Stephen Dirkes has more than 20 years of Corporate Finance experience primarily executing Merger & Acquisition transactions. Mr. Dirkes has advised on over 80 transactions with an aggregate deal value of approximately $30 billion. Before joining Crosstree, Mr. Dirkes was with Oppenheimer & Co. in New York where he focused on a wide range of M&A transactions for middle-market clients. Prior to that, Mr. Dirkes held positions at UBS, Deutsche Bank, and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. He started his career as a CPA with KPMG. Mr. Dirkes holds a M.S. degree in Accounting from Lehigh University and a M.B.A from Cornell University.