Matt Michaelis established Perla Capital Partners to acquire businesses with strong management teams and attractive growth opportunities.  He is focused on the telecommunications industry, leveraging his prior ten years of experience, and deep industry relationships.

Prior to founding the Firm, Mr. Michaelis had a successful, 15-year career in mergers and acquisitions advisory.  Most recently, he held a senior role at Jeffrey Williams & Co. where he was a trusted advisor to clients in the telecom industry.  His most recent notable assignment was advising Leap Wireless in its successful defense against a hostile acquiror.   

Prior to that, he was at Greenhill & Co., where he advised clients - public and private corporations as well as private equity firms - across a broad range of industries.  Key clients included Compaq Computers, Alta Vista, CMGI, The Pillsbury Company, Savia S.A. and Enterprise Mortgage Acceptance Corp.  

Mr. Michaelis got his start in investment banking with Salomon Brothers where he specialized in the financial services industry, advising clients on both M&A and capital raising.

Mr. Michaelis holds a BS in Business Administration with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Emprise Bank, a commercial bank headquartered in Wichita, KS.