LionTree Opens Paris Office Citing France's "Vibrant" Digital Sector

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The investment and merchant banking firm focused on media, technology and telecommunications advised Starz on its sale to Lionsgate and Charter on its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House.

LionTree, the media, technology and telecommunications focused investment and merchant banking firm that has worked on such deals as Starz's sale to Lionsgate and Charter Communications' acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House, has opened a Paris office.

Building on its operations in New York, San Francisco and London, the new office will be led by Fatine Layt, a veteran banking executive and entrepreneur who has joined the firm.

LionTree’s Paris office will work with France-based clients and clients outside the region looking to take advantage of opportunities in France and throughout the EU.

LionTree was founded in 2012 by analyst-turned-banker Aryeh Bourkoff and fellow UBS alum Ehren Stenzler. It since has worked on more than $300 billion in transactions, making it the No. 1 U.S. and No. 2 global technology, media and telecommunications boutique in 2015, as ranked by Dealogic.

Last year, LionTree advised Viacom on its capital structure, Verizon on its Yahoo purchase and Group Nine Media on its investment by Discovery, among other things.

“As technology continues to transform industries, and consumer bases grow worldwide, it has become essential to view opportunities through a global lens and deliver cross-border solutions, through one team that bridges markets and continents," said LionTree founder and CEO Bourkoff about the new Paris office. "We built LionTree to create distinct value for our clients through insight, agility, connectivity, trust and execution, and we’ve expanded our capabilities and international platform — first with the opening of our London office and now Paris — to continue to deliver on that promise."

He added: "France has emerged as a home to vibrant digital and technology companies and innovation. We look forward to supporting the country’s growing activity and to working closely with its talented entrepreneurs as they reshape the EU’s tech landscape."

Said Layt: "LionTree has become a referent bank for transformative media, technology and consumer transactions. In just a few years, the firm’s brand has come to symbolize creativity and expertise in media and technology, led by a world-class team that cares deeply about their clients and finding the best ways to help them chart new ground."

Layt joins LionTree with over 16 years of investment banking experience, serving a range of sectors and clients. She is the former chair and managing partner of French investment bank Oddo Corporate Finance and partner of Oddo & Cie. She began her career in private equity, where she spent more than a decade in various top management positions, including as CFO of media private equity fund Oros.