Jon Thackeray Promoted to Managing Director

Jon Thackeray Promoted to Managing Director

New York, NY, February 6, 2024 – JEGI CLARITY, a preeminent M&A advisory firm for the global media, marketing, information and technology industries, headquartered in New York, NY and London, UK, is pleased to announce that Jon Thackeray has been promoted to Managing Director.  Jon joined the firm four years ago and is based in the New York office. He advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and capital raises across the media, entertainment, legal, GRC, marketing and technology-enabled services sectors and is instrumental in the firm’s coverage of financial sponsors. Jon has advised on a wide range of transactions across M&A, debt and equity capital markets and strategic advisory assignments, with a total deal value in excess of $20bn.

Prior to joining JEGI CLARITY, Jon was a Director with Citi’s Global Media and Communications investment banking team, where he worked for eight years. He began his career in public accounting at Deloitte, working for a variety of public and private clients.

Commenting on his promotion, Jon said, “I am very excited to continue working alongside our incredibly dedicated and talented senior leadership team. I am grateful to all of the wonderful JEGI CLARITY clients whom I have had the privilege of advising, and I look forward to continuing to build on that success, driving successful outcomes for all stakeholders through our sound advice and subject matter expertise within our core sectors.”

Wilma Jordan, Founder & CEO, North America of JEGI CLARITY, noted, “Jon is deep in his sectors and is tailor-made for this next step in his career…he knows the Financial Sponsor field well, and we believe will be very successful in making inroads across the board.”

Jon holds an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, and both an MS in Accounting and a BS in Accounting and Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He is a registered FINRA representative and a Certified Public Accountant.

Transaction Update | 2023

Transaction Update

Despite global dealmaking having seen a significant drop in 2023 amidst challenging market conditions, we continued to strengthen our position as the definitive independent M&A advisor in our sectors, with over 20 completed transactions in the last 12 months.

In the same period we saw an increase in the proportion of deals done with Corporate (20%) vs Private Equity (40%) and in particular PE-Backed Corporate (40%) saw a marked increase. This was largely driven by the challenging environment for PE investing last year with macro pressures as well as cost of debt all contributing.

Please contact us if you want to hear about any of these deals in greater detail.

JEGI CLARITY welcomes Richard Vaughan into the Partnership, EMEA

Welcoming Richard Vaughan into the Partnership, EMEA

London, UK, January 1, 2024 – We are delighted to announce that we are welcoming Richard Vaughan into the EMEA Partnership.  

During his 10 year tenure, Richard has been a central driving force in growing the business into the pre-eminent practice it is today serving Founders, Private Equity Investors and Corporate Institutions across the global Media, Marketing, Information and Technology industries. 

Richard has over 20 years of experience spanning both advisory roles and operational positions in our sectors having previously worked at ABN Amro, Citigroup, corporate finance firm Kinmont as well as Chorion and children’s IP owner Silvergate.  

Commenting on his new role, Richard said, “I am extremely excited to have been appointed as a Partner in the London office and to be part of the senior management team propelling JEGI CLARITY to the next level. Over the last decade we have earned a reputation as one of the key M&A advisors in our sectors, providing invaluable advice to investors and businesses seeking investment opportunities. Working with my colleagues, we will continue to nurture our industry relationships and offer our clients sound investment advice and transactional expertise within their sectors.  

I look forward to further growing these relationships with founders, private equity, and corporate clients and to supporting them with their transactions in the forthcoming years.” 

Transaction Update | October 2023

Transaction Update
October 2023

In a year of suppressed deal activity driven by a range of factors, we have maintained a high level of activity having completed 16 deals to date.

We have remained active across the Global Technology and Consulting Services sector and continue to see strong market appetite for leading businesses providing digital transformation, cloud and data capabilities.

Our busiest sub-sector so far this year has been Legal Technology and Services, having advised on four transactions ranging from Enterprise Software to Consulting/Services business models.

While we anticipate the rest of the year will pose challenges for deal-making, we are starting to see the green shoots of positive activity as we enter into 2024 budgeting season.

Please contact us if you want to hear about any of these deals in greater detail.

Bob Lockwood Joins JEGI CLARITY as Managing Director

Bob Lockwood Joins JEGI CLARITY as Managing Director

New York, NY, June 1, 2023 – JEGI CLARITY, a pre-eminent M&A advisory firm for the global media, marketing, information and technology industries, headquartered in New York, NY and London, UK, is pleased to announce that Bob Lockwood has joined the firm as Managing Director. Bob has over 25 years of investment banking experience at both large and boutique firms, focusing on the internet, digital media and application software sectors.

Prior to JEGI CLARITY, Bob was a Managing Director at Lincoln International in their TMT Group. He advised leading growth companies across multiple internet sectors, including advertising and marketing technology and services, e-commerce, travel & hospitality technology, digital content, and media and entertainment technology. Bob advised private equity and venture capital firms, and leading private and public companies on mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity and debt capital raises. Prior to joining Lincoln, Bob was a senior TMT banker at leading investment banking firms including Raymond James, Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Bob received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Commenting on his new role at JEGI CLARITY, Bob said, “I am incredibly excited to join the global team at JEGI CLARITY. The firm’s deep industry relationships, incredible transaction experience and long tenure in the digital media and internet sector are truly unique in today’s investment banking world. Joining the firm enables me to elevate my presence in the digital media, marketing and e-commerce sectors. And recent changes in sector and deal market conditions require these expertise and relationships which the JEGI CLARITY team successfully brings to bear for its clients.”

Wilma Jordan, Founder & CEO, North America of JEGI CLARITY, noted, “We are very pleased to announce that Bob Lockwood has joined JEGI CLARITY as Managing Director. Bob has a very successful history as a merger and acquisitions advisor and is known for driving outstanding outcomes on behalf of his clients. At JEGI CLARITY, Bob will serve clients in the technology and internet sector with a specific focus on digital transformation of companies in and around these sectors. We welcome Bob to our firm!”

JEGI CLARITY EMEA Headquarters Returns to Covent Garden

JEGI CLARITY EMEA Headquarters Returns to Covent Garden, London

London, March 27, 2023 – Driven by our continued growth in the EMEA region we are excited to unveil our brand new offices in the heart of London’s iconic Covent Garden.

The investment in this larger, more modern and flexible home reflects our confidence in, and the long-term future growth we see for the global media, marketing, information and technology industries and associated M&A markets.

Our new London address from 27 March 2023 is 10 Slingsby Place, St Martin’s Courtyard, The Yards, London WC2E 9AB.

Partner, Jonathan Davis comments, “We believe that collaboration, commitment and passion are enhanced by an environment that increases the connection between our teams and our clients.  Our new EMEA headquarters in Covent Garden offers us a platform to promote these values and support the wellbeing of our staff.”