London, 28 March 2022
Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investing arm of Macquarie Group, today announced that it has appointed Jens Munk as Managing Director in its Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) platform and Alina Gheorghe to Head of Software Europe. Both appointments will report to Ben Bailey, Head of TMT Europe, Macquarie Capital and Rainer Langel, Head of EMEA, Macquarie Capital.
Mr. Munk joins from Deutsche Handelsbank AG where he was Co-Chief Executive Officer. He was previously Head of Technology Investment Banking at Oppenheimer, covering various transactions and fund-raising mandates across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Based in Frankfurt, Mr. Munk will be focused on developing the team’s Technology presence in Europe with a focus on growing Macquarie Capital’s differentiated capital solutions offering.
Ms. Gheorghe joins from Arma Partners where she was Director of Fintech M&A. She was also previously part of William Blair & Company where she led the execution of multiple transactions and projects across Fintech, Software and IT Services. Based in London, Ms. Gheorghe will be leading the team’s growing European Software practice.
Ben Bailey, Head of TMT Europe, Macquarie Capital said “We are very pleased to welcome Jens and Alina, who both bring invaluable experience that will help us continue to strengthen our capabilities and deliver results for our clients across Europe and globally. Our European TMT business has strong momentum and the two new hires reflect our continued investment in and expansion of our TMT offering in the market.”
Rainer Langel, Head of EMEA, Macquarie Capital said “The last two years have seen rapid growth of the technology sector in Europe, Jens and Alina will help us to respond the corresponding need for advisory services and capital provision in the sector. They will also support the continuing expansion of Macquarie Capital’s business, which now has a footprint in all major financial centres across Europe.”
Macquarie Capital’s TMT offering has global reach and scale and is active across Europe supported by offices in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. The team focuses on sell-side advisory, capital raising and leveraged finance mandates, and can provide bespoke capital solutions from Macquarie’s balance sheet, with deep expertise in Digital, Enterprise Software and Fintech and Payments.
Recent financial advisory transactions include the sale of Finanzcheck, the German online consumer finance marketplace, to Smava; the US$450m sale of Brandwatch, the world leading digital intelligence player, to Cision; the US$50 million equity raise for StuDocu, a leading global online crowdsourced study platform; and the merger of Clearent and TSG to form Xplor that created a global platform designed to integrate software, payments, and commerce-enabling solutions for specific vertical markets.
The expansion of Macquarie Capital’s TMT team complements long-standing principal investing activities in the technology and software sector, through the provision of private credit, and private and growth equity. Recent principal investing activities include: an investment in Aryza, a leading global provider of case management and process automation software solutions for regulated industries serving the insolvency, credit, and debt recovery sectors; the provision of a unitranche debt facility to Onex Partners in connection with its acquisition of Tes Global, an international provider of software to schools and teachers; principal investments in infrastructure businesses like Onivia, an independent wholesale fibre network business in Spain.