A little snipit from Needhams website. Below is list of services offered to their clients. I was specifically focused on the M&A offerings they have such as Ramtron to Cypress. A variety of M&A in 2012 alone they completed 50 transactions totaling $4.8 billion. These clients include several very big players such as IBM, Skyworks, Unicom and Synopsys. I do like the direction the company has been going and I do believe if a merger or aquasition is in play it looks as if Needham has the experiance and knowledge to make it happen. You can go to Needhams website for more information on past M&A brokered deals.
From Needhams website
Needham’s principal activities involve assisting our clients through a variety of advisory and transaction-related services, with a specific focus on:
•Public and private financings
•Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
•Institutional sales and trading
•Asset management through public and private funds