In over 20 years of deal-making in Telecoms, Media and Technology, Panos has completed public and private transactions worth over $50bn across M&A, equity and debt. He is a former Executive Director at JPMorgan’s London-based TMT EMEA investment banking, where he spent 9 years prior to joining Akira, with main focus on financial sponsor deals.
During his career, Panos has advised clients such as Apax Partners, Apollo, Blackstone, Cinven, EQT, First Data, France Telecom, Gazprom, KKR, Liberty Global, MTS, Multimedia Polska, NTV+, OTE, Permira, Philip Morris, Providence Equity, Sistema, TDC, Telecom Italia, Telecom Argentina, Telefonica, TPG, Turk Telekom and Vodafone. Prior to his time with JPMorgan, Panos acted as a principal within the international investments team of OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications), where he executed M&A, financings, debt restructuring, greenfield projects, sat on investment committees and monitored the group’s asset portfolio in ten countries during its expansion in the CEE region. He started his career in Deloitte’s Corporate Finance group.
At Akira, Panos has completed numerous public and private midcap transactions in the UK, continental Europe and Emerging Markets, having led advisory teams across diverse TMT subsectors such as cable and fiber networks, mobile marketing, adtech, managed services, apps, digital media, content, sports, gaming technology, fintech and data/analytics. A significant proportion of his recent deals involve entrepreneur-led businesses and private equity funding – with corporate carve-outs, joint ventures and strategic partnerships being other emerging themes.
He holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.