The Raine Group is a global merchant bank focused exclusively on the digital, media & entertainment and sports & lifestyle sectors. The firm was founded by industry veterans Joe Ravitch and Jeff Sine, in partnership with WME Entertainment, the leading talent agency, in 2009. The team includes 60+ professionals across five offices with deep sector-specific relationships and experience, making Raine a trusted advisor and financial partner of choice in our sectors of focus.

  • Digital.
    • Gaming
    • Ecommerce
    • Mobile
    • Social media
    • Cloud delivery
    • Digital content
    • Epayments
    • Adtech
    • Online video
    • Online services
    • Data and analytics

    We believe that the internet taxonomy will continue to change and, ultimately, the vast majority of content will be delivered digitally on multiple devices by any content creator, regardless of size, to local and global audiences. China, India and other emerging markets are the current frontiers. We do business around the world in the entire digital media ecosystem, giving the firm a unique perspective.

  • Media & Entertainment.
    • Music
    • Intellectual property
    • Live events
    • Licensing
    • Interactive entertainment
    • Film
    • Gaming
    • Branded entertainment
    • Over-the-top television
    • Ticketing
    • Magazines
    • Programming

    The disruption of traditional distribution channels and advertising has created tremendous opportunity on a global basis. The new media equation has placed an emphasis on quality content and has enhanced the value of upstream content creation and ownership to exploit a multi-platform world. Live entertainment remains a valuable monetization engine and the sector has traditionally done little to monetize its online and social networking capabilities. These trends present significant opportunities for our firm.

  • Sports & Lifestyle.
    • Teams
    • Fitness and wellness
    • Leagues and associations
    • Fantasy
    • Sports media
    • Participatory
    • Information and analytics
    • Youth athletics
    • Marketing and management
    • Consumer engagement
    • IP monetization

    Sports are powerfully engaging – it is a global industry that transcends culture and language. It is the world's strongest consumer engagement platform and is one of the last bastions of must-have "live" content. The power of sports content puts it at the intersection of every trend in digital media and entertainment and our unique relationships and access in sports puts Raine in the center of a global conversation.

Services

  • Focused. Exclusive focus on digital, media & entertainment, sports & lifestyle.
  • Connected. Deep relationships with key decision makers.
  • Integrated. Combined investing and advising model enhances both platforms.
  • Global. Worldwide reach in key growth regions.

Advising

The Raine Group provides a wide range of investment banking advisory services to its digital, media & entertainment and sports & lifestyle clients. Our team has extensive experience that it brings to a variety of clients ranging from multi-billion dollar global media companies to Silicon Valley start-ups. We focus on helping our clients with their strategic options and capital needs. The firm provides sell-side, buy-side, private placement, merger, joint venture, defense, fairness opinion, special committee, intellectual property, capital structure and IPO advisory services. Raine utilizes its expertise, along with its global network and reach, to maximize outcomes for its clients. We are selective in taking on clients and view each relationship as distinctive.

Investing

Raine manages a growth-focused private equity fund, with current assets under management of $500 million, and invests exclusively in digital, media & entertainment and sports & lifestyle companies. While our average investment size is expected to be in the $40-80 million range, we have the ability to deploy capital from the fund in amounts ranging from as small as $5 million or, through our network of co-investors, as large as several hundred million dollars. In addition to financial capital, Raine brings deep industry expertise and strategic guidance to its portfolio companies through its network around the world. We believe our sectors of focus will enjoy significant top-line growth from globalization and secular technology shifts and that our fund is uniquely positioned to invest into these trends. The fund's limited partners include some of the leading families and companies associated with the media industry globally, as well as key sovereign partners from around the world.

Portfolio Companies Jagex Games Studio Vice Open Sky Zumba C3 Presents textPlus Parchment Reigning Champs Important Studios Focus Media Nitro Circus Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Draft Kings

The portfolio companies listed above include portfolio companies of Raine Partners I LP and Raine Partners II LP and do not include portfolio companies of Raine Venture Partners I LP.

People

  • New York
    • Joseph Ravitch

      Co-Founder / Partner

      Joe is a Co-Founder and Partner of Raine. Joe is active across all of Raine's businesses and works closely with large global and regional entertainment conglomerates as well as earlier-stage, high-growth media companies. He also drives Raine's relationships with the sports world as an advisor and investor. Based in New York, Joe also divides his time between Los Angeles and Asia. Prior to Raine, Joe was a senior Partner at Goldman Sachs where he spent approximately 16 years based in London, Hong Kong and New York working on transactions in the media and telecommunications industry including a number of the firm's principal investments including the YES Network, Demand Media, China Netcom and Focus Media. While at Goldman, Joe was responsible for creating and building several important businesses including the Asian TMT business, the sports practice and the entertainment finance group as well as working closely with significant media companies around the world. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Joe worked as an attorney for Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in New York, London and Moscow where he helped found the firm's Russian practice. Joe also clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval in the Southern District of New York. Joe is on the boards of directors of OpenSky, Vice Media and Margaritville, three of Raine's portfolio companies.

