MESA is proud to announce its acquisition by international investment bank Houlihan Lokey. Our team will join and expand Houlihan Lokey’s existing Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group, creating one of the largest TMT practices worldwide and enabling us to offer our clients an expanded suite of products and services. For details on the transaction, read the press release or learn more at www.HL.com.

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About

SERVICES

As a FINRA and SiPC-member firm with expertise across business models and longstanding relationships with traditional and creative financing sources as well as M&A partners, MESA offers full-service investment banking capabilities and strategic advisory services to an international roster of clients.

Our services include:
-  Private Placements: Equity & Debt
-  Mergers & Acquisitions
-  Strategic Advisory/Consulting
-  Structured Finance

SECTORS

We cover the full spectrum of traditional and digital media and its affiliated subsectors.  Our team is able to leverage our deep understanding of the complex industry landscape to provide our clients with a comprehensive operational and valuation perspective.

RELATIONSHIPS

With the breadth of our services, international reach, clear sector focus and deep experience, MESA has fostered longstanding relationships with financial investors of all stages and the full range of strategic partners.

KEY STATS

Transactions Completed: 80 / $4.6 Bn
Managing Partners & Directors: 8
Offices:
-  New York (HQ)
-  Los Angeles

Recent Transactions

NEP

Close NEP MESA acted as exclusive advisor to NEP, the leading global provider of mobile teleproduction services critical to the delivery of live sports and entertainment events.

For further information regarding this transaction, please contact Mark Patricof.

NEP, "NEP to Acquire Mediatec: Uniting Two Leading Service Providers in the Broadcast and Live Events Industries"

MADE

Close MADE MESA acted as exclusive financial advisor to MADE, an emerging fashion media company, in its sale to IMG.

For further information regarding this transaction, please contact Mark Patricof.

The New York Times, "For Fashion Week This Fall: Location, Location, Location"

WWD, "Changes at NYFW: IMG to Buy Made, Change Name"

Fashionista, "IMG to Acquire Made Fashion Week"

 

 

Spirit Music Group

Close Spirit Music Group MESA acted as exclusive financial advisor to Spirit Music Group in its securing of a $50M investment from Fortress Investment Group.

For further information regarding this transaction, please contact Brian Richards.

Billboard, "Spirit Music Group Nabs $50M in Funding"

MusicWeek, "Spirit Music Group Obtains $50M Investment"

FanDuel

Close FanDuel MESA acted as exclusive financial advisor to FanDuel in its securing of a $70M Series D preferred stock capital raise.

For further information regarding this transaction, please contact Mark Patricof.

Variety, "NBC Sports Takes Stake in Fantasy-Sports Startup FanDuel as Part of $70 Million Round"

The Wall Street Journal, "FanDuel Raises $70 Million as Daily Fantasy Sports Battle Heats Up"

The New York Times, "FanDuel, an Online Fantasy Sports Site, Raises $70 Million"

 

Songza

Close Songza MESA acted as exclusive financial advisor to Songza in its sale to Google.

For further information regarding this transaction, please contact Daniel Gossels.

Google, "Exciting News"

The New York Post, "Google Buying Streaming Music Service Songza"

The New York Times, "Google Buys Songza"

The Wall Street Journal, "Google Buys Streaming-Music Service Songza"

 

Viacom

Close Viacom MESA acted as exclusive financial advisor to Viacom in its merging of its gaming assets and investment into Defy Media.

For further information regarding this transaction, please contact Brian Richards.

Variety, "Defy Media Acquires Viacom Digital Game Assets"

re/code, "Viacom Makes a Web Video Bet, and Grabs a Piece of Defy Media"

CNBC, "DEFY Media Extends Advertising and Content Offerings with Acquisition of Viacom Digital Gaming Assets"

IMAX Corporation

Close IMAX Corporation MESA acted as exclusive financial advisor to IMAX Corporation in securing capitalization of up to $50 million for the IMAX Original Film Fund to co-finance a portfolio of 10 original large-format films.

For further information regarding this transaction, please contact Marni Wieshofer.

IMAX, "IMAX Establishes IMAX Original Film Fund"

Q1Media

Close Q1Media MESA acted as placement agent for Q1Media in its securing of financing from Silicon Valley Bank and Partners for Growth.

