"We educate our client base on how to source a deal, how to leverage their local market, how to leverage their team owner, how to leverage their season ticket holders, how to leverage industries unique to that particular market. If you’re a player on the Milwaukee Bucks, you have access to anything going on in Milwaukee, and there are a lot of industries that are specific to that market that are different than if you were playing for the Memphis Grizzlies."
Patricof Co is a highly specialized private investment platform designed to meet the unique business needs and opportunities of professional athletes. The company optimizes athletes’ direct private investment strategies through a combination of personalized services and a proprietary co-investment process.
Patricof's client service practice creates a proprietary deal sourcing advantage, allowing it to secure allocations in highly competitive, blue-chip growth and private equity and real estate investment opportunities.
Strategically backed by JP Morgan’s Private Equity Group (“PEG”), the company is one of the longest-standing and most successful private equity firms in the industry, and is based in New York City
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Mark Patricof is a serial entrepreneur and media executive with extensive leadership and operational experience in the finance, entertainment, technology, and sports industries. A seasoned investment banker, he has advised and invested in a wide range of leading traditional and digital media and entertainment companies and transactions. He previously served as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Technology, Media, & Telecom practice at Houlihan Lokey, a publicly traded global investment bank. Notable transactions while there include advising on the highly publicized bankruptcy auction sale of Gawker Media to Univision for $135 million, and the sale of iconic concert venue Webster Hall to AEG Presents and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment.
Mark was formerly a co-founder of Media and Entertainment Strategy Advisors (MESA Global), a boutique investment bank strategically acquired in 2015 by Houlihan Lokey. Founded in 2008, MESA served high-growth companies across the media and entertainment landscape, offering M&A advisory, private placement, and structured finance services. Core areas of focus included film, television, music, sports, live entertainment, and digital media, including key verticals such as games, interactive, advertising, and e-commerce. MESA advised on more than 80 transactions including some of the most notable deals in the sector: Colony Capital’s acquisition of Miramax, the sale of Songza to Google, the sale of IndiaGames to Disney, structured finance transactions for Relativity and IMAX, and equity finance transactions for Blue Man Group and FanDuel. Additionally, MESA advised multiple global corporations, including Discovery Channel, Time Inc., and Viacom.
In 2012 Mark launched MESA Ventures, an early stage venture fund focused on e-commerce, advertising technology, and digital content. The fund invested alongside established and top-tier early stage VC firms, combining a unique data-driven ranking system with a co-investment strategy to create an “indexing” approach to seed stage investing.
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