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 has successfully completed over 300 M&A and Capital Markets transactions worth over $3.5 billion, acting as both a buy-side and sell-side advisor.

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 acting 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 leads the Technology market vertical at KROST, advising clients and colleagues on developments and trends in technology and media, including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

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

  • Former Treasurer, Crossroads School of Arts & Science, Santa Monica
  • Advisor, Hillview Mental Health Clinic

Paren's Thought Leadership

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