• Our People. Our Process.

    Investment Banking to the Highest Degree

    The XLCS team has been brought together by our focus on our clients and our drive for results. These values propel us to constantly innovate, and to keep going when others would settle. From the moment we begin working together, we will commit to finding the optimal deal and stay by your side through every twist and turn along the way.

Our Global Network

Independent Firm. International Reach.

XLCS Partners is a member of Geneva Capital Group. Based out of Zurich, Switzerland, GCG is one of the world’s leading and most complete international network of M&A firms, having completed 1600 transactions worth over $16 Billion. Our partnership with GCG allows us to remain a truly independent advisory firm, while offering our clients opportunities from all around the world.


Careers at XLCS

A Culture Worth Belonging To

XLCS Partners has built a world-class team of investment banking professionals. As our growth continues, we are selectively adding great people to the team. We maintain a boutique feel, offer great work/life balance and keep a healthy dose of friendly competition. Together, we’ve built a culture worth belonging to for the rest of your career.



XLCS is proud to provide a range of solutions tailored to your needs.

Seller Advisory

Business owners, private equity funds and large corporations seek us out for our creative, truthful and cutting edge advice when selling their business, divesting a subsidiary or charting the course for an exit in the future.

Buyer Advisory

Corporations and private equity firms hire XLCS for their thoughtful advice, creative deal structures, quality deal flow and access to capital. XLCS works with select clients on their search for acquisitions and currently averages over 25 proprietary candidates for each campaign.


With over a trillion dollars in capital and operational resources to grow businesses, private equity is a competitive and compelling option for owners and management teams looking for liquidity but also wanting to participate in the future growth of the business.

Capital Raising

Whether refinancing existing debt, raising funds to complete an acquisition or taking on growth capital, XLCS advises clients across the debt and equity spectrum and can expedite the process by canvasing the capital markets and helping to simplify complex structures.


Robert Contaldo

Chairman & Managing Partner

As a nationally recognized speaker and expert in mergers & acquisitions, Bob has over thirty-six years of experience and has originated and executed hundreds of investment banking assignments for middle market companies and their shareholders. Prior to founding XLCS Partners, Bob was a Partner and Board Member of a national investment banking firm and was previously affiliated with one of the largest middle market investment banking firms in the United States. Bob holds FINRA Series 62, Series 63 and Series 79 licenses.

Joe Contaldo


Joe Contaldo is a partner and co-founder of XLCS Partners. As a career-long Investment Banker, Joe began his Investment Banking career as an intern for a national investment banking firm before joining the company full time as an associate in 2002. He was then promoted to Acquisition Services Director and was tapped to develop and run the firm’s Private Equity Coverage Group. In 2007, he was promoted to Managing Director, becoming the youngest to reach that position in the firm’s history. Joe holds FINRA Series 7, Series 79 and Series 63 licenses.

Anthony Contaldo


Prior to co-founding XLCS Partners, Anthony served as Managing Director for a national investment banking firm which he joined as an intern in 2002. Anthony has led seller advisory and buyer advisory assignments for clients in a broad range of industries across the United States. Anthony served as a Principal for his predecessor firm’s FINRA registered broker-dealer. Anthony received his BA. in Finance, magna cum laude, from Elmhurst College. Anthony holds FINRA Series 7, Series 79, Series 63 and 24 licenses.

John Sheridan

Managing Director

John Sheridan is a highly experienced M&A professional with over 20 years in the industry. He is responsible for originating and executing middle market advisory agreements as well as capital raises involving senior debt, subordinated debt and equity investments. John has worked in a wide variety of industries with clients located across North America. Prior to investment banking, John was the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for a middle-market holding company and worked as a financial analyst for a Fortune 500 company. John holds FINRA Series 7, Series 79 and Series 63 licenses.

Andrew Sannes

Managing Director

Andrew Sannes is a seasoned M&A professional with over 15 years of experience advising companies ranging from Fortune 500 to lower-middle market on mergers and acquisitions, securities, leveraged buyouts and recapitalization strategies. Prior to XLCS Partners, Andrew was a Director of the Chicago office of a national investment banking firm and co-founder of a mobile e-commerce company. Prior to that, Andrew was a Managing Director of an independent sponsor focused on the acquisition of troubled bank assets and was previously an M&A attorney counseling on over $3B in M&A transactions.  Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School. He holds FINRA Series 79 and Series 63 licenses.

Brian Ytterberg

Managing Director

Brian has been involved in over 100 transactions totaling approximately $5B in value over the last 25 years.  Prior to XLCS, Brian led the investment efforts for a Chicago-based family office and was a Managing Director with a private equity firm. Prior to that, Brian was a Managing Director with Headwaters MB and led investment banking groups at Howe Barnes Hoefer & Arnett (Raymond James) and at Bank One Capital Markets (First Chicago Corp. and American National Bank) and held positions with KPMG and Price Waterhouse. Brian received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Augustana College and holds FINRA Series 79 and Series 63 licenses.

Patrick W. Warren

Managing Director

Patrick Warren leads the firm’s private equity sponsor coverage efforts by sourcing and executing sell-side M&A advisory and other corporate finance assignments. Prior to XLCS, Patrick worked at BB&T Capital Markets and Fifth Third Securities, where he served as a Principal in their Investment Banking Group. Prior to his four years with BB&T, Patrick was a Vice President at Belhealth Investment Partners. He began his career as an investment banking analyst at KPMG, and as an associate at Harren Equity Partners. Throughout his 15 year career in investment banking and private equity, he has completed more than 40 M&A and corporate finance advisory assignments. Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in finance and management, and holds FINRA Series 79 & 63 licenses.

Kendra Span

Director of Operations

Jay Cremer

Senior Associate

Jay Cremer joined XLCS Partners as an Associate after a period of time as an Analyst at a national middle market investment banking firm. Prior to Investment Banking, Jay was a corporate accountant at Meggitt Piezo Technologies. Jay received his undergraduate degree in finance and economics and an MBA from Indiana University. Jay holds FINRA Series 79 and Series 63 licenses.

Diana Silva

Human Resources Manager

Cathy Angarola

Operations Manager

Kait Radandt


Shelley Silva


Sarah Horn


Owen Moore

Senior Analyst

Owen Moore joined XLCS Partners as an Analyst in 2018. Before joining XLCS, Owen was a financial analyst at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Owen received his undergraduate degree with Honors from the University of Chicago in Public Policy Studies and was a member of the Trott Business Program. Owen holds FINRA Series 79 and Series 63 licenses.

Amy Fulmer


Matt Crabtree


Matt Crabtree joined XLCS in 2019 as an Analyst and is responsible for research and financial analysis. Prior to Investment Banking, Matt worked as an Account Specialist for Aon Risk Services, a worldwide commercial insurance brokerage. Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Eric Schoendorf


Eric Schoendorf joined XLCS in 2019 as an Analyst and is responsible for research and financial analysis. Before earning his Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) certification, Eric played professional soccer for FC Linköping City in Sweden. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with high honors in finance and accounting.