News & Insights

Leon Chen Announced as Winner of the 9th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards

Los Angeles, California, June 28, 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.

Leon Chen has been chosen for his 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.

Leon Chen is a managing director for Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors’ growth private equity activities. He is primarily responsible for identifying and analyzing investment opportunities, monitoring of portfolio companies, and deal execution. His areas of investment focus include software and tech-enabled businesses across media and telecom, business services, supply chain and logistics, and healthcare. Mr. Chen currently sits on the board of six portfolio companies for Kayne Partners.

Prior to joining Kayne Anderson in 2012, Mr. Chen was the director of business development at Relativity Media, a film financing and production company based in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he held positions at Clarity Partners, a Los Angeles-based middle market private equity firm and at Citigroup in the investment banking division in New York. While at Clarity Partners and Citigroup, Mr. Chen focused on transactions in the media, telecommunications, and business services industries.

Mr. Chen earned a B.B.A in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past twenty years we have established the premier global network of M&A, Turnaround and Finance professionals. Today, we have the privilege of presenting, recognizing the achievements of, and facilitating connections between the industry’s top performers throughout the world with a comprehensive range of services. To learn more visit

# # #
Media Contact:
Liudmila Pisareva

The M&A Advisor
T. 212-951-1550