Joseph Valenti is a Managing Director and serves as Co-Head of Solomon Partners’ Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group, and Head of Telecommunications. He joined the firm in 2019.
Mr. Valenti is a leading telecommunications investment banker with more than 20 years of experience across various products and subsectors. He advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, public and private equity and debt capital financings and restructurings.
Prior to joining Solomon Partners, Mr. Valenti was Head of Americas Telecom at Barclays. There, he was responsible for covering many of the firm’s key wireless and wireline telecom service providers, and developed a particular expertise advising communications infrastructure and cloud service providers. Before Barclays, Mr. Valenti spent 10 years at Lehman Brothers, most recently serving as the Head of TMT within Global Finance.
Over the course of Mr. Valenti’s career, he has been actively involved with more than $300 billion of transactions and has advised on a number of notable deals. Selected recent M&A transactions include the pending acquisition of KIO Networks by I Squared Capital; the sale of Hawaiki to the BW Group; the $200,000,000+ investment in CityBridge from ZenFi Networks; the strategic growth capital investment by Mubadala into Cologix; the sale of Netrality to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in partnership with management; the acquisition of a majority stake in Teraco by Berkshire Partners; the sale of Datapipe to Rackspace; the sale of KIO Networks’ fiber assets to American Tower; the acquisition of Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless by Verizon; the sale of Cologix to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners; the sale of Telx to Digital Realty; the acquisition of Earthlink by Windstream; the sale of Telecity to Equinix; and the acquisition of AboveNet by Zayo.
Mr. Valenti is married with four children and resides in Warren, New Jersey.
Mr. Valenti holds a BS in electrical engineering, with highest honors, from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Serving as financial advisor to I Squared Capital on its pending acquisition of KIO Networks
Serving as financial advisor to Hawaiki on its sale to BW Group
Served as exclusive financial advisor to CityBridge on its $200,000,000+ investment from ZenFi Networks
Served as financial advisor to Wyyerd on its growth equity raise from The Carlyle Group
Served as financial advisor to SummitIG
Served as financial advisor to Vero Fiber Networks on its investment from Ariet Capital
Served as financial advisor to AxiaTP’s majority equity holders in the Company’s restructuring
Served as financial advisor to StackPath and lead placement agent on its Series B round of equity financing led by Juniper Networks, Inc. and Cox Communications Inc.