The CDA Team



James S. Hollander – Managing Director

A seasoned merger and acquisition advisor, James Hollander has over 35 years of M&A experience in both the investment banking and corporate arenas. He has completed buy-side and sell-side transactions ranging from $250,000 to $3 billion.

With his corporate and investment banking experience, Mr. Hollander understands the challenges a company faces when buying or selling a business. He understands how acquisitions and divestitures correlate to the company’s strategic plan. As a result of his tenure in the market, relationships have been established with prospective buyers and sellers and with other intermediaries throughout North America.

Prior to establishing CDA, Mr. Hollander worked as Director of Corporate Development for a public company that served the automotive components and plumbing products market. During that time, he was responsible for acquisitions, divestitures, and strategic planning. He has also worked at investment banking firms where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and valuations.

He holds an MBA degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and a BS degree from Drake University.

Michael S. Hollander – Advisor

Michael Hollander currently works at a leading Chicago-based private equity firm. He has also worked at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a large successful private equity firm located in New York. In addition, he has also worked for Fremont Partners a private equity firm in San Francisco, and at Salomon Smith Barney’s in its M&A and Healthcare Investment Banking Groups.

He graduated with distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with BSE degrees in finance and accounting and was a recipient of the Sol Feinstone award.


Thomas G. Amato – Advisor

Tom Amato has served as Chief Financial Officer of both public and private companies since 1980. He is currently Managing Director of Amato Ventures which is engaged in domestic oil and natural gas development. He also serves as a director of, Inc., Intersections, Inc., and trustee of Carrier Clinic, an independent Mental Health Hospital based in New Jersey.

He holds an AB in economics from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.