NEW YORK, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Centerview Partners announced today that Alex Glantz and Todd J. Davison have joined the firm's New York office as partners to co-head the firm's media group, effective June 10, 2013. Mr. Glantz and Mr. Davison are both highly experienced bankers in media and related sectors, having been advisors to some of the most well-regarded companies including CBS, Clear Channel, Comcast, Cox, Hearst, IHS, Laureate Education, McGraw-Hill, Reed Elsevier, Thomson Reuters, Time Warner, Viacom and Warner Music Group. Mr. Davison and Mr. Glantz have also advised many of the world's most prominent private equity firms in the acquisition, sale, and financing of media investments. Mr. Davison brings over 15 years of media advisory experience at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Glantz brings over 17 years of media and media investment banking experience. Mr. Glantz and Mr. Davison were most recently Co-Heads of North American Media at Morgan Stanley and have advised on over $285 billion of transactions.
"Todd and Alex have built successful careers by giving their clients unvarnished advice and judgment, and by focusing on the long-term strategic needs of a business," said Blair Effron, co-founder of Centerview. "They are a perfect fit culturally with the client-centric principles that Centerview adheres to and promotes."
"I am excited about the prospect of working with the great team at Centerview," Mr. Davison said. "The firm has a proven track record in the technology, media and telecommunications space, and I hope to help build on its solid foundation."
"Centerview is a leading investment banking and advisory firm, with a strong technology, media and telecommunications offering. I am very excited to join a great group of partners, including colleagues Adam Chinn and senior advisor Skip Paul," said Mr. Glantz.
Centerview has been committed to the media sector since its founding in 2006 and has a well-established base of industry clients. "We are delighted to have Alex and Todd join Centerview," said co-founder Robert Pruzan. "They are among the most respected bankers in media and are great senior additions to join our current practice." The firm has been an advisor to some of the most well-known companies in the industry including NewsCorp (advisor on the $5.6 billion acquisition of Dow Jones, advisor on the £415 million acquisition of Shine Group, advisor on the pending split of the publishing and entertainment businesses); General Electric (advisor on the sale of General Electric's 49% interest in NBCU to Comcast for $18.1 billion); Dreamworks Animation in the creation of its joint venture with CMC, Shanghai Media and Sail; Legendary Pictures in various capital transactions; and THQ in the 363 sale of its assets.
About Todd J. Davison
Todd J. Davison joins as a Partner and Co-Head of Centerview's media group, based in New York. He brings extensive experience in media and related transactions. Prior to joining Centerview, Mr. Davison was a Managing Director and Co-Head of North American Media at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Davison worked with a wide range of global and domestic media companies and has been involved in over $200 billion of strategic and financing transactions. He has worked at Morgan Stanley for over 15 years. Mr. Davison holds a B.S. and B.A. from the Wharton School and the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma.
About Alex Glantz
Alex Glantz joins as a Partner and Co-Head of Centerview's media group, based in New York. He has worked with a broad range of global and domestic media, information, services and education companies on financial transactions. Mr. Glantz has over 17 years of media and media investment banking experience. Prior to joining Centerview, Mr. Glantz was a Managing Director and Co-Head of North American Media at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Glantz has been involved in over $85 billion of strategic and financing transactions. Before joining Morgan Stanley in 2000, Mr. Glantz worked at Credit Suisse First Boston and Bertelsmann. Mr. Glantz holds a B.A. from Yale, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma.
About Centerview Partners
Centerview Partners, based in New York, and with offices in London, Los Angeles and San Francisco, operates an international investment banking advisory practice specializing in independent advice and other client services capitalizing on the experience of its principals. The firm provides senior-level counsel to both domestic and international clients and its business includes general and M&A advisory as well as restructuring. Since its founding in 2006, the firm has advised clients in over $500 billion of transactions. Members of the firm have experience in a range of industries including the consumer products, financial services, food and beverage, entertainment and media, general industrial, healthcare, technology, telecommunications, restructuring and retail sectors.
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