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Drew AckertManaging Director

Since joining Foros, Drew has advised clients across the technology industry, including advising 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; Clearlake Capital on its acquisition of Vision Solutions; Intersil on its $3.2 billion cross-border sale to Renesas; Dassault Systèmes on its $750 million acquisition of Accelrys; Nielsen on its sale of Claritas to Carlyle Group; Sabre on the disposition of its portfolio of online travel businesses (the Travelocity Partner Network Assets, Holiday Autos, Zuji and Travelocity Nordics); SailPoint on its sale to Thoma Bravo; Silicon Labs on its $170 million acquisition of Energy Micro; and Oclaro on the sale of its Zurich Gallium Arsenide Laser Diode Business.

Drew has advised technology clients on over 50 M&A transactions across the U.S. and European landscape during a nearly 20-year banking career. 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 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.

Prior to joining Foros, 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.

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 Nielsen on its sale of Claritas to 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 Dassault Systemes on its $750 million acquisition of Accelyrs
  • 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.

Education

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