R. Wade Aust, CFA
Mr. Aust has worked in the international corporate development field since 1994. Promoted to Partner in 2000, he has been instrumental in increasing the average transaction size at C.W. Downer & Co. Mr. Aust pioneered the development of the firm’s “pre-marketing” divestiture process based upon his in-depth knowledge and experience with European sell-side transactions. This process minimizes the client’s time in-market and enables the seller to proactively select buyers based upon market data. In addition, Mr. Aust is responsible for leading C.W. Downer & Co.’s Aerospace and Automotive practice groups, and travels extensively between the US, Continental Europe and the UK.
Mr. Aust competed on the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic Sailing Teams and worked with the International Olympic Committee as a coach and as an international fundraiser until 1992. He received his bachelor's degree in Finance and Mathematics from Salve Regina University in 1991. Mr. Aust is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has a working knowledge of the German language.