Drake Star Wins Cross-Border Deal of the Year for Wildmoka Acquisition

NEW YORK | February 6th, 2023 – Drake Star has won “Cross-Border Deal of the Year” for the Wildmoka acquisition by Backlight, a portfolio company of PSG at the 14th Annual M&A ATLAS Awards. The firm was also a finalist for the Americas Cross-Border M&A Boutique Investment Bank award.

Wildmoka, founded in 2013 and headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, France, is known for its proprietary machine learning technology: StoryBot and Auto ReZone, and has served 75+ major global broadcasters and sports rights holders around the world.

Eric Ward, Managing Partner at Drake Star commented: It’s a real honor that the sale of Wildmoka to PSG backed Backlight has been recognized by such a prominent organization as M&A Atlas. First and foremost, credit goes to the founders of Wildmoka, Cristian Livadiotti and Thomas Menguy, for building such a disruptive business in the Sports Tech and broader Media Tech sector, as well as all the shareholders that backed the Company, including Alven Capital. This cross-border deal of the year award demonstrates once again how Drake Star’s global presence, deep sector expertise, and commitment to providing best-in-class M&A advisory services continues to be a successful formula for delivering optimal outcomes for our clients across the technology sector.”  

Drake Star is a global technology-focused investment bank that has built a reputation as an industry leader recognized for deep tech sector insights and expertise, strong client outcomes, and several prestigious awards. This award further bolsters the firm’s accolades, which now total over 45+ major recognitions since 2013, including over 30 “Deal of the Year” and 8 “Investment Bank of the Year” awards.

Gregory Bedrosian, Managing Partner & CEO at Drake Star commented: “On behalf of the entire Drake Star team and our world-class client, Wildmoka, we are honored to have received this prestigious ‘Cross-Border Deal of the Year’ award amongst a field of highly accomplished dealmakers. The recognition this honor brings reinforces our firm’s leadership in complex and pioneering cross-border Tech M&A. We truly have the privilege of working with great companies and great people.

The M&A Atlas Awards honor the best value-creating deals, outstanding firms, and leaders from the global corporate, investor, and deal communities.

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Eric Ward

Managing Partner | Drake Star

About Drake Star 

Drake Star is an award-winning global tech investment bank that has completed over 400 transactions since 2013. Drake Star team of over 100 senior professionals across offices in New York, London, Paris, Munich, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Dubai* focuses on mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance services worldwide in Consumer & Retail Technology, Digital Media, FinTech, Mobility & Sustainability, Software/SaaS, Digital Services, and Industrial Tech sectors.

Drake Star Partners is the marketing name for the global investment bank Drake Star Partners Limited and its subsidiaries and affiliates. In the USA, all securities are transacted through Drake Star Securities LLC. In the USA, Drake Star Securities LLC is regulated by FINRA and is a member of SIPC. Drake Star UK Limited (FRN 942020) is an appointed representative of Kession Capital Ltd (FRN582160) which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. © 2022 Drake Star Partners Limited.

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