      Joe graduated from Amherst College, magna cum laude, and has a J.D. from the Yale Law School.

      (212) 603-5508 jravitch@raine.com

    • Jeff Sine

      Co-Founder / Partner

      Jeff is a Co-Founder and Partner of Raine. Prior to founding Raine, Jeff was Vice Chairman and Global Head of Technology, Media & Telecom Investment Banking at UBS Investment Bank. He joined UBS in April 2001 and was a board member starting in 2003. Before that time, Jeff was Global Head of Media Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley since 1991. Jeff's clients have included many of the leading global media, technology and communications companies, including Viacom, Google, Time Warner, News Corporation, Sony, Bertelsmann, Comcast, Cox Communications, Thomson, Softbank, Microsoft, AT&T, Disney and many others. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Jeff was an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and London. Jeff is a current or past board member of The Manhattan Theatre Club, The International Radio and Television Society, The Museum of Television and Radio Media Center, The USC Annenberg School of Communication / Law Center Joint Venture and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of American University in Washington, D.C. He has also produced many plays and musicals over the past two decades on Broadway and in London's West End, and is a three-time Tony Award Winner.

      Jeff has a B.A. from American University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.

      (212) 603-5511 jsine@raine.com

    • Brandon Gardner

      President & COO

      Brandon is President and Chief Operating Officer at Raine. Prior to Raine, Brandon founded and was the senior operating officer of Serengeti Asset Management LP, a multi-strategy investment advisor based in New York City with an excess of $1 billion in assets under management. During his tenure at Serengeti, he managed the launch of four different funds and numerous other investment vehicles, and was responsible for overseeing all of the day-to-day operations of the firm (including legal, compliance, trading and regulatory matters). Brandon was also an active member of the investment team, managing sector- and strategy-specific portfolios as well as the firm's private investment opportunities. Prior to joining Serengeti in 2007, Brandon was a practicing attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP from 1999 to 2007. While at Cleary Gottlieb, Brandon gained significant experience in complex mergers & acquisitions and structured securities transactions and financing arrangements, representing and advising a wide variety of investment banking and corporate clients. He dealt with myriad cross-border international securities laws and complex corporate and capital market transactions, and gained expertise in both SEC-registered and private securities offerings. Brandon is on the board of directors of Jagex, one of Raine's portfolio companies.

      Brandon has a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, a B.S. from The Wharton School and a J.D. from Columbia University where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

      (212) 603-5522 bgardner@raine.com

    • Fred Davis

      Partner

      Fred joined Raine as a Partner in 2014.  Prior to joining, Fred was one of three Founding Partners of CODE Advisors, where he worked with companies such as Spotify, Supercell, Shazam and Buddy Media.  Before founding CODE in 2010, Fred was the Senior Partner of the leading Entertainment/New Media Law Firm of Davis Shapiro & Lewit.

      At Davis Shapiro, he focused on advising Digital Media companies to realize their goals of establishing new business models for music, film and television content in the new media space.  His clients included digital media companies such as Spotify, YouTube, Hulu, iLike, Last.FM, Rhapsody and Stardoll, amongst others.

      Formerly an Executive Vice President at EMI Records, Fred has received the ACLU's Bill of Rights Award and the UJA Music Visionary of the Year Award, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the 9/11 Fund.  He received his BA from Tufts University in 1981 and his JD from Fordham Law in 1985.

      (212)603-5550 fdavis@raine.com

    • Jason Schretter

      Managing Director

      Jason is a Managing Director at Raine. Since joining the firm in May 2010, Jason has focused on both advising and investing in the global media and entertainment sector, including SoftBank's acquisition of Sprint, Alibaba's repurchase of shares from Yahoo!, News Corp's investment in Moby Group, the take private of Playboy and Raine's investment in textPlus. Prior to Raine, Jason spent 5 years at UBS Investment Bank, where he worked on several landmark transactions, including the formation of Comcast's JV with NBCU, Liberty Global's acquisition of Unitymedia, the restructuring of Charter Communications and the sale of Harcourt Education to Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep. Before UBS, Jason spent five years at General Electric, graduating from the company's Financial Management Program, followed by roles in Structured Finance and M&A.

      Jason is currently an observer on the textPlus board of directors.

      Jason has a B.A. from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from London Business School.

