Sara Elinson
Technology’s transformative power cannot be understated. Applied to financial services, the next five years will usher in more innovation and change than we’ve seen in the last fifty.

Sara Elinson

EY Americas FinTech M&A Leader and EY Americas Payments M&A Leader, Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC US Financial Technology Investment Banking, Senior Managing Director

FinTech strategist and ecosystem builder. Helping FinTech companies and incumbents advance digital financial services through investment, M&A and partnerships.

A partner in the Financial Services practice at Ernst & Young LLP, Sara leads the EY FinTech M&A practice for the Americas and assists FinTech companies with strategic investment decisions, including M&A, JVs and new market entry.

With about 20 years of industry experience, she has helped EY clients translate growth strategies into practical action, providing advice on the identification of potential partners, financial modeling and business case analysis and valuation, and deal execution.

Sara is committed to building the FinTech ecosystem through her participation in select incubators and accelerators. 

Sara is also a Senior Managing Director, US Financial Technology Investment Banking for Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC (EYCA) where she advises clients on M&A and capital raises, including M&A growth strategies, joint ventures, growth and acquisition financing as well as divestitures and full exits.

She earned an MBA from Cornell University and a BA in Rhetoric and French Literature from the University of Virginia. Sara holds FINRA Series 24, 7, 63 and 79 licenses.

How Sara is building a better working world

“The FinTech ecosystem is exploding with innovations from new entrants and incumbents alike. I take my personal responsibility seriously to help steer that innovation toward inclusive and responsible financial products and services. By participating as a mentor in initiatives that promote inclusiveness and sponsoring FinTech programming for female founders and investors, I am proud of the role I play in helping build a more diverse FinTech ecosystem.”


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Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC (EYCA) is a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA ) providing sector-specific advice on M&A, debt capital markets, equity capital markets and capital restructuring transactions. It is an affiliate of Ernst & Young LLP serving clients in the US.

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