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Jake Donavan
President of Europe at LionTree Advisors


Jake Donavan joined LionTree in November 2016 as President of Europe. LionTree is a global technology, media and telecommunications investment and merchant banking firm. Prior to joining LionTree, Jake worked at J.P. Morgan for 26 years. His last role was Head of Industry Coverage for Investment Banking in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, Jake was responsible for overseeing the origination activities of industry-aligned investment bankers in Europe. Prior to this role Jake was Senior Country Officer and Regional Head of Investment Banking for Benelux, Nordics, CEE and Israel and prior to that Global Co-Head of TMT.
Over his career, Jake has been based in New York and Buenos Aires (M&A Latin America) as well as Madrid and London (M&A/TMT/Coverage). He has been based in Europe since 1997.
Jake has advised on many industry defining TMT transactions over his career. Some representative M&A transactions on which he has advised include the following among many others:
Havas sale to Vivendi; GIC investment in Acuris; BC Partners sale of Com Hem stake; TDC's sale of TDC Sverige AB to Tele2; Koninklijke KPN's sale of BASE €1.325bn; Altice cross- border merger and share split €62bn; Altice S.A.'s acquisition of Suddenlink $9.1bn; Altice N.V.'s acquisition of Cablevision $18bn; Numericable Group's acquisition of SFR €17bn; TDC A/S's acquisition of GET €1.7bn; KPN's sale of E-Plus to Telefónica Deutschland; KPN's defence vs. AMX; EQT's sale of KBW to Liberty Global €3.16bn; Telenor's merger with VimpelCom and Kyivstar $11.8bn; DT's merger with T-Mobile UK and Orange UK in a 50:50 JV $9bn; NTC's acquisition of TDC $14.1bn; Liberty Global's acquisition of Cablecom Holding; BT’s sale of its Eutelsat stake €517mm; DT’s acquisition of Orange NL.

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Agenda Sessions

  • Telecom sector: Still the new kid in town?

    , 17:00