      (212) 603-5513 jschretter@raine.com

    • Brett Varsov

      Managing Director

      Brett is a Managing Director and Head of M&A at Raine. Prior to joining Raine, he was in the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) group at Goldman Sachs. At Goldman, Brett served as a senior member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and had responsibilities for the entertainment sector within TMT. In these roles, Brett worked on M&A, advisory, investing, and financing assignments for a number of leading and emerging media and technology companies. Prior to this, Brett worked in the Media and Telecom group at Citigroup within the Investment Banking division. Previously, Brett acted as director of business development for Digital Club Network (an early digital music venture), founded and published a regional newspaper, and worked in the marketing group of Miller Publishing. Brett has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

      (212) 603-5592 bvarsov@raine.com

    • Sherri Williams

      Managing Director

      Sherri is a Managing Director at Raine. Prior to joining Raine, she was a Principal at Montgomery & Co., a west-coast based digital media and technology investment bank and a senior member of the Private Placements team in the firm's New York office. Prior to Montgomery, Sherri was an Executive Director at JPMorgan and a senior member of the New York equity private placements team. From 2001 to 2006, Sherri was a Vice President at Rothschild in the private placement group working on a variety of debt, mezzanine and equity private placements for both domestic and European companies. Sherri also worked with the M&A group on financial sponsor coverage and with a team to develop the family's mezzanine co-investment fund. Prior to Rothschild, Sherri was an Associate and Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston in the private finance and consumer products groups. Sherri is on the board of directors for Astia NYC, a non-profit organization working with female founded digital media and technology companies.

      Sherri has a B.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and an M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

      (212) 603-5582 swilliams@raine.com

    • Jordan Zachary

      Managing Director

      Jordan is a Managing Director at Raine. Prior to joining Raine in 2009, Jordan worked in the Global Media Investment Banking groups of Lehman Brothers and UBS Investment Bank. Jordan has executed a variety of mergers & acquisitions, capital raising transactions, and strategic assignments for clients in the media, entertainment and digital media industries.

      Jordan is currently on the board of Margaritaville, a director on the board of C3 Presents and an observer on the board of directors of Vice Media and Important Studios, four of Raine's portfolio companies.

      Jordan has a B.A. from Colgate University.

      (212) 603-5534 jzachary@raine.com

    • Joseph Beyrouty

      Vice President of Finance of the Firm

      Joe is Vice President of Finance of the Firm. Joe oversees accounting, tax and financial reporting for the Firm. Prior to joining Raine, Joe was a vice president at Moelis & Company Holdings LP, a global investment bank, where he was responsible for overseeing US-based accounting operations. He has also worked at FTI Consulting, providing turnaround and restructuring advice to unsecured creditor committees; Deloitte & Touche LLP, as an auditor; and Value Line, Inc., as an equity research analyst.

      Joe received his B.B.A. with a dual major in Finance and Economics from Emory University and his M.S. in Accountancy from CUNY – Baruch College. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in New York.

      (212) 603-5533 jbeyrouty@raine.com

    • Roy Kim

      Vice President

      Roy is a Vice President with Raine. Roy joined the firm at its inception in 2009. Roy's professional background includes more than 15 years of experience in the technology, media and telecom sectors in the U.S., Europe and Asia with a focus on strategic and financial advisory work. Prior to Raine, he was a member of the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs in the firm's technology, media and telecom group based in Los Angeles. His principal investing, financial advisory and financing experience includes work in the film, entertainment, animation, video game, cinema exhibition, e-commerce, broadcast and cable, 3D and consumer electronics sectors totaling more than $35 billion in transaction value with companies such as Clear Channel Communications, The Walt Disney Company, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Providence Equity Partners and OpenSky. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Roy served as leader of the Media and Entertainment Team in the Strategy and Business Development Group of CJ Group, Korea's leading entertainment conglomerate, and as a strategy consultant in the Worldwide Commercial Business of Booz Allen Hamilton, which later became Booz & Company. Roy began his career as a telecommunications intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, including an assignment at the National Security Agency.

      Roy has a B.S. in computer science from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

      (212) 603-5528 rkim@raine.com

    • Colin Neville

      Vice President

      Colin is a Vice President at Raine. Colin has worked on advisory, capital raising and principal investing assignments across Raine's verticals of digital media, entertainment and sports, including Raine's investment in Jagex and advising UFC on its media rights deal with FOX. Prior to joining Raine in 2009, Colin worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch on a variety of transactions including Cablevision's acquisition of Newsday, Watson Wyatt's merger with Towers Perrin, buyside opportunities for the St. Louis Rams and J.M. Smucker's acquisition of Folgers. Colin is an observer on the board of directors of Jagex, a Raine portfolio company. 

      Colin has a B.A. in political science from Yale University.