For further information regarding this transaction, please contact Robert Ennis.

Delivery Agent

Close Delivery Agent MESA acted as exclusive financial advisor to Delivery Agent in its securing of a $34M Series F Preferred Stock capital raise.

For further information regarding this transaction, please contact Daniel Gossels.

 
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Executive Team

Founder and Managing Partner at MESA, where Jerome has spearheaded an array of investment banking, strategy and valuation engagements for companies throughout the media space.

Compass Partners, a leading M&A advisory boutique, where he worked on structuring transactions between financial institutions and clients including EMI and McGraw-Hill.

Business Development at Canal Plus, a division of Vivendi Universal, responsible for managing acquisitions in the fields of video, music publishing and production.

Began career at Goldman Sachs International in London, where he worked on privatizations and M&A transactions.

Jerome serves as a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business; B.A. from Northwestern University.

 
Co-founder and CEO of <kpe>, a renowned provider of digital solutions for media and entertainment companies. <kpe> guided clients including CBS, Sony and Viacom on the development of their earliest digital initiatives. In partnership with Grey Advertising, the Endeavor Agency (now WME) and Wasserstein Perella, <kpe> also managed an early stage venture fund that invested in over 20 digital media companies.

Former Head of Business Affairs for The Voyager Company, a pioneering multimedia publishing company.

Began career at Creative Artists Agency.

Former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist.

Member of the Board of Directors of Rockwell Group, New York Cruise Lines, NEP Broadcasting and serves as Chairman of the Board of New Heights.

B.A. from Emory University.

 
Founder and Managing Partner at MESA, where Brian has led a broad range of investment banking, strategy and valuation engagements for media and entertainment companies.

Strategy Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on engagements for companies including Nickelodeon, Elsevier, Reed Business, National Geographic, BMG Music, Paramount Parks, Lexis-Nexis, Harry Fox and MusicNet.

Founder and CEO of The Movies Magazine, the first magazine of newsstand quality distributed in movie theaters nationwide.

M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business; J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; B.A. from Tufts University.

 
Founder and CEO of Covert & Co., an investment bank focused on M&A and financing transactions for Internet, media and tech companies. Select M&A transactions include SRS Labs/DTS, Hearst’s UGO/NewsCorp’s IGN, SocialShield/Avira, Schematic Labs/Rhapsody and Aeria Games/Gamepot (So-net).

Co-Founder of Montgomery & Co., a tech investment bank he built over ten years resulting in over 100 closed transactions. Kevin established the firm’s core M&A and private placement businesses and headed both the Technology and the Media & Internet groups. Select M&A transactions include MusicMatch/Yahoo, Grouper/Sony, Element5/Digital River and SignStorey/CBS. Notable financing transactions include Meebo, Realtime Worlds, Legalzoom and WildTangent.

Vice President at Credit Suisse, and before that Salomon Brothers (now Citigroup), focused on corporate finance and M&A for Fortune 500 companies.

Member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics of Southern California.

M.B.A. from Stanford University; B.S. in Engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

 
Managing Director at Petsky Prunier, LLC, where Bob was active in the firm’s M&A advisory and private placement practices. His M&A clients included Alloy, Inc., Tree.com, Red Aril, Oversee.net and SkyMall, and he completed financings for clients including SpotXchange and BrightTag.

Vice President of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI), where he held positions in Strategic Planning and M&A and was actively involved in over $6 billion of public and private acquisitions across a range of e-commerce verticals, focusing in particular on online travel, financial services and real estate.

Vice President of the News Corporation Limited (NYSE: NWS), where he was instrumental in the Company’s international corporate development initiatives in sectors including radio & television broadcasting, thematic cable channels, satellite DTH and out-of-home advertising.

M.P.A. in Economics from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; B.S. in Industrial Relations from Cornell University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.

 

 
Principal in the media practice and sector head for online entertainment, games, publishing and social media at Montgomery & Co., where his M&A clients included Club Penguin, DailyCandy, UGO, Grouper, iFilm, ITtoolbox and eCRUSH. Private placements included Realtime Worlds, WildTangent and Reactrix.

President and Chief Operating Officer of Hypnotic (Enigma Media, Inc.), a leading digital media, film and television company. Hypnotic’s credits include The OC, The Bourne Identity and Cry Wolf.

Investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation (DLJ), where his media clients included Charter Communications and Qwest Communications.

Investment banker at Bankers Trust / BT Securities Corporation, where he worked in the corporate capital markets and asset finance groups in New York and Hong Kong.

M.B.A. from Columbia Business School; B.A. from Brown University.

 
Managing Director in the media practice at Montgomery & Co., where he managed the company’s New York office and led the firm’s efforts in the advertising and marketing services sector. He advised on a wide range of transactions including public and private offerings of debt and equity, strategic mergers and acquisitions, and corporate partnering advisory work.

Investment banker with The Blackstone Group and with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

M.B.A./M.I.A. from Columbia Business School/Columbia School of International and Public Affairs; B.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

 
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and M&A and Chief Financial Officer at Media Rights Capital, where Marni was responsible for new entertainment ventures and strategic acquisitions as well as corporate finance, financial reporting and analysis. Clients and partners included JPMorgan and Universal Pictures.

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development at Lionsgate Entertainment, where she managed M&A and strategic financial initiatives involving Trimark Pictures, Artisan Entertainment, Redbus Films Distribution U.K., Debmar Mercury, Break.com, Roadside Attractions and Mandate Pictures as well as the sale of Lionsgate Studios and the Canadian distribution business.

Chief Financial Officer at Lionsgate Entertainment, where she was responsible for finance and accounting, treasury and tax management, and oversaw several debt financings and equity offerings.

Vice President of Finance at Alliance Communications Corporation.

Principal at Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accountants in Toronto, Canada.

M.B.A. from the University of Toronto; B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.

 
Co-founder and Principal at Covert & Co., an investment bank focused on the Internet, media and technology sectors. M&A transactions included SRS Labs/DTS, Hearst’s UGO/NewsCorp’s IGN, SocialShield/Avira, Schematic Labs/Rhapsody and Aeria Games/Gamepot (So-net).

Vice President at New Century Capital Partners and advised Yahoo’s Mobile Marketing and Advertising group. He has also held senior management and engineering positions at AT&T, IBM and Mindspeed.

He holds five patents in the field of Communications and also serves as Vice-Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the German American Business Association (GABA).

M.S.E.E. from the University of Ulm, Germany; M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Executive Team

Founder and Managing Partner at MESA, where Jerome has spearheaded an array of investment banking, strategy and valuation engagements for companies throughout the media space.

Compass Partners, a leading M&A advisory boutique, where he worked on structuring transactions between financial institutions and clients including EMI and McGraw-Hill.

Business Development at Canal Plus, a division of Vivendi Universal, responsible for managing acquisitions in the fields of video, music publishing and production.

Began career at Goldman Sachs International in London, where he worked on privatizations and M&A transactions.

Jerome serves as a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business; B.A. from Northwestern University.

 
Co-founder and CEO of <kpe>, a renowned provider of digital solutions for media and entertainment companies. <kpe> guided clients including CBS, Sony and Viacom on the development of their earliest digital initiatives. In partnership with Grey Advertising, the Endeavor Agency (now WME) and Wasserstein Perella, <kpe> also managed an early stage venture fund that invested in over 20 digital media companies.

Former Head of Business Affairs for The Voyager Company, a pioneering multimedia publishing company.

Began career at Creative Artists Agency.

Former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist.

Member of the Board of Directors of Rockwell Group, New York Cruise Lines, NEP Broadcasting and serves as Chairman of the Board of New Heights.

B.A. from Emory University.

 
Founder and Managing Partner at MESA, where Brian has led a broad range of investment banking, strategy and valuation engagements for media and entertainment companies.

Strategy Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on engagements for companies including Nickelodeon, Elsevier, Reed Business, National Geographic, BMG Music, Paramount Parks, Lexis-Nexis, Harry Fox and MusicNet.

Founder and CEO of The Movies Magazine, the first magazine of newsstand quality distributed in movie theaters nationwide.

M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business; J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; B.A. from Tufts University.

 
Founder and CEO of Covert & Co., an investment bank focused on M&A and financing transactions for Internet, media and tech companies. Select M&A transactions include SRS Labs/DTS, Hearst’s UGO/NewsCorp’s IGN, SocialShield/Avira, Schematic Labs/Rhapsody and Aeria Games/Gamepot (So-net).

