UBS Ups Bourkoff

Less than two years after leaving the analyst ranks to become vice chairman of media and telecom investment banking at media banking giant UBS, Aryeh Bourkoff has been named joint global head of the lending giant's media and communications investment banking, sharing the position with Mark Lewisohn, who will be based in London.

Bourkoff and Lewisohn replace former UBS global head of technology, media and telecommunications investment banking Jeff Sine. Bourkoff had previously reported to Sine.
The rise for Bourkoff has been a mercurial one -- he left the analyst ranks after seven years as media debt and equity analyst to become vice chairman of media and telecom investment banking in 2007. During that period, Bourkoff made a flurry of deals-- most notably the sale of the Sundance Channel to Cablevision Systems for about $496 million -- and in the past three months has served as financial advisor to Charter Communications' proposed $21 billion restructuring and to Young Broadcasting on its pending $835 million restructuring. In addition, Bourkoff was financial advisor to Liberty Media in its $530 million investment in Sirius XM Radio and was the exclusive financial advisor to Macrovision Solutions in the $255 million sale of its TV Guide Network to Lionsgate Entertainment. He also is serving as sole financial advisor in the pending $250 million private equity placement for 3b Networks and is serving as joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner to Verizon Wireless on a $17 billion bridge facility to finance the acquisition of Alltel Corp.