The Raine Group is a global merchant bank focused exclusively on technology, media and telecommunications. 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 75+ 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.
- Focused. Exclusive focus on technology, media and telecommunications.
- Connected. Deep relationships with key decision makers.
- Integrated. Combined investing and advising model enhances both platforms.
- Global. Worldwide reach in key growth regions.
The Raine Group provides a wide range of investment banking advisory services to its technology, media and telecommunications (“TMT”) clients. Our team has extensive experience that it brings to a variety of clients ranging from multi-billion dollar global TMT 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.
Raine manages two growth-focused private equity funds as well as two venture funds and a TMT-oriented hedge fund, with current assets under management of over $1.5 billion. Our growth and venture funds invest exclusively in fast-growing TMT enterprises. While the average investment size for our growth funds is expected to be in the $40-80 million range, we have the ability to deploy capital from the fund in amounts ranging as small as $20 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 funds are uniquely positioned to invest into these trends. Our funds' limited partners include some of the leading families and companies associated with the TMT industry globally, as well as key institutional and sovereign partners from the United States and 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 Wanderlust Openmail Olo
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.
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, Margaritaville, and Important Studios, four of Raine's portfolio companies.
Joe graduated from Amherst College, magna cum laude, and has a J.D. from the Yale Law School.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Brett is a Partner 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 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.
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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.
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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.
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Peter is a Vice President at Raine and joined the firm in 2012. Peter is responsible for evaluating principal investing and advisory opportunities across the digital media, entertainment and technology sectors.
While at Raine, Peter has worked on a variety of mergers & acquisitions, capital raising transactions, and strategic assignments for clients in the media, entertainment and digital media industries, including KKR's investment in Next Issue Media and the sale of the Engine Group to Lake Capital. On the principal side of the business, Peter helped lead Raine's investment in Wanderlust, a global lifestyle brand focused on yoga, wellness and mindfulness and is a member of the board of directors.
Prior to Raine, Peter worked in private equity and investment banking roles at Morgan Stanley, Lasalle Investment Management and UBS Investment Bank.
Peter has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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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, 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.
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Colin Neville is a Vice President at Raine and joined the firm at its inception in 2009. Colin works on assignments across Raine's verticals in addition to helping lead Raine's sports advisory and principal investing platforms. While at Raine, Colin has worked on a variety of advisory assignments including City Football Group’s sale of a minority interest to China Media Capital, Steve Ballmer's purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers, Flash Entertainment's purchase of a minority stake in the UFC, David Beckham and Simon Fuller's efforts to bring an MLS franchise to Miami, several English Premier League transactions, UFC's media rights deal with Fox, Current TV's sale to Al Jazeera, M&A opportunities across the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, and a variety of corporate assignments with professional sports leagues, media conglomerates and emerging growth companies. On the principal side of the business, Colin helped lead Raine's investments in Olo, DraftKings, Zumba Fitness and Jagex. Colin is on the board of directors of Olo and an observer on the board of directors of DraftKings, Zumba Fitness and Jagex.
In 2016 Sports Business Journal named Colin a recipient of its Forty Under 40 Award. In 2015 the M&A Advisor recognized Colin as a 40 Under 40 Emerging Leader in the Dealmaker Category.
Prior to joining Raine, Colin worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch with a focus on TMT.
Colin has a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and is a former Division 1 athlete.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Director of Human Resources
Grace Kay is the Director of Human Resources at Raine, overseeing the Firm’s human resource functions and recruiting. Previously, Grace worked within the Firm’s compliance department as a Legal and Compliance Associate. Grace has been with the Firm since 2009.
Grace graduated with a B.A. in English from Villanova University in 2009.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Garrett is an Associate at Raine.
Since joining Raine, Garrett has worked on principal and advisory assignments with companies across the media and entertainment sectors including M&A opportunities for SoftBank, the UFC, the MLS, and Raine's investment and portfolio work in/with DraftKings.
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.
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Dani is an Associate at Raine.
Prior to Raine, Dani worked in Time Warner Cable's Corporate Strategy Group, advising in residential video, media sales and new business. Dani started her career as a strategy consultant at Accenture, focused on clients across the media and telecommunications industries.