      (212) 603-5539 cneville@raine.com

    • Joe Puthenveetil

      Vice President

      Joe is a Vice President at Raine. Joe joined the Firm in 2010 and has worked on principal and advisory transactions across the media, entertainment and technology sectors, with companies including C3 Presents, textPlus, Big Day Out, Machinima, Live Nation, Rock in Rio, SoftBank, Sprint, Vodafone and Demand Media. Prior to Raine, Joe worked at merchant bank Grail Partners where he advised and invested in asset management, specialty finance and financial technology companies.

      Joe has a B.S. in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

      (212) 603-5517 jputhenveetil@raine.com

    • Brent Richard

      Vice President

      Brent is a Vice President at Raine. Prior to joining Raine in 2009, Brent worked in the Global Technology, Media and Telecom group at Goldman Sachs. Brent has executed a variety of principal investments, M&A advisory, capital raising, and strategic assignments in the sports, media, and entertainment industries.

      Brent is currently a director on the board of Nitro Circus and Reigning Champs, and board observer at Zumba Fitness, three Raine portfolio companies.

      Brent is a former varsity soccer player for and graduate of Vanderbilt University, summa cum laude, with dual degrees in Engineering and Economics.

      (212) 603-5516 brichard@raine.com

    • Peter Vassilev

      General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

      Peter serves as General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at Raine. Prior to joining Raine, Peter was a practicing attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. While at Cleary Gottlieb, Peter's practice focused on corporate and financial transactions, particularly in private equity fund formation, private equity investments, international and domestic joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance transactions, and general corporate matters, representing and advising a wide variety of private equity, investment banking and international corporate clients.

      Peter has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

      (212) 603-5521 pvassilev@raine.com

    • Irene Willard

      Vice President of Finance

      Irene is the Vice President of Finance at Raine. Irene oversees accounting, tax, and financial reporting for the Firm and its investment management business. Prior to joining Raine, Irene was a manager at Vedanta Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, where she was responsible for operations and financial reporting of $1.3b in managed assets. Irene began her career as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in its Banking and Capital Markets practice, working with investment banking, broker-dealer, and investment management clients. Irene is a Certified Public Accountant in New York.

      Irene has a B. A. in English and a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Florida.

      (212) 603-5579 iwillard@raine.com

    • Peter Amaro

      Associate

      Peter is an Associate at Raine. Peter is responsible for evaluating principal investing opportunities and providing strategic advisory services across the digital media, entertainment and sports sectors.

      Prior to Raine, Peter worked for Morgan Stanley in Chicago, where he worked on key consumer & technology transactions, including P&G’s divestiture of Pringles and Gogo’s initial public offering. Before Morgan Stanley, Peter joined LaSalle Investment Management to raise a real estate private equity fund and served as an observer on the board of directors of CenterPoint Properties. Peter began his career as an analyst at UBS Investment Bank.

      Peter has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

      (212) 603-5548 pamaro@raine.com

    • Alfred (A.J.) Chianese

      Associate General Counsel

      A.J. serves as Associate General Counsel at Raine.

      Prior to joining Raine, A.J. was a practicing attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he focused on private equity fund formation, private equity investments, mergers & acquisitions and general corporate matters, representing a diverse variety of private equity and strategic clients.

      A.J. received a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Amherst College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a McKay Scholar.

      (212) 603-5554 achianese@raine.com

    • Josh Canter

      Associate

      Josh is an Associate at Raine.

      Since joining Raine, Josh has worked on principal and advisory assignments with companies across the sports, digital media and entertainment sectors.

      Prior to joining Raine, Josh was in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications investment banking group at Citigroup, where he worked on a variety of mergers and acquisitions advisory and financing assignments for public companies.

      Josh has a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

      (212) 603-5546 jcanter@raine.com

    • Christopher Donini

      Associate

      Chris is an Associate at Raine.

      Prior to joining Raine, Chris worked in the Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at Citigroup where he worked on key media and telecom M&A and financing transactions, including Sprint's sale to SoftBank, Sprint's acquisition of Clearwire and Providence's acquisition of HSE24.

      Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

      (212) 603-5552 cdonini@raine.com

    • Elizabeth Gill

      Associate

      Elizabeth is an Associate at Raine.

      Prior to Raine, Elizabeth worked at Wells Fargo, underwriting syndicated debt facilities for clients across the media, telecommunications, and business services industries. Before Wells Fargo, Elizabeth worked with the Product Valuation Group at Merrill Lynch, focusing on mortgage and asset-backed securities.

      Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Finance and Accounting from Lehigh University and earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

      (212) 603-5545 egill@raine.com

    • Matt Gralen

      Associate

      Matt is an Associate at Raine.

      Prior to Raine, Matt was an analyst in the Consumer / Retail investment banking group at Goldman Sachs.

