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M&A Advisor Recognizes RSM's Amy Kasden and Stephen Rupnarain as Emerging Leaders

Oct 21, 2021

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M&A Advisor Recognizes RSM's Amy Kasden and Stephen Rupnarain as Emerging Leaders

CHICAGO – (October 21, 2021) – RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market –  is pleased to announce that Amy Kasden, principal, mergers & acquisitions tax services with RSM US, and Stephen Rupnarain, partner and Canada M&A tax services leader with RSM Canada, were recently recognized by The M&A Advisor as recipients of the 12th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards.

According to the publication, The M&A Advisor's Emerging Leaders Awards are renowned globally for recognizing great achievements and leadership among mergers and acquisitions, financing, and turnaround professionals. The M&A Advisor created the program to honor the significant contributions of accomplished, future leaders in a robust industry of dealmakers; promote mentorship and professional development of these individuals; and celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to progress in the industry.

Kasden and Rupnarain were selected from among hundreds of nominations submitted by industry peers and colleagues for their noteworthy business accomplishments and service to the community. Prominent members and experts in the M&A, finance and turnaround community evaluated the nominees and selected the winners.

“We are thrilled that Amy and Stephen have been recognized by The M&A Advisor for their hard work and leadership in our U.S. and Canada M&A practices,” said Vikas Sekhri, national leader of mergers and acquisitions tax services with RSM US LLP, and previous M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Award recipient. “They are both trusted first-choice advisors who not only succeed at providing their clients with exceptional service, but also dedicate their time to helping their communities. They truly embody the values and culture of RSM, and we’re proud of them for their continued accomplishments.”

"As an organization, we have always believed that our awards programs stand as an oasis for inspiration and celebration of achievement,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder and CEO of The M&A Advisor. “Over the past 18 months, we have witnessed notable contributions from these emerging leaders in the face of tremendous economic turmoil and uncertainty. Truly, the Emerging Leader Awardees we are honoring this year are the best and the brightest. They are the future of the M&A, finance, and turnaround industry."

“I have learned and grown a tremendous amount through my experiences at RSM,” said Kasden. “I appreciate M&A Advisor’s recognition as an Emerging Leader, and I look forward to continuing to share my insights with my teams and clients.”

“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of my work for RSM,” said Rupnarain. “Stewardship is on one of RSM’s core values, and receiving M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leaders Award is a testament to that value.”

For a full list of the 12th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards winners, visit The M&A Advisor website. For a complete list of RSM workplace and other recognitions, visit the Awards and Recognitions page of the firm’s website.


RSM is the leading provider of professional services to the middle market. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business landscape. Our purpose is to instill confidence in a world of change, empowering our clients and people to realize their full potential.

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