Kannan Arasaratnam has served over 20 years as a trusted business advisor. With a background in accounting, finance and corporate strategy, Kannan advises both private equity and corporate clients on all aspects of the M&A transaction process. In particular, Kannan supports buy-side and sell-side transactions with financial due diligence, synergy quantification and merger integration services. Kannan is qualified as a CPA in both Canada and the USA, and holds a joint MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and the Schulich School of Business.
Kannan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accountancy and a Diploma in Accounting from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a qualified CPA in both Canada (Ontario) and the USA (Illinois). He also holds a joint Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University, USA) and the Schulich School of Business (York University, Canada).
Kannan has served over 20 years in the field of accounting and finance. Kannan started his career in audit, before transitioning into an M&A Advisory role with Deloitte. In this capacity, Kannan held senior roles with Deloitte in the Toronto, Vancouver and New York Transaction Services groups. Kannan has advised on over 200 transactions to date and has played a significant role in recruitment, training, and business development initiatives. Kannan has also participated as a lecturer in several external industry conferences.
In addition to his role at Deloitte, Kannan spent time at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, leading Corporate Development and Strategy for Canada. In this role, Kannan served on the Canadian senior management team and owned the business plan for Canada, advising on matters pertaining to competitive intelligence and strategic initiatives. Kannan ran his own advisory firm, Avanon Consulting, for three years in San Francisco, advising high-growth technology and healthcare companies through fundraising and transaction processes. In his current role, Kannan is employed with Riveron, a national business advisory firm, and leads the Transaction Services Group for the New York office.
Kannan has a deep commitment to helping young people succeed and has been involved with Free the Children and We Charity since 2010, both as a mentor and serving on the North American Board of Directors. Kannan has seen first-hand the impact of WE Charity’s positive work with youth in Ethiopia, and at WE Days across North America and the UK. In his board role, Kannan has leveraged his experience to provide guidance around matters pertaining to finance and investments, and is excited to continue to work towards the mission of WE.