Meet The Team

Maria Lewis Kussmaul, CFA

Co-Founder and Partner - Boston

Maria, a Co-Founder and Partner at AGC Partners, leads the firm’s investment banking efforts in the IT security sector. A recognized domain expert, Maria is a frequent contributor to industry events, panelist/presenter at the RSA Conference, Member of Massachusetts Governor’s Cybersecurity Strategy Council, Security Innovation Network (SINET) Advisory Board Member, Naval War College Roundtable Participant and has facilitated numerous “Blue Sky” strategic planning sessions with leading security teams. Prior to co-founding AGC, Maria was a co-founder, general and venture partner of Castile Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm. Maria’s early Wall Street career spanned three firms – Smith Barney, Shearson Lehman and Cowen & Co., culminating as global head of Cowen’s data networks & Internet investment banking activities. Working for nearly 40 years as a sell-side equity analyst, venture capitalist and investment banker, Maria has advised on hundreds of telecom equipment, networking, Internet and security transactions. Previously, she was named to the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team for 13 consecutive years. Maria holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University, an M.B.A. from Wharton School of Business and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She was the 2013 recipient of the Boston Joseph Wharton Award.

Testimonials

The AGC team exceeded expectations and was an exceptional partner to PKWARE. Maria's incredible finesse, deep understanding of the cybersecurity industry, and breadth of M&A experience were crucial in achieving a phenomenal outcome for our shareholders in an extremely challenging global economy. The AGC team worked tirelessly to make it happen and were a pleasure to work with.

Maria has been a trusted advisor to iSIGHT for a number of years. Her deep industry knowledge and relationships across the strategic and investment communities proved invaluable as we grew iSIGHT into a global threat intelligence leader. We're thrilled with this outcome and greatly appreciate Maria's hard work over the years as well as that of her team in helping to guide us to this point. I very much look forward to working with Maria and AGC again in the future.

AGC did a fantastic job advising Xceedium during the M&A process. The management team, Board, and shareholders were all thoroughly impressed by Maria’s deep industry knowledge and close relationships with the major security players. The entire AGC team served as a trusted advisor and helped make this transaction a success. We look forward to working with Maria and her team again in the future.