Michael Westhoven has joined Livingstone as a Partner in its global Media & Technology team. Westhoven has over 25 years of experience in media, tech, and communications M&A as a corporate finance advisor, venture capital investor, and as an operational executive with P&L responsibility.
He joins Livingstone from Houlihan Lokey where he was German Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications.
“I am delighted to join Livingstone’s Media & Technology team to help build on their established platform and expand it across Europe. Livingstone’s excellent reputation, global footprint, and proven track record in delivering exceptional outcomes make it a go-to brand for entrepreneurs and investors seeking to transact in the Media & Technology sector,” shared Westhoven.
Michael began his career with BCG as a consultant for the global high-tech communication and e-commerce practice, subsequently working on the investing side for IRIS Capital. Additionally, he’s held executive positions at media group VIVA Media AG, Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland, and was a Vice President at News Corporation’s FOX International Channels before joining corporate finance firm Leonardo Co., which was acquired by Houlihan Lokey in 2015.
Stephen Miles commented, “We warmly welcome Michael to Livingstone and our existing team. His reputation, significant experience as an advisor and operational executive, and successful track record make him a natural complement to the team as we broaden our capability across Europe.”
Livingstone’s Media & Technology team is one of the most established and prolific in the mid-market, with recent high-profile transactions including the sale of fintech ‘startup of the year’ BestX to State Street; the sale of Dennis Publishing (publisher of The Week magazine) to Exponent Private Equity; and the sale of North America’s leading Azure migration specialist Cardinal Solutions to Insight.