales, and client advisory. He has sold & delivered countless enterprise transformational initiatives creating a measurable competitive advantage for his customers. In addition to various technical software certifications, Adam holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in Accounting & Information Technology from the University of Texas at Austin and resides in El Paso Texas with his wife and 3 children.
As the CFO, PJ is responsible for all things financial at A5. With over 20 years of experience in financial leadership positions, PJ has worn all the hats required of a growing tech business. His extensive knowledge of the consulting industry, experience with M&A, and strength in operational finance is another catalyst to take A5 to the next level in its growth trajectory. PJ is a CPA with a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has held various finance leadership positions at Exodus/Savvis (acquired by Centurylink), Neohapsis (acquired by Cisco), and mFoundry (acquired by FIS).
As the CEO of A5, Vinay plays an active role in all aspects of day-to-day business operations. He is also actively involved in establishing a strategy and vision for the company. As a true customer advocate with Salesforce and Oracle product development, Vinay is actively engaged in various industry user/special interest groups. Since founding the company in 2004, Vinay has grown the business into a leading Salesforce, and Oracle partner focused on multi-cloud transformations.
Vinay has successfully implemented and architected CPQ solutions and multi-cloud complex transformation projects for various Fortune 500 companies since 1996. He has a strong authority over industry, process, and technology in Configure-Price-Quote and ERP applications. Vinay graduated from Osmania University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree and JNTU (Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University) with a Master in Technology degree.