Bennett Thrasher Boosts Mergers and Acquisitions in Health Care and Technology with New Managing Director Vijay Vaswani

4/3/17

Bennett Thrasher LLP, one of the top 100, full-service public accounting and consulting firms in the country, has named Vijay Vaswani as Managing Director of its Transaction Advisory Services practice. Highlighted by his time spent in corporate development at two publicly traded companies and in the transaction services practice of a Big Four accounting firm, Vaswani brings a unique set of skills and experiences to Bennett Thrasher that separates him from many traditional transaction advisors in the market.

Prior to joining Bennett Thrasher, Vaswani served as the Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at EarthLink, a publicly traded technology and telecommunications service provider. During his time at EarthLink, Vaswani helped with the company's strategic transformation through the rationalization and divestiture of non-strategic products and services, the acquisition of targets centered around accelerating growth, and the merger with Fortune 500 telecommunications service provider Windstream.

Vaswani also previously served as the Manager of Corporate Development at WellCare Health Plans, a Fortune 500 managed care organization. There, he helped the company increase market share through the acquisition of several Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans during a time of immense change in the health insurance industry. Additionally, Vaswani served as a Manager in the Transaction Services practice at Deloitte, where he led buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence engagements for strategic corporate clients and private equity investors in the health care and life sciences space.

"We are very excited to welcome Vijay to our team. His mergers and acquisitions background is distinct, having worked on deals both in-house and in an advisory capacity," said Rick Bennett, co-founding partner of Bennett Thrasher. "With hands-on experience across the full continuum of the deal cycle, he will undoubtedly bring a differentiated approach to – and premier value for – our clients. Specifically, his deal experience in both the health care and technology verticals will expand our mergers and acquisitions capabilities in those practice areas."

"Now more than ever, with the uncertainty surrounding our health care industry, businesses need partners they can trust, and that especially holds true when investors are evaluating transaction opportunities in this arena," added Vaswani. "Bennett Thrasher has an established reputation in the market for providing top-notch health care and technology advisory services to its clients. I am excited to join this group of industry experts and look forward to showing our clients how my deal experience in both of these sectors positions us as a firm to provide the best transaction advice for buyers and sellers to meet their desired investment objectives."

Vaswani earned his bachelor of business administration in accounting from the University of South Florida and his MBA from the University of Florida. He is also licensed as a CPA in Georgia.

About Bennett Thrasher LLP
Bennett Thrasher LLP is one of the country's largest full-service certified public accounting and consulting firms. The firm creates significant value and a unique positive experience through collaboration – with and between clients, partners, associates and the community. Founded in 1980 by Rick Bennett and Ken Thrasher, Bennett Thrasher today has a dedicated, experienced team of partners and associates who believe in creating value by working "Better Together." For more information, please visit Bennett Thrasher's website at http://www.btcpa.net.

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