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Seth Yakatan, Co-Founder
Partner, Katan Associates, Inc.

Seth Yakatan brings more than 20 years of experience as a corporate finance professional, actively supporting small cap and major companies in achieving corporate, financing and asset monetization objectives through the successful structuring and management of strategic transactions and investments totaling more than several billion dollars in value.


Over the past eighteen years as a co-founder of Katan Associates (KAI), Seth has successfully structured and managed strategic alliances and deals, based on his insight and expertise in the US and Global Life Science sector, including numerous buy- and sell-side M&A transactions


Completed transactions at KAI include:


  • Twenty-two buy and sell-side M&A engagements, generating aggregate transaction value in excess of $650 million.

  • Numerous early-stage pharmaceutical partnering assignments with aggregate value generated for clients of more than $875 million.

  • Facilitation of several royalty monetization and structured debt transactions, with aggregate realized value in excess of $225 million.


Prior to founding Katan Associates in 2001, Seth worked in merchant banking at the Union Bank of California, N.A., in the Specialized Lending Media and Telecommunications Group. During his six years there, he completed the placement of subordinated debt and private equity investments, exceeding $3 billion in transaction value.


Seth began his career as a venture capital analyst with Ventana Growth Funds and Sureste Venture Management, where he gained significant experience in creating successful venture-backed life science companies.


Seth is a recognized as an expert in the valuation of life sciences companies, stemming from industry experience and academia. He has authored several publications and lectured and guest lectured at corporate workshop and universities on valuation theory and real-world practice and case studies, and consulted to several state and provincial governments worldwide on commercialization and capital access initiatives.


Seth currently serves as interim management at several of Katan’s Merchant Banking portfolio companies. Seth currently serves on the board of directors of FitLife Brands, Inc. (FLTF).


Seth holds an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Irvine and a BA in History and Public Affairs from the University of Denver.


Seth enjoys being a Dad to his two children, practicing yoga, pursuing watches and collecting classic German automobiles.