LionTree hires Piper Jaffray’s head of technology

Michael Kim spent around eight years at Piper Jaffray, most recently as global head of technology

LionTree hired Michael Kim, a senior technology banker from Piper Jaffray, sources familiar with the hire told PE Hub.

Kim started at LionTree on Dec. 2, after spending around eight years at Piper Jaffray, the people said.

Kim most recently worked as Piper Jaffray’s global head of technology investment banking, his LinkedIn profile shows. Kim, with more than 20 years of software investment banking experience, began his career in banking 1995 at Morgan Stanley.

The banker also changed his firm affiliation on his LinkedIn profile.

Kim joined LionTree as a senior banker to drive deal origination and expand LionTree’s technology coverage, they said. Based in San Francisco, Kim now reports to the firm’s banking leadership in New York, the sources said.

In the new role, Kim will cover technology broadly, the people said. He previously focused on enterprise software and software-as-a-service companies as global head of technology at Piper Jaffray, according to his LinkedIn profile.

LionTree, founded in 2012, is focused on advising media, technology and telecommunications transactions. The bank employs 80 people across three offices, including New York, San Francisco, and London, according to the LionTree’s LinkedIn page.

LionTree declined to comment. Piper Jaffray did not return request for comment.

Action Item: See Michael Kim’s LinkedIn profile.