History

The Drake Star brand pays homage to our ethos and our belief that innovation can change the world for the better. The Drake Star compass at the heart of our identity points toward magnetic north, a point on the globe which is constantly shifting, much like the technical and financial landscape our firm calls home. We operate on the assumption that change is the only constant in our industry, driving technological progress through innovation. 

At Drake Star, we use our network of global offices, partners, advisors, and bankers to navigate the tech landscape. As a leading tech M&A investment bank we steer the conversation and drive decisions which unlock value today and pave the way toward an increasingly tech-led future. 

With over 400+ transactions completed since its inception, Drake Star has worked with an expansive range of clients and counterparties including Accel Partners, Advent, Amdocs, Axel Springer, Balderton Capital, Bertelsmann, Capgemini, CA Technologies, Carlyle Group, Cathay Capital, Cisco, Court Square, Electronic Arts, EQT, Equifax, Index Ventures, Informa, Investcorp, Kion Group, La Poste, Lexis-Nexis, Marlin Equity Partners, Manpower, Mayfair, Motorola, Nokia, Omnicom Media Group, Onex, Oracle, Orange, Polaris, ProSiebenSat.1 Media, PSG, Rakuten, Shell, Sony, Ströer, Thomson Reuters, Warburg Pincus, WPP, and Zynga, among many others. 

Our team of 100+ senior professionals offers unparalleled understanding of business dynamics and the universe of investors and acquirers within the technology sectors we specialize. Our domain expertise, along with the technical know-how of bulge bracket investment bankers, uniquely positions us to achieve desired results for our clients worldwide. 

100+ Senior Professionals
400+ Transactions

Deal Of Year Awards

  • 2022
    THE M&A ATLAS AWARDS - 4th ANNUAL USA AWARDS, MIDDLE MARKETS
    “Deal Of The Year”
  • 2021
    THE M&A ATLAS – 13TH ANNUAL AMERICAS M&A AWARDS:
    “Business Services Deal of the Year”
  • 2021
    THE M&A ATLAS – 13TH ANNUAL AMERICAS M&A AWARDS:
    “Americas Deal of the Year”
  • 2021
    THE M&A ATLAS – 13TH ANNUAL M&A AWARDS:
    “Europe M&A Deal of the Year”
  • 2021
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 20TH ANNUAL M&A AWARDS:
    “Telecommunication Services Deal of the Year”
  • 2020
    THE M&A ATLAS AWARDS:
    “America’s Deal of the Year”
  • 2019
    THE M&A ADVISOR AWARDS:
    “Cross-border Deal of the Year”
  • 2019
    THE M&A ATLAS AWARDS:
    “Cross-border Deal of the Year”
  • 2019
    THE M&A ATLAS AWARDS:
    “Media/Entertainment Deal of the Year (Mid-Market)”
  • 2019
    THE M&A ATLAS AWARDS
    "Corporate Deal of the Year"
  • 2019
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 11TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL M&A AWARDS:
    “M&A Deal of the Year”
  • 2018
    THE M&A ATLAS AWARDS:
    "Cross-border Deal of the Year"
  • 2018
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 17TH ANNUAL M&A AWARDS:
    “Telecommunication Services Deal of the Year”
  • 2018
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 2ND EMEA CORPORATE GROWTH AWARDS:
    “Energy Deal of the Year”
  • 2018
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 2ND EMEA CORPORATE GROWTH AWARDS:
    “Transaction of the Year (over €50M – €75M)”
  • 2018
    DUTCH CORPORATE FINANCE ASSOCIATION:
    “2017 Deal of the Year”
  • 2017
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 16TH ANNUAL M&A AWARDS:
    “Information Technology Deal of the Year ($50M To $100M)”
  • 2017
    FINANCE MONTHLY:
    “Dealmaker of the Year – NewMotion Acquired by Shell”
  • 2017
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 9TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL M&A AWARDS:
    “Europe Deal of the Year”
  • 2017
    FINANCE MONTHLY – DEALMAKER OF THE YEAR:
    “Internet Media Services (IMS) to Acquire a Majority Stake in Httpool”
  • 2017
    FINANCE MONTHLY – DEALMAKER OF THE YEAR:
    “Intercloud Raises €10M In Funding”
  • 2016
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 15TH ANNUAL M&A AWARDS:
    “Information Technology Deal of the Year”
  • 2016
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 8TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL M&A AWARDS:
    “Cross-border M&A Deal of the Year (over $25M to $50M)”
  • 2015
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 7TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL M&A AWARDS:
    “TMT Deal of the Year ($100M to $1B)”
  • 2014
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 6TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL M&A AWARDS:
    “Restructuring Deal of the Year ($50M to $100M)”
  • 2014
    ACG NEW YORK CHAMPION’S AWARD:
    “Technology, Media, Telecom Deal of the Year (up to $100M)”
  • 2014
    THE M&A ATLAS AWARDS:
    Cross-border Deal of the Year (Small Mid Markets)
  • 2013
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL M&A AWARDS:
    "M&A Deal of the Year ($100M to $250M)"
  • 2013
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL M&A AWARDS:
    "Technology, Media, Telecom Deal of the Year (under $1B)"
  • 2013
    THE M&A ADVISOR – 12TH ANNUAL AWARDS:
    “Technology, Media, Telecom Deal of the Year ($100M to $500M)”
  • 2013
    CG NEW YORK CHAMPION’S AWARD:
    “Technology, Media, Telecom Deal of the Year”

Firm Of Year Awards

  • 2020
    THE M&A ATLAS AWARDS:
    "Cross-border Investment Bank of the Year”
  • 2019
    M&A ATLAS AWARDS:
    “Cross-border Boutique Investment Bank of the Year”
  • 2016
    ACQ5 – GLOBAL AWARDS 2016:
    “US (NY) – Boutique Investment Bank of the Year (Growth Industries)”
  • 2016
    DEALMAKERS GLOBAL AWARDS 2016:
    Best Corporate Finance Firm – Germany
  • 2015
    ACQ5 – GLOBAL AWARDS 2015:
    “US (NY) – Boutique Investment Bank of the Year (Growth Industries)”
  • 2014
    ACQUISITION INTERNATIONAL – M&A AWARDS:
    “Leading Advisory Firm of the Year”
  • 2014
    THE M&A ATLAS AWARDS:
    “Top 10 Boutique Investment Bank of the Year”

Leadership Awards

  • 2022
    THE M&A ATLAS AWARDS - 4th ANNUAL USA AWARDS, MIDDLE MARKETS
    “Boutique Investment Banker of the Year - Juan D. Mejia”
  • 2020
    THE M&A ATLAS – 13TH ANNUAL AWARDS:
    "Global M&A Leadership Award – Gregory Bedrosian”
  • 2016
    THE M&A ADVISOR:
    “Leadership Award – Gregory Bedrosian”
  • 2015
    ACQ5 – GLOBAL AWARDS 2015:
    “US (NY) – Leading M&A Dealmaker of the Year, Gregory Bedrosian”

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