Dani graduated with a B.A. in Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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Dara is an Associate at Raine.
Prior to Raine, Dara was an investor at Accretive. Dara started her career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Dara has a B.A from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.
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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.
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Nan is an Associate at Raine.
Prior to Joining Raine, Nan worked at Moelis & Company, focusing on M&A and Restructuring advisory assignments across a variety of industry verticals.
Nan graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies from Amherst College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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Rob is an Associate at Raine.
Prior to joining Raine, Rob was in the Sports and Entertainment group at JPMorgan Chase, where he analyzed and negotiated sponsorship deals with Madison Square Garden, the US Open, iHeartMedia and others. Before JPMorgan, he built and later sold an online health and wellness focused startup. He began his professional career in the Healthcare Investment Banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Rob graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Economics and earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.
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Edward is an Associate at Raine.
Prior to joining Raine, Edward worked at the IFC Asset Management Company, part of the World Bank Group, an emerging market focused private equity fund with over $8 billion under management. At IFC, Edward worked on multiple cross-border transactions including the launch of Vodafone Uganda, a partnership with Afrimax, a pan-African 4G LTE high speed broadband operator.
Before IFC, Edward worked in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications investment banking group at UBS in London where he worked on several key transactions in the sector including the partial sale of Formula One Group, the sale of Vue Cinemas, Vodafone and Telefonica's network merger in the UK, and BC Partners' acquisition of Com Hem, Sweden's largest cable network.
Edward has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from University College London.
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Sarra is an Associate at Raine.
Prior to joining Raine, Sarra worked at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), where she focused on private equity and venture capital investments. Before ADIA, Sarra worked in the Consumer Retail investment banking group at Nomura in London, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions.
Sarra has an MSc from HEC Paris and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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Investor Relations Associate
Carrie Eagle is an Investor Relations Associate at Raine. Carrie has worked with the Investor Relations and Fundraising team across all of the Firm’s funds since she joined Raine in 2011.
Carrie graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Business Law from Loyola Marymount University.
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Marc is an Analyst at Raine.
Marc graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 2016 with an A.B. in Computer Science and a secondary field in Economics.
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Logan is an Analyst at Raine.
Prior to joining Raine, Logan worked at Morgan Stanley, focusing on M&A and strategic advisory assignments for companies in the media & entertainment industry.
Logan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Finance from the Mendoza College of Business, and a supplementary major in Film Studies from the College of Arts and Letters.
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Rebecca is an Analyst at Raine.
Rebecca graduated with a B.A. in History and distinction in her major from Yale College in 2016.
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Rob is an Analyst at Raine.
Rob graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Economics and Music in 2014.
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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.
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Connor is an Analyst at Raine.
Connor graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business in 2016.
Daniel is an Analyst at Raine.
Daniel graduated with High Distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 2015. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration with emphases in Accounting and Finance.
Danielle is an Analyst at Raine.
Danielle graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 2016. She received a B.A. in Financial Economics and a B.A. in Film Studies.
Michael is an Analyst at Raine.
Michael graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance. Prior to joining Raine, Michael worked at C3 Presents, a portfolio company of a Raine-sponsored fund.
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Samir is an analyst at Raine.
Samir graduated from Yale College in 2015 with a B.A. in Economics.
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Taylor is an Analyst at Raine.
Taylor graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business in 2015.
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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.
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Warat is an Analyst at Raine.
Warat graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Public Policy.
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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.
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- Los Angeles
Erik is a Vice President at Raine. At Raine, Erik leads the Los Angeles office and focuses on investments and advisory assignments in the entertainment, digital media and content space. He has worked on a number of Raine's investments including Vice Media and Imagine Entertainment. Erik's notable advisory transactions include the sale of Dick Clark Productions to Guggenheim Partners, capital raises for Whipclip and Jaunt, Fandango's acquisition of Ingresso and News Corp's investment in The Moby Group. He has advised on a number of cross border transactions in the entertainment space including STX Entertainment's capital raise from Hony Capital and TPG, Softbank's investment into Legendary Entertainment, Flagship - a joint venture between Warner Bros. and China Media Capital and Universal Picture's film financing agreement with Perfect World Pictures. Erik is involved in Raine Venture Partners' portfolio including Tastemade, VRSE and Whipclip.
