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Aryeh Bourkoff

Aryeh Bourkoff

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Aryeh
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1972 - present
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Aryeh Bourkoff is a master dealmaker and prominent investment banker with decades of experience in company research and analytics. A high profile investor who knows companies well, he has led some of the biggest mergers and acquisitions in the world. Aryeh is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LionTree, a differentiated global TMT investment and merchant banking firm. Under his leadership, LionTree has advised clients on over $500 billion of transactions by enterprise value. He is also the Founder of Kindred Media, a media and podcasting business powered by LionTree. Prior to launching LionTree, he served as Vice Chairman and Head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS, where he oversaw investment banking across all sectors throughout the Americas and held a seat on UBS’s global Investment Banking Executive Committee. During his tenure, UBS became the premiere M&A advisor in the media sector and facilitated landmark transactions including Comcast’s US$37.5 bn purchase of NBC and the US$21 billion workout of Charter Communications.

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Academic History

EARLY CAREER AND EXPERTISE

  • Aryeh has been an omnipresent force in the media and telecommunications megadeals that have shaped the global digital economy.

  • He held a number of senior positions at UBS including Joint Global Head of TMT Investment Banking; and Head of the Media and Communications Research Group.

  • Before joining UBS, he served as a high-yield research analyst at CIBC World Markets from 1997-1999.

  • At Smith Barney, Institutional Investor ranked him the number one ranked cable and satellite analyst for seven consecutive years.

 

M&A INVOLVEMENT

  • He advised MGM on its $8.45B sale to Amazon and represented Apollo Global Management on its nearly $5B acquisition of Yahoo from Verizon.

  • He advised Richard Branson in 2019 on the merger of Virgin Galactic into a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Chamath Palihapitiya.

  • He represented ViacomCBS in its pending $2.18 billion sale of Simon & Schuster, the book-publishing division, to Penguin Random House.

 

MEDIA

  • Aryeh has produced several documentary films including “The Last Jews of Libya” and “Out of Print” which were featured at Sundance. 

  • He is the host of KindredCast, a podcast by Kindred Media which was named as one of Variety’s top 14 podcasts of 2019.

  • Aryeh has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 40 Under 40, Fortune Magazine

  • Top Broadcasting and Entertainment Analyst, The Wall Street Journal's Best on The Street

 

AFFILIATIONS

  • Chairman - TMT, UJA-Federation of New York

  • Digital Executive Committee, UJA-Federation of New York

  • Member, New York Philanthropic Advisory Board of UNICEF

  • Director, American Division of Hebrew University

  • Trustee, Foundation for Fighting Blindness

  • Co-Chair, University of California San Diego Campaign Cabinet

  • Trustee, The Paley Center for Media

  • Trustee, Lincoln Center’s Business Advisory Council

  • Trustee, Lincoln Center Media & Entertainment Council