Drake Star Wins “Deal of the Year" at the 4th Annual USA M&A Atlas Awards, Middle Markets

NEW YORK | May 5th, 2022 – Drake Star has won “Deal of the Year” for the sale of Pacvue, an enterprise-grade marketplace advertising, sales, and intelligence platform, to Assembly (a portfolio company of Advent International and PSG), the leading e-commerce software and data platform, at the 4th Annual USA M&A Atlas Awards, Middle Markets.

Drake Star has built a reputation of innovative deal-making underscored by many industry recognitions. This award adds to the firm’s trophy case, which now totals 42 major recognitions since 2013 – including 31 “Deal of The Year” awards.

Juan Mejia, Managing Partner at Drake Star, lead partner for the sale of Pacvue commented: “It’s an honor to be awarded the ‘Deal of the Year’ for our work advising Pacvue. Pacvue and Assembly were both clear leaders in their respective areas, so playing a part in combining the two businesses as they redefine the market was extremely gratifying.

Gregory Bedrosian, Managing Partner & CEO at Drake Star added: “We are delighted to have received this ‘Deal of the Year’ honor in recognition of this landmark transformational M&A deal in the retail media ecosystem. Here at Drake Star we have the privilege of working with great companies and great people.

The Americas M&A Atlas Awards are the “Gold Standard of Performance.” The world’s most prestigious awards exclusively honor best value-creating deals, outstanding firms, illustrious dealmakers and legendary leaders from middle-market corporate, investor and deal communities.

The winners’ virtual ceremony was held on May 4th, in conjunction with the 4th Annual USA Growth & Deals Forum.

Drake Star’s team members involved in the Pacvue transaction: Juan Mejia, Adam Aist, Elena Fayner, Doug Lachenauer


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Drake Star is an award-winning global tech investment bank that has completed over 400 transactions since 2003. Drake Star team of over 100 senior professionals across offices in New York, London, Paris, Munich, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, Geneva, Dubai*, and Singapore* 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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