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Chris Graves

Partner | Head of UK M&A

Chris has 20 years of TMT corporate finance experience across private equity, public and private company transactions.

He has strong expertise throughout the TMT space, including landmark transactions and thought leadership across a diverse range of sub-sectors from digital services to hardware, B2B data and services to content, entertainment and events to software and IoT, cloud communications, mobile tech and digital healthcare.

Chris holds a first-class degree in Modern History from Hertford College, Oxford University.

Highlights of recent experience

  • Sale of North Six (creative agency) to Together Group
  • Sale of Snigel (advertising technology) to CBPE
  • Sale of Coolabi (IP creation and distribution) to Talenthouse
  • Sale of Relish (e-commerce product sampling agency) to Whistl
  • Sale of Edit (data-driven marketing agency) to Salocin Group
  • Sale of Incite (market research agency) to Strat7
  • Sale of Jungle Creations (social media publishing business) to Livingbridge
  • Sale of IDHL (digital marketing agency group) to Bridgepoint Development Capital
  • Sale of Hive Health (healthcare communications agency) to Fishawack Health
  • Sale of Barcroft Media (digital media) to Future Plc
  • Sale of Namics (digital transformation) to Merkle
  • Sale of Gamer Network (digital media and events) to RELX
  • Sale of DWA (B2B data) to Merkle
  • Acquisition of MVF Global (digital lead generation) for Bridgepoint
  • Sale of Bullitt Group (rugged smartphones) to Exponent
  • Strategic review for Ebiquity plc (marketing data)
  • Acquisition of Imagesound (instore music) for ECI
  • Acquisition of Ambassador Theatre Group (theatres) for Providence
  • Sale of Gleam Futures (social media) to Dentsu
  • Acquisition of MSQ Partners (marketing services) for LDC
  • Sale of Working Partners (kids IP) to Coolabi
  • Take private of Shed Media (TV production) for Warner Bros
  • Sale of Conrad Caine (digital marketing) to WPP

Chris also has a long track record of private equity TMT transactions, recently acting for ECI, BDC, Providence and BGF, and selling to Exponent, Apax and HIG, and has particular expertise in public company transactions including the take private of Shed Media (acting for Warner Bros), a strategic review and substantial share placement for Ebiquity plc and acting on the buyside for St. Ives plc as the business repositioned towards marketing services.

Chris has been particularly active in the digital services (sales to Dentsu, WPP, IPG and Merkle) and media (sales to ITV, RELX, Dentsu and MTG and buyside roles for PE).