Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) announced today a series of senior appointments that will provide additional resource to its Asian mergers and acquisitions practice and strengthen its investment banking platform in the European media and communications space.
Scott Matlock, a Managing Director, has been appointed to a newly created role as Chairman of Mergers and Acquisitions in Asia. Scott, 42, currently Global Head of Media & Communications M&A, will relocate from London to Hong Kong shortly. He has distinguished himself as one of the Firm’s most prolific M&A practitioners, focusing on the media and telecommunications sectors – experience and skills that will transfer well into the fast-growing Asia region. Scott has played a leading role advising some of Morgan Stanley's most important clients including BSkyB, Liberty Global, SES Global and a number of financial sponsors as they have transformed the EMEA cable, broadband, wireless and satellite sectors. As a senior banker in this pan-regional role, he will work with clients globally to provide Asia focused transaction ideas and world-class execution advice.
Jean Abergel and Dexter Goei, both Managing Directors, have been appointed, effective 27 March, as Co-Heads of Media & Communications for Europe, ensuring that, with Scott's move, there is seamless continuity in client coverage and transaction execution across the region. Jean, 39, and Dexter, 36, have considerable investment banking experience in the Firm's Media & Communications Group, and have advised on most of Europe's largest telecommunications, internet, broadcasting, broadband and pay TV transactions. They include: the sale of Skype to Ebay, the sale of TIM-Hellas to Weather, the formation of Liberty Global through the merger of UGC and Liberty Media International, and the acquisitions of Multikabel, Casema and Kabelcom.
Commenting on Scott's move, Matthew Ginsburg, Head of Investment Banking for Asia-Pacific, said: "Given the continuing growth in our Asian strategic advisory business, I, Yoshihiko Shigenari and Haruo Nakamura, Co-Heads of Investment Banking in Japan, are excited that Scott will be moving to the region in a senior role to support our successful M&A platforms in Asia Pacific and Japan, managed by Ed King and Kenji Fujita respectively."
Added Franck Petitgas, Global Co-Head of Investment Banking said: "Scott has an outstanding record as an M&A banker with deep experience in delivering advisory and financial solutions to corporate clients. He will be a great asset to our business as we further develop our offering in the Asian region."
Referring to the promotions of Jean and Dexter, Stuart Epstein, Global Head of the Media and Communications Group, said: "Jean and Dexter are among the most experienced media and communications bankers in Europe and have the strong relationships and complementary skills sets that will greatly benefit our clients and the Firm."
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Scott Matlock joined Morgan Stanley in 1988 in the corporate finance department. After early experience as a mergers and acquisitions generalist focusing on industrial and technology transactions, Scott joined the Media & Communications Group in 1997. He transferred to London in 2002 and after running the Media practice and the combined Media & Communications practices in Europe, was in 2006 appointed the Global Head of Media & Communications M&A. Among the transactions Scott has worked on include: BSkyB's acquisition of 18% of ITV and the development of Sky's telecommunications strategy, Warburg Pincus/Cinven's acquisitions of Essent Kablecom and Casema, the sale of Telediffusion de France, the sale of TIM Hellas to Weather and numerous transactions for Liberty Global including the formation of Liberty Global through the merger of United Global Communications and Liberty Media International. Scott has a Bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jean Abergel joined Morgan Stanley in 1995 and the Firm's Media & Communications Group a year later. Over the years, Jean has worked across all segments of the telecommunications industry in Europe, Middle East and Africa, including incumbents, wireless operators, internet service providers and alternative carriers. Notable transactions in the recent past include: the sale of Skype to Ebay, Eircom's IPO, the acquisition of Meteor and sale to Babcock & Brown, the sale of TIM-Hellas to Weather and the sale of KIPCO's controlling stake in Wataniya to Qatar Telecom. Abergel is a graduate of Ecole Centrale Paris and earned an MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dexter Goei has 15 years of investment banking experience and joined Morgan Stanley in 1999 from JP Morgan. He joined the Media & Communications Group in 2001. Over the years, Dexter has worked across all segments of the media industry in the US and EMEA region covering primarily cable, pay TV, broadcasting, internet, content and gaming companies. Notable transactions in the recent past include: the acquisition of Multikabel/Casema/Kabelcom, the sale of a stake in Numericable, the acquisition of Telenet, the sale of Cablecom, the IPO of Premiere and the sale of KBW. Dexter is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with cum laude honours.