Firdaus Pohowalla
Firdaus Pohowalla

Firdaus Pohowalla

Managing Director
  • Industrials
  • Robotics, Automation & Artificial Intelligence

Q & A

“Listening to our clients, understanding their motivations and thinking about the long-term is how we help them realize their greatest ambitions.”

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

    Our clients entrepreneurs and business owners who rely on us to be their strategic thought partners and trusted advisors. Cascadia offers both a unique banking platform and a team with significant corporate finance and capital markets experience. This combination results in the independent guidance required to deliver the right outcome.  We approach every relationship with that mindset—always.

  • Q: What drives you?

    Finding the best solution for my clients and building lasting relationships with them along the way.

  • Q: What are you passionate about?

    I want to be purposeful, learn from my experiences and create positive change.  I’m excited to be back home to the Pacific Northwest with my family and engage with a community for which I care deeply and whose values reflect my own.


Firdaus has spent over two decades as a strategic advisor to companies; first, as a strategy consultant and then 17  years on Wall Street with bulge bracket investment banks.  As an investment banker, he has focused on advisory and financings, including M&A, debt / equity private placements and distressed advisory.  He has advised owners, entrepreneurs, management teams and boards, has served as a qualified expert witness and has led several multi-billion dollar loan and high-yield bond financings.

Firdaus is frequently called upon by entrepreneurs, business owners and stakeholders to develop solutions to complex corporate problems, often when facing inflection point decisions in their business lifecycles. In his over 20 year career, Firdaus has worked across a wide array of industries with a focus on the intersection of industrials and technology.


Firdaus Pohowalla is a Managing Director at Cascadia Capital with broad advisory and financing experience.  Firdaus heads Cascadia’s industrials coverage group providing strategic advice and developing tailored solutions to complex problems for clients.  His expertise is in identifying solutions that pair client objectives with feasible capital markets options.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Firdaus had previously spent 17 years in New York and San Francisco with Barclays, UBS and Merrill Lynch.  Earlier, Firdaus was a strategy consultant with Deloitte Consulting / Braxton Associates focused on strategic advisory for technology and telecommunications companies.

Firdaus holds a B.A. Economics (Honors) from Carleton College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Trust. Experience. Independence. Results.

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