      Matt graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Financial Economics and Corporate Strategy.

      (212) 603-5576 mgralen@raine.com

    • Michael Kosdan

      Associate

      Michael is an Associate at Raine.

      Michael graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Economics.

      (212) 603-5535 mkosdan@raine.com

    • Allen Lamb

      Associate

      Allen is an Associate at Raine. Prior to joining Raine, Allen worked in the Global Media Investment Banking Group of UBS Investment Bank where he focused on opportunities spanning the digital media, internet and sports sectors. He gained a unique set of professional experiences leading up to his time at UBS that included launching a digital media startup as a full-time entrepreneur in the fashion technology space, as well as roles in mergers & acquisitions investment banking, sell-side equity research and competitive intelligence at some of the largest financial institutions in the world.

      Allen earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, as well as a Master of Engineering degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. He was selected as a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow, serving as President of his class, while at MIT Sloan, and was selected as a Hewlett-Packard Master of Engineering Fellow while a graduate student at Cornell.

      Allen currently serves as a board member of the Toigo Alumni Endowment, as well as a member of the junior board of New York City Center and the New Producers group of Second Stage Theatre in New York City.

      (212) 603-5547 alamb@raine.com

    • Scott Lexton

      Associate

      Scott is an Associate at Raine.

      Since joining Raine, Scott has primarily focused on Raine's principal assignments across the sports and entertainment sectors including Raine's investments into Nitro Circus, Zumba, and Reigning Champs, as well as working on with advisory clients that include Double Down Interactive, Attivio, News Corp, CJ Corp, SoftBank and Sony.

      Scott graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

      (212) 603-5589 slexton@raine.com

    • Mishaan Mehta

      Associate

      Mishaan is an Associate at Raine. Prior to Raine, Mishaan was an analyst at UBS Investment Bank in the Media and Communications group.

      Mishaan has a Master in Accounting and a B.S.E in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan.

      (212) 603-5515 mmehta@raine.com

    • Keith Pizzi

      Associate

      Keith is an Associate at Raine. Since joining Raine, Keith has worked on principal and advisory assignments with companies across the media and entertainment sector including Important Studios, SoftBank, UFC, Sony, Jagex, Vice, Live Nation and IMAX.

      Keith has a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

      (212) 603-5529 kpizzi@raine.com

    • Max Schapiro

      Associate

      Max is an Associate at Raine. Prior to joining Raine in 2012, Max worked in the Industrials investment banking group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. specializing in mergers and acquisitions and a variety of financing transactions.

      Max received a B.S. in finance and management from the Wharton School and a B.A. in political science from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

      (212) 603-5536 mschapiro@raine.com

    • Sachit Ahuja

      Analyst

      Sachit is an Analyst at Raine.

      Sachit graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Management.

      (212) 603-5544 sahuja@raine.com

    • Tarun (Ty) Bhatnagar

      Analyst

      Ty is an Analyst at Raine.

      Ty graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business.

      (212) 603-5537 tbhatnagar@raine.com

    • Ishika Das

      Analyst

      Ishika is an Analyst at Raine.

      Prior to joining Raine, Ishika was an analyst in Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Restructuring group. Ishika graduated with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School and a minor in French from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.

      (212) 603-5543 idas@raine.com

    • Robert Frech

      Analyst

      Rob is an Analyst at Raine.

      Rob graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Economics and Music in 2014.

      (212) 603-5526 rfrech@raine.com

    • Merrick Friedman

      Analyst

      Merrick is an Analyst at Raine. Prior to Raine, Merrick was an Analyst at Deutsche Bank in the Natural Resources Investment Banking group.

      Merrick graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.

      (212) 603-5569 mfriedman@raine.com

    • Yoni Ginor

      Analyst

      Yoni is an Analyst at Raine.

      Yoni graduated summa cum laude with Beta Gamma Sigma honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. He received a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School and a minor in Chinese from the College of Arts and Science.

      (212) 603-5567 yginor@raine.com

    • Garrett Gomes

      Analyst

      Garrett is an Analyst at Raine.

      Garrett graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business in 2012.

      (212) 603-5573 ggomes@raine.com

    • Kenny Lee

      Analyst

      Kenny is an Analyst at Raine.

      Kenny graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 2014 with an A.B. in Economics and a language citation in Chinese.

      (212) 603-5556 klee@raine.com

    • Morgan Lemonidis

      Analyst

      Morgan is an Analyst at Raine.

      Morgan graduated in 2012 from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business.

      (212) 603-5542 mlemonidis@raine.com

    • Sylvia Scodro

      Analyst

      Sylvia is an Analyst at Raine.

      Sylvia graduated with Distinction in the Senior Requirement from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2014. She received a B.S in Economics and a minor in Sustainable Development.

