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Managing Director


Joe Ayers is a Managing Director in the Technology Group in Lazard's San Francisco Office.

Selected transaction experience include:

  • IBM on the spin-off of its $19 billion revenue Managed Infrastructure Services Unit and in its acquisition of Nordcloud
  • Avago on its $37 billion merger with Broadcom and Avago in its $6.6 billion acquisition of LSI
  • Google on its announced $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit and $1.1 billion cooperation agreement with HTC
  • Intel on its $2 billion acquisition of Habana Labs
  • VMware on its announced $2.7 billion acquisition of Pivotal
  • Cisco on its sale of Data Virtualization business to TIBCO Software
  • Adidas on its acquisition of Runtastic
  • SiGe Semiconductor on its sale to Skyworks
  • Newport Media on its sale to Atmel
  • Audience on its sale to Knowles
  • Fitbit on its IPO and Follow-on offering
  • Inphi on its IPO and Follow-on; Ambarella in its IPO

Mr. Ayers has worked in technology investment banking for 11 years and prior to Lazard worked for Deutsche Bank's tech IB group, RCM Capital Management, and before that played professional baseball for the Arizona Diamondback's minor league affiliate.

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