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Drake Star Partners Wins Awards Underscoring the Firm’s Work in Communications and Digital Media

NEW YORK | PARIS | MUNICH | December 12, 2018 – Drake Star Partners has been awarded both the M&A Advisor’s “Telecommunication Services Deal of the Year” and the Global M&A Network’s “Cross Border Deal of the Year”. These awards are the latest in recent international industry recognition highlighting Drake Star Partners as a leader in cross-border technology deal-making.

The firm earned these top honors for its role as exclusive investment banking advisor in the acquisition of Astellia by EXFO (M&A Advisor’s “Telecommunication Services Deal of the Year”) and in the sale of Elgato Gaming to Corsair (Global M&A Network’s “Cross Border Deal of the Year”).

The 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday November 6 at the New York Athletic Club, while The Americas M&A Atlas Awards happened on Thursday November 29 at the Metropolitan Club, also in New York. Drake Star’s Managing Partner & CEO Gregory Bedrosian represented the firm at both events.

Gregory Bedrosian commented: “These two transactions are further evidence of our capacity to deliver cross-border transactions, with the Astellia and Elgato deals spanning across France, Canada, Germany and The United States. It was an honor to represent our French and German teams and to have accepted these awards on their behalf.”

Christophe Morvan, from Drake Star Paris team, continued: “Astellia’s acquisition by publicly-listed Canadian firm EXFO demonstrated our firm’s extensive expertise in communications and our ability to navigate complex regulatory frameworks in order to maximize our client’s industrial value creation and international expansion”.

The Munich team headed by Ralf Philipp Hofmann delivered a second award-winning transaction this year, with the sale of Elgato Gaming to CORSAIR. Ralf Hofmann stated: “While this transaction echoed our deep understanding of the digital media sector and commitment to reaching the best possible outcome for our client, it also showed our ability to run a highly competitive process, garnering strong interest from many global market players”.

 

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Gregory Bedrosian
Managing Partner & CEO | Drake Star Partners
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Ralf Philipp Hofmann
Managing Partner & Member of the Global Executive Committee | Drake Star Partners
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Managing Partner | Drake Star Partners
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