2016 was a robust year for the M&A market. Although it didn't quite match the heady levels of 2015, 2016 was the second strongest year globally since 2007 and it was the second best year ever in the Americas. We expect the M&A market to remain active in 2017.Gary Posternack, Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions
Investors are starved for strong growth opportunities and many of these companies are growing at 20, 30, 40% per year or even significantly higher, which we believe will lead to a very significant 2017 technology IPO calendar.Laurence Goldberg, Co-Head of Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Banking
Gary Posternack is Head of Global M&A within the Investment Bank at Barclays. Based in New York, he is also a member of the Banking Executive Committee. He joined Barclays in September 2008 as Head of Natural Resources M&A and the M&A Takeover Defense practice. Gary was named Head of M&A for the Americas in March 2009 and assumed his current role as Head of Global M&A in July 2014. Before joining Barclays, Gary held various positions at Lehman Brothers from 1995 to 2008. He has over 28 years of experience in the investment banking industry, both in New York and London, and has advised clients across a broad range of industries on more than $900 billion of transactions. Gary earned his BA at Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude.
Laurence Goldberg is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group in the Banking division at Barclays. He previously held the same position at Lehman Brothers. Laurence is also a member of the Business Development Committee and Senior Client Council. He has worked in investment banking since 1989 and has extensive experience in capital raising and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Goldberg received a BS in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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