Representing Companies of $5 million to $100 million


He has sold more than 700 businesses and spent over 75,000 hours helping business owners exit their business.

Russell was the TOP DEAL MAKER for the State of Florida in 2019, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, and 2005. He was the TOP DEAL MAKER in South Florida in 2021,2018, 2017, 2014, 2011, and 2008.

In 2023 Russell was elected to the Board of Governors for the M & A Source, a National Organization of M & A Advisors and has earned hi M&AMI certification.

Our Team

Our Team

President/M&A Advisor

Russell Cohen

Russell Cohen is the President of South Florida M&A Advisors, Inc. with more than 25 years of deal-making experience focused in Florida. Throughout his tenure, Russell has sold more than businesses than any other advisor in the state of Florida. Russell has a deep understanding of the intricacies of the business sales process and has a proven track record of successfully navigating transactions of all sizes in all industries. Russell prides himself on personally supporting sellers from engagement to closing through all facets of the transaction with experience, dedication, and integrity.

In 2023 Russell was elected to the Board of Governors for the M&A Source, a National Organization of M&A Advisors and in 2021 he earned his M&AMI certification. 

Russell was the TOP DEAL MAKER for the State of Florida in 2019, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, and 2005. He was the TOP DEAL MAKER in South Florida in 2021, 2018, 2017, 2014, 2011, and 2008.

In November 2023 Russell and his team at South Florida M&A Advisors, Inc. facilitated one of the largest platform deals in Florida of $100,000,000 between a private equity group and Florida roofing contractor.


Sailesh Sridhar

Sailesh has over 10+ years of investment banking experience having worked on several listed and marquee transactions across various sectors, including Healthcare. Sailesh has worked with EY, as part of their Transaction Advisory Services team were he was part of 50+ business valuation engagements covering both regulatory and transaction valuations. Prior to that, Sailesh was with Finquest Capital, a boutique investment bank based in Mumbai.

Sailesh has a B.Com (Hons) and an MBA (Finance) degree from Sri Sathya Sai University in India and is a CFA Charterholder.


Lakshmikant Sharma (LK)

Lakshmikant has over 6+ years of investment banking experience having worked on several mandates including cross-border M&A, equity and debt financings across various sectors. Before that, he had been with Tata Securities Ltd (Investment banking division), where he was involved with a few successful cross border M&A transactions and has extensively worked on valuation models (multiples/DCF), teasers, pitch books, IM’s and conducted due diligence process.

Lakshmikant has a B.A. (Hons. – Economics) and M.A. (Economics) degree as well as an MBA (Finance) from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.

M&A Advisor

Jose Yankelevitch

Jose has been in business since 1988, mainly in the Export Business of Industrial Parts and Equipment to South America.  He brings his industrial experience to our team helping him understand the intricacies of Industrial, Manufacturing and Testing Companies.  In fact his first M&A transaction was the $8.1M sale of a Specialty Materials Testing laboratory.  He joined our team 4 years ago and has brought his own business experience along to guide us in the ins and outs of the business world.  Jose clearly understands the Seller’s and Buyer’s needs, thus facilitating these types of transactions.

Jose has a degree in Architecture from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).  The study of Architecture has given Jose the ability to take a look at a problem in its parts and find an optimum solution putting them all together to make them work as one complete solution.  Problem solving is his forte.

M&A Advisor

Denis Berger

My specialty as a Business Intermediary is in business mergers and acquisitions and highly valued companies. In choosing the right broker to market your business for sale, you can rely on me as a professional that represents you in fair & honest environment. My approach is to thoroughly prepare the seller in analyzing the benefits of acquisitions, mergers or business sales. My unique background as an Accountant & Financial management combined with years of entrepreneurial “hands –on” experience has given me a unique ability to effectively assist and advise my clients. In order market your business I would conduct an in-depth financial analysis along with comparable industry transactions to determine the most probable selling range for your business in order to Establish a competitive price based on an Asset Valuation, Market Comparison Valuation or an Income Based Valuation for your business

Business Transfer Advisor/CPA

Alan Vera

Alan has been an active Florida CPA since 2006 Alan and has over 15 years of expertise in accounting, taxation, auditing, and business valuations, He has an in-depth knowledge in cross border taxation and real estate tiered entity structures. Alan graduated cum laude from Florida International University’s prestigious accounting program in 2005. He worked for various large CPA firms immediately after college and then became an entrepreneur, owning his own CPA firm which he sold in 2019.

Alan has a deep focus on consulting clients on structuring including capital gain maximization and GAAP implementation for small medium size entities. Alan’s extensive knowledge of independent valuations of small to medium-sized entities has helped him to sell businesses throughout South Florida.

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