Bryan, Garnier & Co reinforces its leadership in Media with key hirings in its investment banking team

News published on September Monday 17, 2012
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London, September 17, 2012 - Bryan, Garnier & Co, the independent pan-European Investment Bank focusing on growth companies, announces the reinforcement of its media team with the appointment of Robert Pfeiffer as head of its global media team while Thomas Andrieu and Jan James Gawel join the Bank as Vice Presidents.

The three individuals join Bryan, Garnier & Co from Compass Advisers, where Robert was the Managing Director of Compass’ London operations. During the past 8 years with Compass Robert Pfeiffer and his colleagues advised a number of European and international media groups and investors on M&A transactions. Clients include A+E Networks, APressen, BBC, Central European Media Enterprises, Constantin Medien, De Persgroep, GE/NBC, Gruner+Jahr, INM plc, Mecom plc, Telegraaf Media Groep.

Prior to joining Compass, Robert Pfeiffer, aged 44, was with Ermgassen & Co., where he was responsible for cross-border European M&A. Prior to Ermgassen & Co., he worked with ABN AMRO's Corporate Finance team in London and Amsterdam and, before ABN AMRO, was a member of Citibank's Corporate Finance Team in London and Frankfurt.

Thomas Andrieu, 35, has spent the past 8 years with Compass Advisers, focusing on technology and media. Mr Andrieu joined Compass from Ermgassen & Co., where he worked on M&A transactions spanning various industries including media, food & beverage, industrial/manufacturing, and technology.

Jan James Gawel, 34, has been part of the technology and media team since 2009, having joined from Access Capital having spent the past five years at an investment company representing high net worth individuals on pan-European and Asian transactions in the telecommunications, and gaming sectors, and having worked at CIBC World Markets in the Mezzanine Finance group.

In 2012, Robert Pfeiffer, Thomas Andrieu and Jan Gawel worked on a number of international media transactions, for clients such as A+E Networks, Asia Gateway, APressen and Telegraaf Media Groep. The team notably just announced the acquisition of Metro Netherlands from Metro International on behalf of Telegraaf Media Group.

Over the last twelve months, Bryan Garnier carried out 10 internet/media transactions, implying parties such as WPP, Publicis, Microsoft/Ciao, Lagardère,, AxelSpringer/Aufeminin, LeadMedia, Concourmania, Telemarket, Ogone.

The combination of Bryan Garnier’s existing team and Robert Pfeiffer’s results in one of the largest Pan European M&A media teams, covering all types of media ranging from digital to radio, TV and newspapers.

Olivier Garnier, Managing Partner at Bryan, Garnier & Co, said: "We are delighted to welcome Robert and his team to our growing international franchise. The team has earned a reputation of fostering long standing client relationships and providing quality independent advice. Their expertise in international media brings a logical addition to our technology and growth competencies".

Robert Pfeiffer said: "Bryan Garnier stands out as a firm dedicated to serving clients, offering advice and capital to facilitate lasting growth. We are delighted to be part of this premier firm and to continue to offer our clients reliable support to fulfil their strategic aims.”

About Bryan, Garnier & Co

Bryan, Garnier & Co is an independent pan-European investment bank focused on growth companies in Technology, Media & Telecom, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Renewable Energy and Consumer sectors. With a research-driven approach, Bryan, Garnier & Co offers institutional sales and trading, asset management and corporate finance services to growth oriented investors and companies.

With 150 professionals based in London, Paris, New York, New Delhi and Geneva, Bryan, Garnier & Co offers the expertise of a fully-fledged investment bank with the personalised attention and long-term client relationships of a boutique investment bank.

Bryan, Garnier & Co Ltd is authorised and regulated by the FSA, and a member of LSE and NYSE EURONEXT.

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