Richard Kestenbaum

New York, NY
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212-382-2222 (w, h, m)
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Richard is a co-founder and Partner of Triangle Capital and has been an investment banker for over 35 years. Richard has a great deal of experience advising clients in merchandising businesses, particularly in the Retail & Consumer sector. Richard is an often-quoted expert on the retail and merchandising industries. He is a Contributor to where he writes a regular blog about trends in retail and consumer product businesses. He also appears regularly in print and other media as well as industry panels and speaking programs.

Before co-founding Triangle, Richard was a Managing Director at a boutique investment banking firm called Financo, Inc. While at Financo, Richard was responsible for a majority of the firm’s apparel industry transactions. Prior to joining Financo, Richard was a Partner and First Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. At Drexel, Richard was responsible for a group of 14 professionals doing middle-market mergers and acquisitions around the world.

Richard is the co-author of three books on finance and computer programming. He is formerly an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business at the graduate program of the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Richard received a BS in Accounting from New York University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Harvard University. Richard is married and lives in New York.

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Example 12-month speaking engagement schedule:
  • Anheuser-Busch’s Brewers Collective (July 2020): Panelist on Rethinking the Future of Retail
  • BeautyMatter Webinar (July 2020): Panelist on Raising Money Right Now in the Beauty Industry: Navigating the New Normal
  • All Change Podcast (July 2020): Speaker on Disrupting the Fashion System
  • The Lead’s Inflection Point Webinar (June 2020): Moderator of the two-part webinar series on Store Operations, Inventory, Supply Chain & Fulfillment (part one) and Customer Acquisition, Messaging, Experience & LTV (part two)
  • Find Your Exit Podcast (June 2020): Speaker with Errol Glasser on Staying Nimble in Business
  • VVTheBrand Instagram Live Event (June 2020): Speaker on The Future of Retail
  • BWG Digital Q&A (June 2020): One of Two Industry-Expert Panelists on Department Store & Off-Price Retail Industry Outlook for Hedge Fund and Private Investors (off-the-record)
  • The Economic Club of Las Vegas Webinar (May 2020): Speaker on the Shift from Traditional Retail Models to E-Commerce Models
  • Wish I’d Known That Podcast (May 2020): Speaker on Making Your Transactions Worth It
  • The Conference Board Podcast (April 2020): Speaker on Brand Building and Communication in the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis
  • Brick and Mortar Reborn Podcast (April 2020): Speaker on Changes in Consumer Behavior and What Retailers Need to be Thinking About Post-COVID-19
  • eTail Digital Summit (March 2020): Panelist on Techniques for Mastering Customer Acquisition and Retention
  • INNOCOS Beauty Summit in Scottsdale, AZ (March 2020): Interview of the Founder of Saint Jane Cosmetics
  • eTail West Conference in Palm Springs, CA (February 2020): Speaker and Chairperson of the afternoon session on Next Generation Consumers
  • Personalized Beauty Summit in San Francisco, CA (February 2020): Speaker and Chairperson of the Two-Day Event
  • The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA (February 2020): Guest Lecturer on Grocery Retail
  • Opus Consumer Summit in New York, NY (January 2020): Panelist on Perspectives on The State of the Consumer Deal Market
  • National Retail Federation’s Big Show in New York, NY (January 2020): Speaker on The Future of Retail
  • Fitness and Active Brands Summit in Los Angeles, CA (December 2019): Panelist on What are Investors Looking for?
  • Incisiv Event in New York, NY (October 2019): Speaker on The Evolution of Customer Behavior and Expectations
  • Foundermade in Santa Monica, CA (October 2019): Moderator of the Outsource Your A-Team Panel
  • CARMA Event by Custora in New York, NY (October 2019): Speaker on Today’s Indicators for the Retail Landscape of Tomorrow
  • Beauty and Money Summit in New York, NY (September 2019): Interview of the CEO of Wander Beauty
  • Cosmoprof in Las Vegas, NV (July, 2019): Moderator of two panels: Get the Financing You Need for Startup Growth, Subscriptions for Beauty Businesses


Richard has over 30 years of Mergers & Acquisitions experience and financial advisory services for both Sell-side and Buy-side transactions.

Richard has an impressive portfolio of successful deals that required raising growth-capital, financing acquisitions and executing recapitalizations.  He also works with companies seeking to structure and finance employee-led buyouts and ownership transactions that fall under Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP).

Richard often provides fairness opinions to public companies in connection with M&A transactions.  But, the need for fairness opinions also arises from regulatory, dispute resolution and other issues.


  • Retail

  • Consumer Products

  • eCommerce

  • Specialty Retail

  • Apparel

  • Accessories

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