Frank is a founder and Executive Chairman of Qatalyst and served as its CEO from the Firm's founding until January 2016. He began his career with Morgan Stanley in 1977, has advised technology companies since 1981, and headed the global Technology Groups for Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse before co-founding Qatalyst. Over the past four decades, Frank and the teams he has led have advised on more than 500 mergers and acquisitions with an aggregate transaction value over $650B and on more than 350 financings that raised over $65B for technology companies worldwide. During this time, Frank has enjoyed the privilege of advising technology leaders including Accenture, Adobe, Amazon.com, AOL, Apple, Applied Materials, Aruba, Ascend, Autonomy, Cisco, Citrix, Concur, Data Domain, eBay, GoDaddy, Google, HP, HomeAway, IBM, Informatica, Intel, Intuit, Jasper, Linear Technology, LinkedIn, LSI, Motorola Mobility, National Semiconductor, Netscape, Nicira, NXP, Oracle, Sourcefire, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, SynOptics (Bay Networks), 3PAR, Tumblr, Twitch, Xilinx and Yammer.
Frank led the IPOs of Amazon.com, Cisco, Informatica, Intuit, Linear Technology, Netscape, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, SynOptics and Xilinx, among many others. He advised Apple on its $400 million acquisition of NeXT (which led to Steve Jobs' return to Apple); Aruba on its $3B sale to HP; Ascend on its $3.7B acquisition of Cascade and its $24B sale to Lucent; Autonomy on its $11.7B sale to HP; Citrix on an activism defense assignment and cooperation agreement with Elliott Management; Concur on its $8.3B sale to SAP; Data Domain on its $2.4B sale to EMC; GoDaddy on its strategic investment by KKR, Silver Lake and TCV; Google on creating an alternative to Microsoft's $45B hostile takeover attempt of Yahoo!; HomeAway on its $3.9B sale to Expedia; Informatica on its $5.3B sale to Permira and CPPIB; Jasper on its $1.4B sale to Cisco; LinkedIn on its $28.1B sale to Microsoft; LSI on its $6.6B sale to Avago; Motorola Mobility on its $12.5B sale to Google; National Semiconductor on its $6.5B sale to Texas Instruments; Nicira on its $1.3B sale to VMware; NXP on its proposed $47B sale to Qualcomm; Oracle on an $80 million investment by Nippon Steel (during Oracle's financial crisis in 1990-91); Sourcefire on its $2.7B sale to Cisco; SynOptics on its $1.2B merger with Wellfleet to form Bay Networks; 3PAR on its $2.4B sale to HP; Tumblr on its $1.1B sale to Yahoo!; Twitch on its $1B sale to Amazon.com; and Yammer on its $1.2B sale to Microsoft.