Michael Orbach
Michael Orbach

Michael Orbach

Managing Director
  • Technology

Q & A

“Our clients consider us to be thoughtful, experienced and action orientated; almost an extension of their executive team, always available and driving the optimum outcome for them.”

  • Q: Trust. Experience. Independence. Results. What does this mean to you?

    Our clients entrust us, based on our expertise and experience, to manage all aspects of what is often the most significant business event of a company’s existence – the sale or financing of the business. This responsibility means an enormous amount to all of us at Cascadia and compels us to do the very best we can to achieve the optimal outcome for our clients.

  • Q: What drives you?

    My strong interests in business and technology, the enjoyment associated with solving challenging problems and my affinity and experience for entrepreneurialism.

  • Q: What are you passionate about?

    Understanding our clients’ business from the perspectives of the people that run the companies, the shareholders’ requirements and the business models and technologies that underpin them. Then, figuring out the best way to position these companies within the technology ecosystem so that the shareholders, managers and employees of these businesses all maximize their success.


Private and public M&A and financings for enterprise software and technology-enabled services business in North America, Europe and Asia, in sectors that include marketing automation, business intelligence and analytics, digital media, IT security, cloud computing, infrastructure software, industrial automation and mobile solutions.


Michael Orbach is a Managing Director at Cascadia Capital in the firm’s Technology practice. With over 30 years of operational and transactional experience, he has closed more than 90 public, private and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and financings, in enterprise software, digital media, IT security, cloud computing, infrastructure software, mobile solutions and technology-enabled services.

Michael joined Cascadia from Pagemill Partners, where he served as a Managing Director. Prior to Pagemill, he was a founding member of ABB New Ventures Ltd, the corporate finance and venture capital group of ABB Ltd, where he was Managing Director of the ABB Industrial IT Venture Fund.

During his career as a software entrepreneur, Michael co-founded and managed Simulation Sciences from inception through its IPO; and then sold the business to Invensys plc (LSE: ISYS).  He also led a technology and service company M&A for Aspen Technology (NASDAQ:AZPN) and he co-founded Skyva International, which was later sold to ABB Ltd. (VIRTX: ABBN).

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and an M.B.A from the University of Washington.

Trust. Experience. Independence. Results.

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