Finance Monthly - Deal Maker Awards 2022

Finance Monthly Deal Maker Awards 2022 Un i ted K i ngdom 49 Ralf Philipp Hofmann Managing Partner & Co-Founder Ralf Philipp Hofmann is Managing Partner & CoFounder of Drake Star, Member of the Group’s Executive Committee, and CEO of Drake Star Germany. Ralf is a seasoned investment banker whose experience spans both domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity transactions, growth equity, and debt transactions, IPOs, public secondary and PIPE transactions across Europe, the US, and Asia. Previously, Ralf co-founded LD&A Jupiter, one of Drake Star’s predecessors. Prior to the formation of Drake Star and LD&A Jupiter, Ralf was Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking at the successor of SG Cowen Germany and Co-Founder and CFO of a technology startup. Ralf began his career in Global Investment Banking at Morgan Grenfell, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank in London and Frankfurt, focusing on cross-border M&A and Equity Capital Markets transactions. Ralf holds a Diplom-Kaufmann from Eberhard-KarlsUniversität Tübingen and studied at Gothenburg University, School of Business, Economics and Law (ERASMUS scholarship) and Stony Brook University, New York. Julian Ostertag Managing Partner & Co-Founder Julian Ostertag is Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Drake Star. Julian is passionate about entrepreneurs and technology innovations. He is a seasoned investment banker whose experience spans both domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity and debt transactions, fundraisings, and IPOs across the US, Europe, and Asia. Drake Star Partners In 2016 award-winning investment banks Redwood Capital (USA) and LD&A Jupiter (Europe) announced their merger to form Drake Star and to build the investment bank of tomorrow. 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 435+ transactions completed since its inception, Drake Star has worked with an expansive range of clients and counterparties including Accel Partners, Amdocs, Axel Springer, Balderton Capital, Bertelsmann, Capgemini, CA Technologies, Carlyle Group, Cathay Capital, Cisco, Electronic Arts, Index Ventures, Informa, Kion Group, La Poste, Lexis-Nexis, Marlin Equity Partners, Manpower, Nokia, Omnicom Media Group, Onex, Oracle, Orange, ProSiebenSat.1 Media, Rakuten, Sony, Ströer, Thomson Reuters, and WPP, 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. With offices in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Switzerland, Drake Star extends its global presence to serve our clients’ strategic and financial objectives. We collaborate with an international network of entrepreneurs, rapidlyscaling upstarts, large corporations, and investors ranging from private equity and venture capital firms to private family offices and debt providers. Our global perspective and network help us deliver outstanding results across many transaction types, making us a leading international investment bank. Our culture, driven by diligence, domain expertise, and a collaborative approach to our work with clients has earned our firm dozens of awards throughout the years, including the M&A Atlas Award, and the M&A Advisor Award. We’ve received international recognition from industry associations such as the Dutch Corporate Finance Association, and publications including The M&A Advisor and Finance Monthly.

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