Our dedicated investment banking team specialises in M&A and Growth Financing, delivering a suite of services tailored to the unique needs of businesses in the Fintech, Climate, tech-enabled commerce, and communications tech sectors.

Navigate the complex landscape of mergers and acquisitions with a team that excels in strategic thinking and meticulous execution. Our experts bring a wealth of experience in orchestrating seamless transactions, ensuring that synergies are maximised, and value is unlocked.
Whether you’re a start-up seeking late-stage funding or an established player aiming for expansion, trust our team to guide you through the intricacies of the deal-making process.

Why work with our team?

 

  • Proven Track Record: Join a list of satisfied clients who have experienced successful M&A deals and secured financing for transformative growth.

 

  • Global Network: Leverage our extensive network of investors, acquirers, and strategic partners to open doors and facilitate connections that drive successful M&A and financing transactions.

 

  • Tailored Solutions: Recognising that each business is unique, we tailor our M&A and growth financing solutions to meet the specific challenges and opportunities of your organisation.

 

  • Sector-Specific Expertise: Our team specialises in the Fintech, Climate, tech-enabled commerce, and communications tech sectors, bringing deep industry knowledge to every transaction.

 

  • Strategic Insight: Benefit from our strategic insights, honed through years of experience in the ever-evolving landscape of technology-driven industries.

 

  • Customised Solutions: Recognising that each business is unique, we tailor our M&A and growth financing solutions to meet the specific challenges and opportunities of your organisation.
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Meet our team

Victor Basta

CEO

Victor has advised on more than 130 transactions across 30 years and has helped found and build three successful corporate finance firms in the process. His orientation has always been towards sell-side financings and M&A, where experience and creativity can yield real additional value to investors and founders of later stage growth companies.

Steve Bachmann

Steve Bachmann

Head of US/Co-Head Europe

Steve Bachmann has 30+ years of experience in software and other technology-driven M&A/capital-raising advisory services across 100+ transactions.  He’s also spent part of his career as a late-stage VC investor and founder CEO which enables further insights for clients.  He now splits his time 60/40 between the US and Europe, respectively.

Julien Deconinck

Julien Deconinck

Managing Director

Julien Deconinck, Managing Director at DAI Magister, has 17 years of Corporate Finance experience, advising on over EUR 40 billion in M&A transactions. He founded Clermount, a Climate Tech M&A boutique, raising nearly $700 million in growth equity across 30+ deals. Julien is Vice-Chairman of Tarkett and graduated from HEC and Makers Academy.

Risana Zitha

Risana Zitha

Managing Director

Risana Zitha has over 24 years investment banking experience. He has advised on M&A transactions totalling over $43bn and on capital raisings, including IPOs, totalling over $10bn. He has worked in various industries including technology, telecoms, energy and healthcare. He is a graduate of London Business School (Sloan Fellow) and a Dartmouth College.

Stefan Walter

Stefan Walter

Principal

Stefan Walter has 15+ years of investment banking experience in advising corporates and financial investors in the Energy and Industrials sectors globally, extensively covering Chemicals and ClimateTech industries. He has advised on transactions with an aggregate value of over $30bn and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Viral

Viral Patel

Debt Capital Markets Specialist

Viral has worked on several public and private market transactions spanning M&A, restructuring, financial due diligence and debt financing. He has a track record of delivering global financing solutions as both an investor and advisor to various types of borrowers including private & growth equity, venture capital and entrepreneurs. Transactions include acquisition finance, venture debt, fintech and climate tech.

Divij Ruparelia

COO

Divij is a proven investment professional and C-level executive with over 20 years experience. He has a strong track record of building/leading firms, M&A, capital raising and direct equity investing with deep expertise in the TMT sector and in Emerging Markets.

Rayana Choudhary

Marketing Director

Rayana is a B2B Marketing professional with over 20 years experience in working for start-ups, SMEs and large organisations within the tech space. With a passion for driving business growth, branding and demand generation, she has a strong background in marketing for tech driven companies including AI-powered technology, e-marketplaces, search engines and SaaS software.

Dorian Maillard

Vice President

Dorian is an experienced technology investment banker with over ten years of diverse expertise in technology advisory, private equity, and B2B SaaS consulting. Passionate about innovative technologies and their global impact, Dorian has worked on numerous cross-border tech deals spanning Europe, the US, and the MEA region. Fluent in French, English, and Spanish, Dorian holds a master’s degree in Corporate Finance from the University of Paris, graduating with honours.

Ali Al Suhail

Vice President

Ali Al Suhail has over 10 years of experience, having advised on advisory engagements worth $3bn across e-commerce, agri-tech, fintech, energy, and telecom sectors. Ali’s previous experience includes working for EY Dubai and Accenture. He holds an MBA from London Business School and is a CFA charterholder.

Marion Jeng

Associate

Marion has 6+ years’ experience working across M&A and Fundraisings for companies ranging from private SMBs to listed large caps. Experiences prior to DAI Magister include Moelis and SF Capital. She is an ESCP Paris graduate and is fluent in French, English, Wolof and Spanish.

Oliver Warren

Associate

Oliver has over 5 years experience in both equity fundraising and M&A across Europe, the US and emerging markets. Holding a BSc in Physics and MSc in Finance from the University of Bristol, he is passionate about revolutionary technologies with real societal impact.

Omar Makkawy

Associate

Omar brings over 7 years of buy and sell-side experience to DAI Magister. He previously worked in equity research at Kepler Cheuvreux, engaging in high-profile projects such as the spinoff and IPO of Siemens Energy, the divestment of ABB’s energy business, and Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier Transportation. A CFA Charterholder, Omar holds a first-class Accounting & Finance degree from Kingston University.

Remus Lai

Analyst

Remus has over 3 years experience working on M&A and equity fundraising for technology companies across Europe, USA, and emerging markets. A graduate of the London School of Economics with first class honours in BSc Politics and Economics, he is passionate about innovative technologies addressing today’s pressing climate challenges.

Adam Aziz

Analyst

Adam Aziz, an Analyst at DAI Magister, specialises in fundraising and M&A for global technology and climate companies. With a Masters in Finance from the London School of Economics (LSE), his focus lies in leveraging financial insights to drive meaningful impacts in the intersection of technology and climate.

Vishwas Mishra

Analyst

Vishwas is an Analyst at DAI Magister, focusing on technology and climate tech. Prior to DAI Magister, he gained experience at a search fund (Coniston Peak). He holds a BSc in Finance from Durham University.

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Board members & Senior/Country Advisors

Gavin Wilson

CEO - DAI Capital

John Maris

Board Member

Chief Financial Officer – DAI

Keith Butcher

Board Member

Managing Partner – ButcherJoseph & Co

Dr. Joe Abah

Senior Advisor - Nigeria

Country Director – DAI

Ravi Chidambaram

CEO- TC Magister

Co-founder – TC Capital

Tommy Tan

Managing Director - TC Magister

Co-founder & CEO  – TC Capital

Masaru Shibata

Managing Director - TC Magister

Managing Director – TC Capital

Benoit Taconet

Country advisor - France

Co-founder & Director – Clermount

Yuval Yashiv

Senior Advisor – Israel Climate

Ex-Medtech CEO & Advisor

CEO – Thermology Health

 

Arnaud Bret

Senior Advisor - Europe climate tech

COO – Reforest’Action

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