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Drew AckertManaging Director

Drew is a Managing Director at Foros and advises technology companies on strategic matters and M&A transactions. Drew has extensive advisory experience in the software, enterprise and communications technology, and semiconductors sectors.  Drew and Jean work closely together on client matters and have a professional partnership that dates back to 1997.

Prior to joining Foros in 2012, Drew was Co-Head of the European Technology Investment Banking Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., based in London. At Goldman, Drew was also a senior member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and a member of the European Raid Defense Advisory team. Before moving to London, Drew worked in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking Group in Goldman’s New York office.

During his 20-year banking career, Drew has advised over a hundred clients across the U.S. and European landscape. Since joining Foros, Drew has advised clients across the technology industry, including advising F5 Networks on its $670 million acquisition of NGINX and $1 billion acquisition of Shape Security; IFS on its acquisitions of WorkWave and Astea; SurveyMonkey on its IPO; Intematix on its sale to Chongqing Brightbridge Lighting; Dassault Systèmes on its $400 million acquisition of Exa and its $750 million acquisition of Accelrys; CA Technologies on its €600 million cross-border acquisition of Automic, its divestiture of arcserve to Marlin Equity and its divestiture of ERwin to Parallax Capital Partners; Intersil on its $3.2 billion cross-border sale to Renesas; Nielsen on its sale of Claritas to The Carlyle Group; Clearlake Capital on its acquisition of Vision Solutions;  SailPoint on its sale to Thoma Bravo; Sabre on the disposition of its portfolio of online travel businesses (the Travelocity Partner Network Assets, Holiday Autos, Zuji and Travelocity Nordics); Silicon Labs on its cross-border acquisition of Energy Micro; and Oclaro on the sale of its Zurich Gallium Arsenide Laser Diode Business. Separately, in the area of business services, Drew advised ServiceMaster on its $200 million acquisition of Nomor and its acquisition of MPCL.

Drew’s transaction experience also includes advising Sagemcom on its sale to The Carlyle Group; Permira on its purchase of Genesys from Alcatel-Lucent; Ansys on its acquisition of Ansoft; Spotfire on its sale to TIBCO Software; Cybertrust on its sale to Verizon Business; Renova Media on its minority squeeze-out of Moscow Cablecom; Matrics on its sale to Symbol Technologies; and the Special Committee of Cox Communications on the $8.5 billion minority squeeze-out by Cox Enterprises. In the semiconductor space, Drew advised STMicroelectronics on the formation of the $2.3 billion Numonyx joint venture between STMicro, Intel and Francisco Partners. He also worked on the IPO and related financings of NXP.

Drew earned a B.A. (cum laude) from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Prior to business school, Drew was an Analyst in the M&A and Private Equity Groups at J.P. Morgan in New York.

  • Drew advises clients in the Technology industry

Select Deal Experience

  • Advised F5 on its $1 billion acquisition of Shape Security
  • Advised ServiceMaster on its acquisition of MPCL
  • Advised ServiceMaster on its $200 million acquisition of Nomor Holding AB
  • Advised F5 on its $670 million acquisition of NGINX
  • Advised Dassault Systèmes on its $400mm acquisition of Exa and its $750 mm acquisition of Accelrys
  • Advised IFS on its acquisition of WorkWave
  • Advised Nielsen on its sale of Claritas to The Carlyle Group
  • Advised CA on its €600 million cross-border acquisition of Automic
  • Advised Intersil on its $3.2 billion cross-border sale to Renesas
  • Advised SailPoint on its sale to Thoma Bravo

Prior Experience

  • Co-Head, European Technology Investment Banking Group, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Member of the European Raid Defense Advisory team
  • European M&A Group and New York Technology, Media & Telecom Group, Goldman, Sachs & Co.


  • B.A. (cum laude), Dartmouth College
  • M.B.A., Harvard Business School