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David J. Hess

David Hess is a member of the firm’s technology investment banking team. He has almost 25 years of experience assisting companies on a wide range of strategic matters.

Representative transaction experience includes: $146 billion merger of Sprint and T-Mobile (advisor to Special Committee); $14 billion sale of Clearwire to Sprint (advisor to Special Committee); separation of Xerox into two independent companies; $10 billion acquisition of Worldpay by Vantiv; $6.5 billion sale of Solera to Vista Equity (advisor to Special Committee); $7.5bn combination of Grubhub and Just Eat Takeaway.com; $5.3 billion sale of MICROS Systems to Oracle; $5.1 billion sale of West Corporation to Apollo; $4.1 billion sale of Perot Systems to Dell; $2.7 billion sale of Cision to Platinum Equity; $2.7 billion acquisition of TriZetto by Cognizant; $2.1 billion acquisition of Novell by Attachmate; $1.6 billion sale of L-1 Identity Solutions to Safran and BAE; $1.3bn acquisition of Saba by Cornerstone OnDemand; $1.2 billion sale of Unisys U.S. Federal business to SAIC; $1.1 billion sale of Satyam to Tech Mahindra; $1.1 billion sale of Witness Systems to Verint; sale of Openlink Financial to ION; sale of Entrust to Datacard; sale of SonicWall to Dell; and the sale of Send Word Now to ECN.

Mr. Hess has significant experience advising companies in their interactions with activist shareholders. Recent engagements include Cornerstone OnDemand (Praesidium); Cognizant (Elliott); and MICROS Systems (ValueAct).
Additional buyside M&A experience includes CA Technologies’ acquisition of Concord; Cablevision’s acquisition of the Sundance Channel; Goldman Sachs’ acquisition of Alliance Atlantis; McGraw-Hill’s acquisition of J.D. Power and Associates; Monster Worldwide’s acquisitions of Affinity Labs and ChinaHR; and Sungard’s acquisition of GL Trade.

Additional sellside experience includes the sale of Contec to Bain Capital; MediMedia to Vestar Capital Partners; Synapse Wireless to McWane; Teradyne Connection Systems to Amphenol; and WebCT to Blackboard.

Mr. Hess has also executed numerous financing transactions for a diverse group of industry leaders including AT&T, Comcast, Cornerstone OnDemand, Genpact, Priceline, RiskMetrics, SolarWinds and Stream Global Services.

Prior to joining Centerview in 2011, Mr. Hess spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as a Managing Director with responsibility for the firm’s software and IT services investment banking practice. Mr. Hess began his career at Schroder & Co.

Mr. Hess received a B.S., magna cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is President of the Board of Trustees of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School and is a Board member of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Wharton’s McNulty Leadership Program. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
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