ACG San Diego | M&A DealStory: Waverock Software's Strategic Investment in Grasp Technologies

M&A DealStory

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January 17, 2023 8 AM - 10 AM PST

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This DealStory will focus on Waverock Software’s strategic investment in Grasp Technologies. Waverock, a company focused on acquiring, managing, and growing vertical enterprise software businesses, offered a unique investment approach that “aligned perfectly with our core principle of happy employees, happy customers, everybody wins,” said Grasp President & CEO Erik Mueller.

Grasp is the leading provider of travel data management, and has developed a robust set of data solutions that has been well-tailored to the needs of industry stakeholders for over twenty years. Learn the details behind this interesting deal directly from the members of the deal team, including the CEOs of both Grasp and Waverock, Objective Investment Banking & Valuation, the sell-side advisor for Grasp, and Sheppard Mullin, attorneys to Grasp.


  • Jamie Mercer | Partner, Sheppard Mullin
  • Erik Mueller | CEO, Grasp Technologies
  • Mike Rozenfeld | CEO, Waverock Software


  • Trever Acers | Managing Director, Objective Investment Banking & Valuation


Jamie Mercer

Jamie Mercer

Sheppard Mullin

James “Jamie” Mercer is a partner in Sheppard Mullin’s Corporate Practice Group.  He co-chairs the firm’s Capital Markets Team, and previously served as Managing Partner for the firm’s London office and co-chair of the Corporate Practice Group.  Jamie’s practice focuses on corporate law, with an emphasis in U.S. and cross-border capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions.  He advises U.S.-based and international companies in public and private offerings of securities, including initial public offerings, secondary public offerings, Regulation D, Regulation S, Rule 144A private placements and security token offerings (STOs). He also represents financial and strategic investors, including private equity funds, in U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions across a wide variety of industries. 

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Jamie previously served as general counsel and chief financial officer of a Nasdaq-listed telecommunications software company.  He has been recognized for Corporate Law by Best Lawyers, 2021 - 2023

Erik Mueller

Erik Mueller

Grasp Technologies

Erik is the President and CEO of Grasp Technologies, Inc., and the leading expert in the field of travel data management and analytics. Erik has been in the travel industry for over 30 years, and was responsible for creating the first automated graphic reporting system for the travel industry. He is considered the foremost expert on data consolidation and visualization in the Travel Industry space.

Erik was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Executives in 2015 by Business Travel News, and Grasp has been ranked by INC. Magazine of the 5000 fastest growing companies in America for the past six years running. In addition to serving as the President and CEO of Grasp Technologies, Inc. he served over as a board member of the Ohio and San Diego Business Travel Associations, was on the ACTE Steering Committee, GBTA Technology Committee and frequently contributes to articles for numerous industry publications and blogs.

Mike Rozenfeld

Mike Rozenfeld

Waverock Software

Mike Rozenfeld is the CEO of Waverock Software, a holding company focused on the vertical SaaS market. Mike is a software entrepreneur and investor with experience in operations, acquisitions, capital structure, strategy, sales and marketing. His passion for building software companies in a collaborative environment and smart capital allocation led him to launch Waverock Software. Prior to starting Waverock, Mike served as a CEO of a healthcare SaaS business that helped hospital systems complete $90B of complex capital equipment projects. Mike also worked in venture development, private equity, and management consulting. He holds a BBA from The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Trever Acers

Trever Acers (Moderator)

Objective, Investment Banking & Valuation
Managing Director

Trever F. Acers is the Founder and Managing Director, Investment Banking at Objective, Investment Banking & Valuation and concurrently operates as the Leader of the Consumer Practice. Mr. Acers has 20+ years of investment banking, acquisition, and strategy experience advising middle market companies on transaction execution and strategy.

Trever is very involved in the San Diego business community, and regularly appears as a panelist or speaker for multiple organizations including ACG SD, EPI SD, EO SD, CFO Leadership Council, Southern California Institute, and more. He is a board member of  San Diego Sports Innovators, and a member of EO SD, ACG SD, and many more organizations that foster business relationships and growth in the San Diego area. He has also been recognized many times for his excellence in investment banking including being recognized as a Top Influential Business Leader in the SD 500 List by the San Diego Business Journal for the past 6 years.

Mr. Acers has a MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management with a finance concentration and a bachelor’s degree with high honors in business administration from the University of San Diego. He holds FINRA Series 79 and Series 63 licenses and is a Registered Representative of BA Securities LLC, Member FINRA SIPC.

Event Secondary Body


  • ACG San Diego Members: $30
  • Members of Other ACG Chapters: $30
  • Non-Members & Guests:  $95

Questions?  Contact Executive Director Mike Lasher at

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