Lincoln International has opened a new office in San Francisco to be led by Managing Director and Co-head of Lincoln’s TMT group, William Bowmer.
Mr. Bowmer is a twenty-year veteran of Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital and he has deep relationships with many technology, media, and telecom (TMT) focused venture capital and private equity funds as well as public and private TMT companies. Mr. Bowmer began his career with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom as a lawyer, first in New York and then in Hong Kong. He then joined UBS’s investment banking practice before moving to Lehman Brothers in 1997, both in Hong Kong. In 2004, Mr. Bowmer relocated to the San Francisco Bay area and has since been focused on the TMT sector. “With the globalization of TMT markets, I am thrilled to be leading the firm’s endeavor to develop its global, mid-market TMT merger and acquisition expertise in the San Francisco Bay area,” said Mr. Bowmer.
Lincoln’s TMT group is ranked as one of the top 20 global M&A advisors on TMT transactions by volume. The firm has completed more than 50 TMT transactions since 2015 and is currently engaged on more than 25 TMT M&A assignments.
Mr. Bowmer joins Lincoln’s existing US TMT group led by Scott Twibell, Managing Director in Lincoln’s New York office. As part of the opening of the San Francisco office, some TMT bankers will transfer from Lincoln’s New York office to San Francisco. “We have established a very strong TMT group both in the US and globally in a short period of time,” said Mr. Twibell. “It is exciting to have Will Bowmer join us in the US and to expand our group into the Silicon Valley area. This is a great opportunity to gain further perspectives and insights on cutting edge tech innovation.” The San Francisco office will temporarily reside in Menlo Park before moving to a permanent location in the city.
In addition to the hiring of Mr. Bowmer, Lincoln has also added two Paris-based managing directors to its TMT group with the additions of Francois Carlot and Matthieu Rosset. Mr. Carlot and Mr. Rosset previously worked together as partners at Drake Star Partners (formed in October 2016 from the merger of Redwood Capital and LD&A Jupiter) and they both have deep client relationships in TMT and add significant sector expertise to Lincoln’s global TMT group.
“While we are already active in many sectors of TMT, we are committed to being a leading mid-market sell-side advisor in this space globally. The opening of a San Francisco Bay Area office and the hiring of three additional managing directors is an important step to realizing our goal to be a market leader in TMT sell-side transactions,” said Jim Lawson, Chairman and Global Co-CEO.
Lincoln International specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services, debt advisory services, private capital raising and restructuring advice on mid-market transactions. The firm also provides fairness opinions, valuations and joint venture and partnering advisory services on a wide range of transaction sizes. Lincoln has 19 offices in the Americas, Asia and Europe and is headquartered in Chicago (www.lincolninternational.com).
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