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

Oct 21, 2021
Oct 21, 2021
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TORONTO, ON – (October 21, 2021) – RSM Canada, a leading global provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, is pleased to announce that Stephen Rupnarain, partner and Canada M&A tax services leader at RSM Canada, and Amy Kasden, principal, mergers & acquisitions tax services with RSM US, 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.

“We are thrilled that Stephen and Amy 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.”

Rupnarain and Kasden 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.

“I am delighted that Stephen has been recognized by The M&A Advisor for his dedication and guidance in our Canada M&A practice,” said Maria Severino, national tax leader, RSM Canada. “Stephen is an exemplary leader who provides exceptional service to our clients, and has brought significant growth to the practice. I am incredibly proud of him.”

"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," said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder and CEO of The M&A Advisor.

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

“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.”

For a full list of the 12th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards winners, visit The M&A Advisor website. 

About The M&A Advisor

Founded in 1998, The M&A Advisor has built a leading global network of M&A, turnaround, and finance professionals across domestic and international dealmaking. Today, they have the privilege of presenting, recognizing achievements, and facilitating connections between the industry's top performers worldwide through community-building events, awards programs, and content.  

About RSM Canada

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.

RSM Canada LLP provides public accounting services and is the Canadian member firm of RSM International, a global network of independent assurance, tax and consulting firms with 64,000 people in 120 countries. RSM Canada Consulting LP provides consulting services and is an affiliate of RSM US LLP, a member firm of RSM International. For more information visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on X and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.