Office Location
New York, NY

Michael Fanelli

Partner, Tri-State Leader of Transaction Advisory Services
Office Location
New York, NY

About Michael

Michael Fanelli is a partner and the tri-state leader of the transaction advisory services practice for RSM US LLP. He focuses on financial due diligence on both buy-side and sell-side transactions for private equity and corporate acquirers, while continuing to bring value to the investment, post-closing of a transaction. He serves as the national private equity TAS leader and is a member of RSM’s New York leadership team.


Michael is responsible for growing the TAS practice in the tri-state area and providing clients with M&A due diligence services, including financial, tax, information technology, cyber, analytics and more. He has participated in more than 400 M&A transactions in his career, with a primary focus on consumer products and industrials. His longevity in the firm helps Michael tap into the right resources for every engagement. He strives to understand his client’s overall investment thesis for an M&A transaction, and he brings RSM’s full suite of services to improve business operations post-close. 

Michael has held several leadership roles within the firm. He served as a member of RSM’s National One Consultancy Committee to bolster cohesiveness among all consulting services in the firm. He is also a founding member of igNYte, a tri-state team promoting growth culture across the region. igNYte developed an accelerator program to provide growth, mentorship and education to supervisors and managers, and it supported local market industry launch teams to share best practices, tools and resources to enhance growth culture in the tri-state market. 

Michael is passionate about building relationships and strengthening communication within his team. He enjoys providing colleagues with ample opportunities to achieve their career goals and objectives. He thrives on seeing both the success of others within the firm and the success of his clients. 

Prior to RSM, Michael served as an auditor at a Big Four firm and a controller at a middle market firm, where he gained experience on the client side. He has participated in many expert panel discussions on topics related to M&A transactions. In 2015, he was awarded the M&A Advisors 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Award. 

Michael participates in the firm’s culture, diversity and inclusion efforts as the executive sponsor for Valor, RSM’s employee network group that encourages the recruitment, retention and success of military service members. He is involved with Team RWB, an organization helping veterans reacclimate to society through sports. 

Professional Affiliations and Designations

  • Certified public accountant, New York

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants  


Bachelor of Science, accounting, Binghamton University

Office Location
New York, NY