      (212) 603-5531 sscodro@raine.com

    • Heather Steinman

      Analyst

      Heather is an Analyst at Raine.

      Heather graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Heather received a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Operations & Information Management, and a minor in Cinema Studies from the College of Arts and Science.

      (212) 603-5563 hsteinman@raine.com

    • Emmeline Tran

      Analyst

      Emmeline is an Analyst at Raine.

      Emmeline graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business in 2014.

      (212) 603-5527 etran@raine.com

  • Los Angeles
    • Russ Pillar

      Operating Partner

      Russ Pillar is an Operating Partner at Raine, where he draws on 25 years of experience having built a host of consumer brands to help identify and grow investment opportunities for the firm's funds. He also serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reigning Champs, Raine's strategic investment initiative in youth athletics.

      Prior to joining Raine, Russ was Co-owner and President of the Los Angeles Marathon; President of the Viacom Digital Media Group and President and Chief Executive Officer of the CBS Internet Group; and President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Richard Branson's Virgin Entertainment Group. He also co-led the leveraged buyout, turn-around, and initial public offering of online service provider Prodigy Internet as well as the turn-around, rapid growth, and sale of publicly-traded Precision Systems, a Paul Allen/Wired World company.

      Russ is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and has been a member of Young Presidents' Organization and the Council on Foreign Relations. He created and chaired the National Youth Running Initiative as a Board member of Running USA, the running industry's flagship non-profit organization, and currently is a Senior Advisor to Red Bull on their High Performance Initiative; a Mentor at Nike to emerging sports and sports technology businesses through their Nike+ Accelerator program; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Brown University Sports Foundation.

      Russ graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude from Brown University, where he played on the University's rugby team, coached the Brown women's rugby team, and was a National Finalist in the Rhodes Scholarship Competition. The Brown Alumni Monthly named him one of the 100 alumni who had the greatest impact on the 20th century.

      (310) 987-7728 rpillar@raine.com

    • Erik Hodge

      Vice President

      Erik is a Vice President Raine. At Raine, Erik has worked on a number of advisory and investment assignments in the entertainment and digital media space, including Raine's investment in Vice, the sale of Dick Clark Productions to Guggenheim Partners, Raine Ventures' investment in Tastemade and a new film studio's equity capitalization. Prior to Raine, he spent six years working in the media and entertainment industry, most recently as Vice President of Production and Development at Nick Wechsler Productions. Erik has additional Investment Banking experience at Morgan Stanley.

      Erik has a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

      (310) 987-7737 ehodge@raine.com

    • Sean Kelley

      Associate

      Sean is an Associate at Raine.

      Sean works on advisory, capital raising and principal investing assignments. Since joining Raine, Sean has worked closely with a number of Raine's leading relationships, including SoftBank, Sprint and the Robert Simonds Film Company as well as Raine's portfolio companies, Parchment and Machinima. Prior to joining Raine, Sean worked for UBS Investment Bank in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group.

      Sean graduated with a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University in 2011.

      (310) 987-7738 skelley@raine.com

  • Palo Alto
    • John Salter

      Partner

      John is a Partner at Raine. His areas of focus include interactive entertainment, digital media and lifestyle. Prior to Raine, John was Global Head of Digital Media at UBS Investment Bank where he worked for over eight years in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group. Prior to UBS John worked in the Internet and New Media group at Volpe, Brown, Whelan & Co, a boutique investment bank based in San Francisco. John has worked on advisory and capital raising assignments for a number of leading and emerging entertainment and media companies including Double Down Interactive, Jagex, Activision Blizzard, Square Enix, Beyond The Rack, myYearbook, Turbine, Legendary Pictures and Giant Interactive among others. John is on the board of directors of Jagex and Zumba Fitness and a board observer of OpenSky, Raine portfolio companies.

      John has a B.A. from Stanford University.

      (650) 388-4210 jsalter@raine.com

    • Todd Rosoff

      Vice President

      Todd is a Vice President at Raine. Prior to joining Raine, he was an Executive Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at UBS Investment Bank. As a senior member of the M&A team, Todd worked alongside the Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) sector team on the origination and execution of M&A, advisory and financing assignments for leading technology companies including IBM, Dell, Yahoo, Softbank, EMC, ARRIS and others. He also regularly participated as a member of the US Fairness Opinion & Valuation Committee. Prior to UBS, Todd worked at Technology Crossover Ventures, a leading provider of growth capital to technology companies, focused on investing within the software and services sectors. Todd began his career in the Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Robertson Stephens & Company. In addition to his for-profit experience, Todd served as a research consultant to the Fritz Institute, a non-profit institute focused on improving the supply chain capabilities of leading humanitarian organizations engaged in disaster response.

