MCF is pleased to announce the expansion of its Partnership in London with the addition of Rita Lei to the team.
Rita will join Ian Henderson, the founder of MCF's London office, to lead MCF's technology practice together with Erik Pettersson and Christoph Bregulla. With the addition of Rita, MCF's technology practice is further strengthened, positioning D.A. Davidson MCF International for continued success having closed 44 transactions in technology in 2022.
With over 50 investment banking professionals, including 15 Partners and Managing Directors, the D.A. Davidson MCF International technology team has deep domain expertise across application software, fintech, infrastructure software, internet and digital media, tech-enabled services, communication and hardware. The transatlantic partnership provides clients with a complete service offering across capital raising, M&A, debt financing, sponsor coverage, and equity research.
Rita is a senior investment banker bringing over 13 years of experience in technology investment banking. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the Sainsbury Laboratory. Prior to joining MCF, Rita was Managing Director at Torch Partners, a leading M&A and private capital markets adviser to the software and technology sectors. She is highly experienced in marketplaces, classifieds, travel, education, as well as human capital management, digital experience, and e-commerce enablement software. Throughout her career, Rita has advised many renowned European technology companies including Zoovu, Lodgify, GoHenry, Bizay, nu3, DaWanda, Emagister, Clustree, Clavis Insight, Teamwork, Friendscout24, Zoopla Property Group, Secret Escapes and Everli, to name a few.
As a Partner at MCF, Rita will focus on M&A and private capital transactions in technology across the UK and Europe. Leveraging her extensive network of investors and strategics in the US, Europe, and Asia, Rita will play a crucial role in driving transactions and delivering shareholder value for her clients.
“I am delighted to welcome Rita as a Partner in our London office and look forward to her being a valuable addition to the team. Not only will her Technology banking expertise bring new skills and opportunities for us, but she will also bring fresh ideas and perspectives while being heavily involved in developing the office and firm as we look to grow in the future”, said Ian Henderson, Partner of MCF.
“Rita’s deep background, her strength of relationships, wealth of knowledge structuring deals, coupled with a relentless work ethic, make her a great fit for the MCF team and our partnership’s future business goals. We are focused on growing our combined technology investment banking effort as it is one of our core strategic initiatives across the D.A. Davidson MCF International partnership, and I’m excited to have someone on our team with Rita’s background and industry expertise which will add immediate value to our clients. Rita’s decision to join further highlights our ability to attract and retain the absolute best bankers in the industry,” said Michael Maxworthy, Co-Head Technology Investment Banking at D.A. Davidson.
Hans-Christoph Stadel, Managing Partner of MCF, added, "We are thrilled to welcome Rita as a Partner in our London office. As technology continues to drive transformative changes across industries, it has become a key area of focus for our firm in recent years. Through her deep knowledge of the European M&A market in the technology sector, Rita’s appointment will elevate our service offering in the tech industry. I am confident that Rita's insights and strategic acumen will contribute greatly to the success of our client's transactions and further strengthen our position as a trusted advisor in the market.”