Archives: Media Highlights

Private equity circles fallen stars of pandemic IPO boom

In a recent interview with Sujeet Indap at the Financial Times, our Co-Founder & President Ted Smith discussed the advice he is sharing with BoDs and management around valuations, given rising interest rates and a potential recession. “If you are two years from your IPO and an initial price spike, then the company’s current market price is much more important to assessing value in a potential transaction.” Read more here.

Tale of two cities for tech deals

Our Co-Founder & President, Ted Smith and Managing Director & Head of Sponsor Coverage, Emily Anderson shared their insights about the unique dynamics shaping the current tech M&A environment with MK Flynn at PE Hub. Interested in why they believe we’re amidst a “tale of two cities”? Read more here.

Bloomberg

The Citrix Turning Point in Markets: Q&A

In a recent Credit Brief Q&A with Jill Shah of Bloomberg on the topic of advising borrowers, our Capital Markets Managing Director Michael Moore says, “If you’ve only lined up two or three potential parties at the table to evaluate that capital, you may be left at the altar without a solution.” You can read the entire piece discussing everything from Citrix to the state of the private credit market here.

Mergermarket

Summertime blues: Is M&A downturn finally turning a corner?

Now that summer is over, should investors expect to see #mna activity ramp back up? Our Partner and Head of M&A Wayne Kawarabayashi tells Mergermarket that players are “itching to do deals” but that “getting the stars to align” remains a challenge.

Bloomberg

Bloomberg Radio: Tech Stocks And Investing (Radio)

Take a listen to our President and Co-Founder Ted Smith’s interview on Bloomberg Radio with Paul Sweeney and Kriti Gupta, where he discussed exit options for tech companies, capitalmarkets and dealmaking trends in private markets.

WSJ

Companies Raise Less Capital as Markets Drop, Interest Rates Rise

Our Managing Director on the Capital Markets team, Michael Moore recently spoke with Nina Trentmann at The Wall Street Journal about the challenges firms are facing in securing funding in debt markets due to rising interest rates, high inflation, and economic uncertainty.

Yahoo! Finance

HP is betting that hybrid work is here to stay

In a recent interview with Alexandra Garfinkle of Yahoo Finance, our Managing Director Will Andereck shared his expectations that hybridwork technologies will be a hot spot for tech deals this year.

Private Debt Investor

The struggle to retain favoured status

In an interview with Private Debt Investor, our Partner and Head of Capital Markets, Mike Meyer discussed senior debt and how the current global economic back drop is impacting markets and volatility.

Pitchbook

M&A in a time of change

Our Managing Director and Head of Sponsor Coverage Emily Anderson was recently featured on PitchBook Data’s ‘In Visible Capital’ podcast to discuss drivers of PE & M&A volume, trending sectors in the PE space, current volatility in the market, and more.

Bloomberg

Bloomberg ‘The Tape’ Podcast

Our Co-Founder and President Ted Smith recently discussed his outlook on #tech deals amid market volatility, inflation and the conflict in Ukraine on Bloomberg LP’s “The Tape” podcast.

The Deal

Hard Times for Software Attract Sponsors, Suitors

In a recent interview with The Deal’s Chris Nolter, our Co-Founder and President Ted Smith, Partner and Head of M&A Wayne Kawarabayashi and Managing Director Andrew Atherton shared insight into the recent valuation crunch that has hit the enterprise software space and how it is spurring transactions. Learn more about why these technology companies are specifically focused on larger, needle-moving transactions.

Business Insider

Inside Wall Street’s culture war with Gen Z

GenZ bankers are now the youngest employees on Wall Street and are helping shape the future culture of the industry. Our Partner Devon Ritch recently spoke with Business Insider’s Reed Alexander to discuss how our firm is adjusting our flexible work environment to be more accommodative to junior bankers’ needs.

Bloomberg

Booming Tech M&A Activites in 2021

Co-Founder and President Ted Smith recently shared his insights with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang around the welcoming environment that is behind the explosion of tech mergers and acquisitions. Watch why we expect these dealmaking trends to continue in 2022.

Business Insider

Junior bankers are behind on training — and it’s causing stress across Wall Street

In a recent interview with Business Insider’s Reed Alexander, our Partner Devon Ritch shared insight into how we have adapted our training for first-year analysts in a hybrid deal-making environment. This included adding “office hours,” where senior bankers set time aside to meet with junior bankers to discuss the inner workings of a deal and get them excited about their career.

The Deal

PayPal, Pinterest Shows Fintech’s Growing Media Savvy

PayPal’s rumored acquisition of Pinterest has been making waves in the tech dealmaking scene. Our Managing Director Emily Todd Anderson recently discussed with The Deal how this deal would follow recent trends in finance and fintech media transactions.

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Fintech heavyweights still opting for IPOs over SPACs

Managing Director Andrew Atherton spoke with Yizhu Wang at S&P Global Market Intelligence about the strategies fintech companies have leveraged to find success in the public market, including adding software revenue streams on top of payment processing capabilities.

Forbes

Digital Innovation Surprised Many Last Year, But Can It Be Sustained?

Over the last 12 to 18 months, it has been encouraging to see several developments in the deployment and use of enterprise technology. Ubaid Dhiyan recently spoke with Forbes’ Joe McKendrick about the exciting opportunities he sees for entrepreneurs in terms of technology and innovation, including the use of AI for consumer applications.

Mergermarket

Shop Therapy: Stamps.com heads sharp increase in ecommerce M&A

Managing Director Emily Todd Anderson recently spoke with Mark Andress at Mergermarket to discuss the growing role that private equity is playing in ecommerce transactions. Recognizing the expansion that is still ahead for the ecommerce space, PE firms are looking to acquire companies that provide end-to-end ecommerce enablement offerings.

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Credit Rendezvous: ready and waiting

Mike Meyer, Partner and Head of Capital Markets, spoke with Creditflux for their “Credit Rendezvous” feature. Among other things, Mike weighed in on the timely topic of SPACs — “The boom in SPACs opens up a whole new capital market as a buyer for our product… When we have a sell-side M&A mandate we can sell to a private equity firm, we can sell to a strategic buyer, or now we can sell to a SPAC.”

WSJ

When SPACs Come Calling, 5 Things a Startup CFO Needs to Know

Partner and Head of our Capital Markets team, Mike Meyer recently spoke with The Wall Street Journal to discuss how a CFO can best prepare when a SPAC comes a calling. As the SPAC boom continues, it may be harder for CFOs to find an auditor.

Bloomberg

Finding Loans To Invest In: Q&A

In a recent interview with Bloomberg LP, our Partner and Head of Capital Markets Mike Meyer says he expects the recurring revenue lending market to explode this year as the demand for yield and credit continue to increase.

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Cybersecurity To Remain Hot In The New Year

Software Managing Director Andrew Atherton says he expects that cybersecurity will be a “red hot sector” for tech deals next year, as investors continue to pour piles of cash into that space.

Refinitiv

Ares Soaks Up Demand for Capstone’s US$800m Buyout Loan

In a recent Refinitiv interview on leveraged buyouts, our Partner Mike Meyer comments, “direct lenders essentially have their own syndication desk” and will not only underwrite the first-lien loan, but also “take down” the second-lien loan as well.

Puget Sound Business Journal

Seattle companies involved in rising M&A deals

As technology M&A activity continues to rise, Ted Smith tells the Puget Sound Business Journal that artificial intelligence and machine learning companies are “ripe for acquisition” particularly in the Seattle region.

Grubhub Is Being Bought by Amsterdam-Based Just Eat

In a follow up to their recent interview on Uber’s potential purchase of Grubhub, Todd Holman discusses JUST EAT’s confirmed acquisition of GrubHub and what it means for the delivery space with Barron’s Eric Savitz.

What The Recession Means for Tech Investors

New data suggests that the US economy entered a recession back in February, but our Partner and President Ted Smith tells TheStreet that he’s optimistic about the strength of the tech sector.

Drinks With The Deal: Ted Smith of Union Square Advisors

Ted Smith joins The Deal’s David Marcus on this month’s Drinks with the Deal podcast. They cover our recent work with Lytx and Permira, the evolving world of private equity, the founding of Union Square Advisors and the boutique model and a topic they’re both passionate about, wine.

Permira to buy take majority stake in Lytx

Union Square Advisors served as financial advisor to Permira in its acquisition of a majority stake in Lytx, Inc., which valued the business in excess of $2.5BN. 

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