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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 enterprise software and communications technology 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, 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 nearly 20-year banking career, Drew has advised technology clients on over 50 M&A transactions across the U.S. and European landscape. Since joining Foros, Drew has advised clients across the technology industry, including advising Dassault Systèmes on its acquisition of Exa, IFS on its acquisition of WorkWave, 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 and its $400 million acquisition of Exa Corporation; IFS on its acquisition of WorkWave; 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 cross-border acquisition of Energy Micro; and Oclaro on the sale of its Zurich Gallium Arsenide Laser Diode Business.

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 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