Software Banker Ian MacLeod Leaves Goldman for Qatalyst

Ian MacLeod has joined Qatalyst Group as a partner and head of global software and services I-banking. He previously was global head of software I-banking for Goldman Sachs.


Qatalyst Group, the technology-focused merchant banking boutique, announced today that Ian W. MacLeod has joined the Firm as a Partner and Head of Global Software and Services Investment Banking. Mr. MacLeod, most recently Managing Director and Global Head of Software Investment Banking for Goldman, Sachs & Co., will be based at Qatalyst’s San Francisco headquarters and will advise technology companies and private investment firms on mergers & acquisitions, financings and strategic investments in the software and services sectors.

Frank P. Quattrone, Chief Executive Officer of Qatalyst Group said: “Ian is a world class advisor with deep knowledge of the software sector, a broad network of relationships and extensive transaction experience. He has advised on many of the software industry’s largest and most significant mergers & acquisitions over the past several years, and we are delighted to welcome him to Qatalyst.”

Mr. MacLeod, 44, has more than 18 years of investment banking and principal investing experience at Goldman Sachs, ABS Capital Partners, Alex. Brown and First Union Capital Markets. His transaction and client experience includes Adobe’s $3.6 billion acquisition of Macromedia, the $1.0 billion sale of Altiris to Symantec, BEA Systems’ acquisition of Plumtree Software and BEA’s subsequent $8.5 billion sale to Oracle, Business Objects’ $6.3 billion sale to SAP AG, Mercury Interactive’s $4.9 billion sale to HP, Microsoft’s $1.2 billion acquisition of FAST Search and Transfer, the $1.7 billion sale of Opsware to HP, Siebel Systems’ $5.9 billion sale to Oracle, Siemens’ $3.5 billion acquisition of UGS, and the $13.5 billion sale of Veritas to Symantec, among others.

Launched in March 2008, Qatalyst’s clients have included Google, which it advised on Microsoft’s $45 billion attempted hostile takeover of Yahoo!, Brocade Communications Systems, which it advised on restructuring and completing the $2.6 billion acquisition of Foundry Networks and Data Domain which it advised in its pending $1.7 billion acquisition by NetApp.

Qatalyst Group is a technology-focused merchant banking boutique headquartered in San Francisco, California. Qatalyst Partners, its investment banking business, provides high-end merger & acquisition and corporate finance advice to technology companies globally. Qatalyst Capital Partners, its investing business, makes selective principal investments, typically alongside leading venture capital and private investment firms.

Qatalyst Partners provides high quality, independent advice to the senior management teams and boards of the technology industry’s established and emerging leaders on strategic matters crucial to their growth and success. Qatalyst’s advisors combine a broad network of relationships with deep sector knowledge and seasoned M&A expertise to deliver a superior, senior level of service for clients who value experience, judgment, candor and insight. In addition to merger & acquisition advice, Qatalyst Partners employs its team’s extensive corporate finance and capital markets experience to advise companies on capital structure and capital raising alternatives, and will selectively raise private capital for clients. While it will not engage in public securities research, sales, trading or brokerage activities, Qatalyst Partners may participate as advisor or underwriter in clients’ public offerings.