Based in New York, Donato is a Managing Director at DC Advisory US, where he heads up the firm’s Financial Sponsors practice area.

Before joining DC Advisory US, Donato was the Head of the Financial Sponsors Group at Sagent Advisors, having joined in 2005. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director in Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Group, joining the firm in 1988. As a founding member of Merrill Lynch’s Financial Sponsor Group, he was responsible for developing many of the firm’s relationships with private equity clients.

Previously, Donato was a generalist banker in corporate finance, where he led the execution of numerous advisory and financing assignments in a number of industries, including consumer, healthcare services, energy and industrials.

Donato graduated from Universita’ L. Bocconi in Milan, Italy and received his M.B.A. from Columbia University.