      Todd received both a B.S. in Economics and an MBA with honors from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

      (650) 388-4215 trosoff@raine.com

    • Chad Volpe

      Vice President

      Chad is a Vice President at Raine, and has been with the firm since its inception in 2009. He works on principal investing, advisory and capital raising assignments across the digital media, interactive entertainment and sports sectors, including Raine's investment in Parchment. Chad has worked on advisory and capital raising assignments for leading digital media and sports companies including Activision Blizzard, Atlanta Thrashers, GameStop, Jamie McCourt/Los Angeles Dodgers, SoftBank and NBC Universal. Prior to joining Raine, he worked in the technology group at UBS Investment Bank. Chad is an observer on the board of directors of Parchment, a Raine portfolio company.

      Chad has an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University.

      (650) 388-4213 cvolpe@raine.com

  • San Francisco
    • Gordon Rubenstein

      Managing Partner, Raine Ventures

      Gordon Rubenstein is the Managing Partner of Raine Ventures where he leads Raine's venture capital group. Prior to joining Raine in 2013, Gordon founded and managed Pacific Partners, an operationally‐focused venture capital partnership with backing from George Soros, Sam Zell, leading technology executives and entrepreneurs as well as partners from KKR, Silver Lake and Freeman Spogli. In addition, Gordon co‐founded Astro Gaming (acquired by Skullcandy (Nasdaq: SKUL)), and Rave Digital Media (acquired by AMC Entertainment). Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of Tastemade Inc. and Prism Skylabs and was involved at the board level and / or actively involved with Machinima, ZEFR, eHarmony, VivaReal, Audience Science, BigMachines (acquired by Oracle) and Convio (listed publicly on Nasdaq, then acquired by Blackbaud (Nasdaq: BLKB)).

      Gordon has an A.B. from the University of Michigan. He co-chairs the San Francisco Education Fund Leadership Counsel and lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.

      (650)-388-4214

    • Kevin Linker

      Portfolio Manager

      Kevin is a Porfolio Manager at Raine. Previously, Kevin worked at Serengeti Asset Management LP (2007-2011), as a multi-strategy investment advisor based in New York City with over $1 billion in assets under management. He joined the fund pre-launch and assisted with the build out of the fund's infrastructure, team and investment portfolio. Kevin was responsible for identifying, researching and managing all of the fund's investments in the global technology sector, as well as the gaming, lodging and leisure sectors. He evaluated investments across multiple asset classes, including equities (long / short), credit (distressed, performing, credit default swaps) and private companies. He also served on steering committees and creditors committees in several distressed situations.

      Prior to joining Serengeti, Kevin worked in the consumer group at Maverick Capital (2006), investing in the gaming, lodging and leisure sectors; worked at Viking Global Investors (2003-2005), investing in the global technology sector; worked at Pivotal Asset Management (1999-2001), a technology focused cross-over fund; and worked in the technology mergers and acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley (1994-1997).

      Kevin has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

      (212) 603-5577 klinker@raine.com

    • Courtney Favreau

      Courtney is an investment professional at Raine Ventures, an early stage fund formed in 2013 and managed by Raine. Her responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals, and working with existing portfolio companies.

      Since joining Raine in 2009, Courtney has worked closely with a number of consumer internet, e-commerce and lifestyle clients, including OpenSky in the Raine Partners I portfolio. Prior to Raine, Courtney worked for UBS Investment Bank in the Media and Communications Group.

      Courtney has a B.S. in Commerce with distinction from the University of Virginia.

      (650) 388-4212 cfavreau@raine.com

  • Shanghai
    • Deborah Mei

      Partner

      Deborah is a Partner at Raine. Deborah is the head of the firm's Shanghai office. Prior to Raine, Deborah was a Managing Director and head of Asia-Pacific Consumer, Retail, Gaming and Industrial Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley, based in Hong Kong. Deborah built this industry practice for Morgan Stanley in Asia, focusing the business on the emerging private sector in China. She has advised and raised capital for some of today's best-known Chinese brands, including Mengniu Dairy, Belle, Anta, and Boseideng, among others. Deborah was with Morgan Stanley for over 14 years, during which time she was also chief operating officer for the Investment Banking division in Asia as well as a member of the Asia-Pacific Telecom & Media team.

      Deborah has a B.A. from Cornell University, and an M.A. from The Joseph H. Lauder Institute and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business, both at the University of Pennsylvania.

      +(86) 21-80171869 dmei@raine.com

    • Philip Kwan

      Vice President

      Philip is a Vice President at Raine. He is responsible for evaluating and executing investment and advisory opportunities in the China and Greater Asia regions. Prior to joining Raine, Philip was an Associate at Southfield Capital, a Canyon Capital-seeded private equity fund focused on North American buyouts. Prior to Southfield, Philip was an Analyst in the M&A group at Evercore Partners in New York.