Co-Founder of Montgomery & Co., a tech investment bank he built over ten years resulting in over 100 closed transactions. Kevin established the firm’s core M&A and private placement businesses and headed both the Technology and the Media & Internet groups. Select M&A transactions include MusicMatch/Yahoo, Grouper/Sony, Element5/Digital River and SignStorey/CBS. Notable financing transactions include Meebo, Realtime Worlds, Legalzoom and WildTangent.

Vice President at Credit Suisse, and before that Salomon Brothers (now Citigroup), focused on corporate finance and M&A for Fortune 500 companies.

Member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics of Southern California.

M.B.A. from Stanford University; B.S. in Engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

 
Managing Director at Petsky Prunier, LLC, where Bob was active in the firm’s M&A advisory and private placement practices. His M&A clients included Alloy, Inc., Tree.com, Red Aril, Oversee.net and SkyMall, and he completed financings for clients including SpotXchange and BrightTag.

Vice President of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI), where he held positions in Strategic Planning and M&A and was actively involved in over $6 billion of public and private acquisitions across a range of e-commerce verticals, focusing in particular on online travel, financial services and real estate.

Vice President of the News Corporation Limited (NYSE: NWS), where he was instrumental in the Company’s international corporate development initiatives in sectors including radio & television broadcasting, thematic cable channels, satellite DTH and out-of-home advertising.

M.P.A. in Economics from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; B.S. in Industrial Relations from Cornell University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.

 

 
Principal in the media practice and sector head for online entertainment, games, publishing and social media at Montgomery & Co., where his M&A clients included Club Penguin, DailyCandy, UGO, Grouper, iFilm, ITtoolbox and eCRUSH. Private placements included Realtime Worlds, WildTangent and Reactrix.

President and Chief Operating Officer of Hypnotic (Enigma Media, Inc.), a leading digital media, film and television company. Hypnotic’s credits include The OC, The Bourne Identity and Cry Wolf.

Investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation (DLJ), where his media clients included Charter Communications and Qwest Communications.

Investment banker at Bankers Trust / BT Securities Corporation, where he worked in the corporate capital markets and asset finance groups in New York and Hong Kong.

M.B.A. from Columbia Business School; B.A. from Brown University.

 
Managing Director in the media practice at Montgomery & Co., where he managed the company’s New York office and led the firm’s efforts in the advertising and marketing services sector. He advised on a wide range of transactions including public and private offerings of debt and equity, strategic mergers and acquisitions, and corporate partnering advisory work.

Investment banker with The Blackstone Group and with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

M.B.A./M.I.A. from Columbia Business School/Columbia School of International and Public Affairs; B.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

 
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and M&A and Chief Financial Officer at Media Rights Capital, where Marni was responsible for new entertainment ventures and strategic acquisitions as well as corporate finance, financial reporting and analysis. Clients and partners included JPMorgan and Universal Pictures.

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development at Lionsgate Entertainment, where she managed M&A and strategic financial initiatives involving Trimark Pictures, Artisan Entertainment, Redbus Films Distribution U.K., Debmar Mercury, Break.com, Roadside Attractions and Mandate Pictures as well as the sale of Lionsgate Studios and the Canadian distribution business.

Chief Financial Officer at Lionsgate Entertainment, where she was responsible for finance and accounting, treasury and tax management, and oversaw several debt financings and equity offerings.

Vice President of Finance at Alliance Communications Corporation.

Principal at Coopers & Lybrand Chartered Accountants in Toronto, Canada.

M.B.A. from the University of Toronto; B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.

 
Co-founder and Principal at Covert & Co., an investment bank focused on the Internet, media and technology sectors. M&A transactions included SRS Labs/DTS, Hearst’s UGO/NewsCorp’s IGN, SocialShield/Avira, Schematic Labs/Rhapsody and Aeria Games/Gamepot (So-net).

Vice President at New Century Capital Partners and advised Yahoo’s Mobile Marketing and Advertising group. He has also held senior management and engineering positions at AT&T, IBM and Mindspeed.

He holds five patents in the field of Communications and also serves as Vice-Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the German American Business Association (GABA).

M.S.E.E. from the University of Ulm, Germany; M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
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