Paren Knadjian


Paren Knadjian is the Principal of the M&A and Capital Markets group at KROST. He comes with over 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions as well as equity and debt financings. In that time, Paren successfully completed over 200 M&A and Capital Markets transactions worth over $1 billion, acting as both a buy-side and sell-side advisor. Most recently, the M&A practice at KROST acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Integrity Bio in its sale to Curia. » Read the full press release

Paren also has 15 years of experience as a C-Level executive in several high-tech companies. He has been the CEO of two Software as a Service (SaaS) companies in financial services and new media, and he has been the CFO of several companies in healthcare, marketing, e-commerce, and film & television. He co-founded two companies that were successfully sold to trade buyers.

Paren and his team at KROST have assisted over 350 entities in procuring, managing, and obtaining forgiveness for more than half a billion dollars of PPP, EIDL, and Main Street loans. He also developed a PPP Budgeting, Tracking, and Optimization Tool, used by more than 250 institutions, that tracks these expenses on an ongoing basis, automatically calculates the forgivable amounts, and computes all the fields necessary for forgiveness.

Professional Experience

  • KROST (October 2017 — Current)
  • Acting CFO & M&A Advisor (2016 — September 2017)
  • Principal, Lionfish Advisors (2006 — 2016)
  • CEO, Actant (2002 — 2006)
  • COO, Proof9 (2001 — 2002)
  • Co-founder, New Media Network (1998 — 2001)
  • Thomson Reuters (1985 — 1998)


  • Series 63 and 82 FINRA Securities Licenses
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol, UK
  • Royal Merchant Naval School, UK

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Broker/Dealer, FINRA
  • Association of Corporate Growth

Extracurricular Activities

  • Treasurer, Crossroads School of Arts & Science, Santa Monica

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