      Philip has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

      +(86) 21-80171860 pkwan@raine.com

    • Li Yi

      Associate

      Li is a Associate at Raine's Shanghai office. Prior to Raine, Li was a senior analyst at ChinaEquity, a Beijing- based venture capital focused on early stage Chinese companies in the Technology, Media, and Consumer Service industries. Prior to ChinaEquity, Li worked as an analyst at Lehman Brothers' Technology M&A Group in Menlo Park.

      Li has a B.S. in Business Administration from Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley.

      +(86) 21-80171868 lyi@raine.com

    • Yingcun Luo

      Analyst

      Yingcun is an Analyst at Raine. Prior to joining Raine, he was an intern analyst at SinoLatin Capital, a merchant bank focused on cross-border transactions between China and Latin America. Prior to SinoLatin, he was an intern analyst at CITIC Securities International Partners, a cross-border M&A group jointly funded by CITICS and Evercore Partners.

      Yingcun has a M.S. in Economics from School of Business and Management of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a B.S. in Physics from Yuanpei School of Peking University.

      +(86) 21-80171866 yluo@raine.com

meet the

team

  • Mukesh Ambani

    Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd, India's largest private sector company was instrumental in Reliance's backward integration journey from textiles into polyester fibres and further into petrochemicals, petroleum refining, oil & gas exploration and production. He is now steering Reliance's development of large businesses in retail and 4G Services. He is also a Member of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Advocacy Group constituted by the Secretary General of the United Nations, a Member of the Board of Bank of America and a Member of The Foundation Board of World Economic Forum.

  • Marc Andreessen

    Co-founder and General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a stage-agnostic venture capital firm that provides seed, venture and growth stage funding to technology companies. Co-creator of the Mosaic Internet browser and co-founder of Netscape. Currently serves on the Boards of eBay, Facebook and Hewlett-Packard among other companies.

  • Ray Chambers

    Former Co-founder and Chairman of Wesray Capital Corp. which acquired a number of companies including Gibson Greeting Cards, Avis Car Rental and Wilson Sporting Goods. Philanthropist and humanitarian who has directed most of his efforts towards children. Currently serves as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria.

  • Ari Emanuel

    Co-CEO of WME Entertainment. Represents such clients as writers and directors Michael Moore, Martin Scorsese, Aaron Sorkin, Larry David and Nancy Meyers; live event providers such as Ultimate Fighting Championship; and actors Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg and Sacha Baron Cohen.

  • Tom Freston

    Principal in Firefly3 LLC, a consulting and investment company. Founder and former CEO of MTV Networks. Former President and CEO of Viacom. Board Chair of The ONE Campaign and Director of Vice.

  • Theo Kyriakou

    CEO of the Antenna Group, a media and entertainment group investing in the Internet, e-commerce, free-to-air TV, pay TV, radio and music sectors.

  • Miky Lee

    Vice Chairman of CJ Group, an innovative Asian lifestyle company with leading positions in food, entertainment, home shopping and biotech businesses in Korea and throughout the region.

  • Steven Newhouse

    Member of the publishing family that controls Advance Publications, a diversified media company. Chairman of Advance.net, the holding company for Advance Publications' national and local Internet efforts.

  • Li Ruigang

    Former President of Shanghai Media Group, China's foremost media and entertainment conglomerate. Chairman & CEO of China Media Capital, China's first state-sponsored media-focused investment fund.

  • Masayoshi Son

    Founder, Chairman and CEO of Softbank Corp., a leading mobile broadband and Internet company headquartered in Japan, with corporate holdings worldwide. Chairman of Yahoo! Japan, the market leader among Internet portal and auction sites in Japan.

  • Patrick Whitesell

    Co-CEO of WME Entertainment. His clients include Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Michael Bay, Kate Beckinsale, Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, John Krasinski, Jude Law, Reggie Miller, Pearl Jam, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington.

Places

Five offices. Relationships across the world.

New York

810 Seventh Avenue, 39th Floor New York, NY, 10019

t. (212) 603 5500 f. (212) 603 5501

Los Angeles

9560 Wilshire Blvd, Penthouse Beverly Hills, CA 90212

t. (310) 987 7700 f. (310) 987 7701

Palo Alto

435 Tasso Street, Suite 305 Palo Alto, CA 94301

t. (650) 388 4200 f. (650) 388 4201

San Francisco

1 Ferry Building, Suite 255 San Francisco, CA 94111

   

Shanghai

Suite 2103-04, Tower 1 Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing West Road Jing An District Shanghai 200040 China

t. (86) 10 5738 1086 f. (86) 10 5981 7598

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