Denis Ackah-Yensu is a Managing Director at Axum. His primary responsibilities at Axum include identifying, evaluating, and structuring potential transactions. Mr. Ackah-Yensu’s experience includes middle-market private equity investing, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. Prior to co-founding Axum, Mr. Ackah-Yensu worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at McColl Partners, a middle-market investment bank founded by the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of America, Hugh McColl, Jr. At McColl Partners, Mr. Ackah-Yensu executed a wide range of leveraged buyout transactions across multiple industries.
Previously, he identified and evaluated middle market private equity investments for Kamylon Capital and Summer Street Capital Partners, two private equity funds with over $1.2 billion in combined assets under management. Mr. Ackah-Yensu began his career in the investment banking division of Citigroup, Inc., where he worked with large capitalization companies to execute mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising transactions, including some of the largest transactions in U.S. history. Mr. Ackah-Yensu graduated with honors from Pace University with a bachelor of business administration in finance. He has been involved in a broad range of transactions across a wide range of industries, including building products, business services, communication, consumer products, food and beverage, and diversified manufacturing sectors.