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 a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
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Brooks is an Associate at Raine.
Prior to joining Raine, Brooks spent two years working in the Western Region Investment Banking group at Morgan Stanley, where he worked on a variety of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and other strategic advisory roles for companies in the industrial, consumer retail, technology, and media & entertainment sectors.
Prior to Morgan Stanley, Brooks spent five years in the media & entertainment industry working in the Motion Picture and Television departments at WME.
Brooks received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and an M.B.A from The Marshall School of Business at The University of Southern California.
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John is a Partner at Raine and is responsible for Raine's interactive and digital media practice. Prior to Raine, John was Global Head of Digital Media at UBS Investment Bank where he had worked for over 8 years in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group in San Francisco. 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.
While at Raine John has worked on SoftBank and GungHo's acquisition of a majority stake in Supercell, SoftBank's investment in Legendary Entertainment, the sale of Double Down to IGT and the Sale of Buffalo Studios to Caesars Interactive, among other transactions. John has also worked on advisory and capital raising assignments for leading entertainment and digital companies including Activision Blizzard, King Digital Entertainment, Giant Interactive, Square Enix, Bash Gaming, among others. John is on the board of directors of DraftKings, Zumba Fitness and Jagex, Raine portfolio companies.
John has a B.A. from Stanford University.
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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.
Blair Ford is an investment professional advising Raine Ventures. Prior to Raine Ventures, Blair was a portfolio manager at Golden Gate Capital where he was co-head of a $2.0 billion credit opportunities fund investing primarily in the technology, industrial and retail sectors. Prior to Golden Gate, Blair was a private equity investor with Texas Pacific Group and Bain Capital. At each firm, Blair was responsible for sourcing and executing investment across a range of industries.
Blair has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford University. He lives in Atherton, California with his wife, Nancy, and their three children.
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Todd is a Managing Director 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.
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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.
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Managing Partner, Raine Liquid
Kevin Linker is the Managing Partner of Raine Liquid. 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.
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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.
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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.
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Tarun (Ty) Bhatnagar
Analyst, Raine Liquid
Ty is an Analyst at Raine Liquid. Previously, Ty worked within Raine’s principal investment and advisory practice across the media, entertainment and sports sectors.
Ty graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business.
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Zahra is Vice President at Raine. Prior to joining Raine in 2014, Zahra was at CODE Advisors, a digital media and technology boutique investment bank. At CODE, Zahra worked on capital raising and sell-side advisory for late-stage digital media and internet firms. Focused on European coverage and execution, Zahra worked on transactions such as Spotify's fundraisings, Supercell's secondary financing and subsequent sale to SoftBank and Shutl's sale to eBay. Prior to CODE, Zahra was at UBS in European Mergers & Acquisitions and part of the dedicated sell-side advisory team. During her time in the M&A team, Zahra worked on a variety of technology transactions including the sale of GlobalCollect to Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe and DataCash to Mastercard. Prior to joining the M&A Department, Zahra spent two years in UBS's Global Healthcare Team based in New York and an additional three years based in London. While at UBS, Zahra worked on over 25 transactions including a number of sell-side transactions and equity and debt offerings.
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Max is a Vice President 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.
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Ben is an Associate at Raine. Prior to Joining Raine, Ben worked at Moelis & Company, focusing on M&A advisory assignments across the TMT sector.
Ben has a B.A. in French and Spanish with distinction in spoken French from University College London and received a Masters in Finance from IE Business School.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Yingcun is an Associate 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.
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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.
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Yingqi Yao is an Analyst at Raine.
Yingqi graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma honors from McIntire School of Commerce at University of Virginia in 2015 with a M.S. in Commerce. She also has a B.S. in Chemistry from College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, and a B.A. in Economics from National School of Development, both at Peking University.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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