New York, New York, June 26th, 2018- The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the Emerging Leaders Awards on Tuesday, June 26th.

The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its recognition of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, created this event to promote mentorship and professional development amongst the emerging business leaders.

Esther Yue Townell has been chosen for her accomplishments and expertise from a pool of nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.

“The Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards was born as the 40 Under 40 Awards in the United States in 2010 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young M&A, Financing and Turnaround professionals who had reached a significant level of success and made a notable contribution to their industry and community. With the expansion of the Emerging Leaders program to the United Kingdom, and Europe in 2016, the 2018 US award winners join a truly global network of outstanding young professionals,” said David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor.

On Tuesday, September 18th, The M&A Advisor will host a black tie Awards Gala at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to introduce the Emerging Leaders Award Winners to the business community and celebrate their achievements. The Awards Gala is a feature of the 2018 Emerging Leaders Summit – an exclusive event pairing current and past Emerging Leaders winners together with their peers and industry stalwarts.

To view the complete list of this year Emerging Leaders Award Winners CLICK HERE.

Esther Yue is an investment professional who has been involved in the provision of $600 million to Small and Midsized businesses. She is an Associate at 40|73 Capital whose primary role is the investment analysis of lower-middle market leveraged buyout and recapitalization transactions. In addition, she helps the firm with business development, training of new interns, and serving as a sounding board on key initiatives. Esther started her investment career in the impact investing arena at Goldman Sachs where she helped establish 10,000 Women  Initiative as the most well-known program in China to provide women entrepreneurs with a management education, a business network, and access to capital. Prior to Goldman, Esther helped Southwestern University of Finance and Economics become the first EQUIS Accredited school in southwestern China. After Goldman, she came to the United States as a Research Scholar at Baruch College. Subsequently, she accepted a President’s Scholarship to receive an MBA from the preeminent Entrepreneurship program at Babson College. Beyond 40|73 Capital, Esther is active in various educational and charitable endeavors.


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