As a financial advisor with over 25 years of experience in the media and entertainment sector, Chris has worked on a variety of transactions such as Fox Kids Europe’s initial public offering, the Bowie securitization, Mediaset, News Corp. and Prince AlWaleed’s acquisition of a stake in Kirch Media, the SESAC securitization and Helkon AG’s restructuring.
Chris served as the lead advisor to Deutsche Bank in the €170 million insolvency restructuring of Senator AG. and launched in November 2007 a global kids channel (“Kids Co”) in partnership with NBC Universal. Chris has advised Stewart Till on raising capital for the formation of Stadium International, a company formed to develop an independent pan-European film distribution business, and Stadium’s first acquisition to date of Icon, Mel Gibson’s distribution platform in Australia and the UK.
Prior to founding MEA, Chris served as Head of the European Media and Entertainment Group for Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin. At Houlihan Lokey, Chris valued over $10 billion in media and entertainment assets, helped raise over $4 billion in debt, advised on several intellectual property securitizations and provided advisory services to over 70 clients worldwide.
Chris joined Houlihan Lokey in May of 1996 after spending one and a half years as an Associate Analyst for Paul Kagan Associates where he contributed to such publications as Motion Picture Investor, Video Investor, International Co-Production and Euro-Media Regulations. Prior to Paul Kagan Associates Chris worked as an account manager for Cinematix, a theme park design firm.
Chris was selected by the United Kingdom’s Department of Trade and Industry to analyze opportunities for digital radio in the United Kingdom.
Chris received an MBA and a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston.