Mr. Graves brings more than 25 years of investment banking experience to Signal Hill and has executed transactions valued at more than $40 billion. He has worked at bulge bracket firms, global banks and boutique merchant banks and has represented the interests of a broad range of clients ranging from family-run companies to large-cap multi-national organizations. He is a member of Signal Hill's Sponsor Coverage team.
In 2004, Mr. Graves founded Spinnaker Capital Advisors (SCA), an advisory firm focusing on the M&A and capital raising needs of media companies. In partnership with the CobbCorp media merchant bank, SCA closed more than $600 million of M&A, capital raising and financial advisory transactions. In 2014, SCA affiliated with Desilva+Phillips, a New York City-based investment bank, and Mr. Graves joined the firm as a Senior Advisor.
Before founding SCA, Mr. Graves was a Managing Director in Deutsche Bank’s Media Investment Banking Group where he specialized in the cable, TV, radio and newspapers industries. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he relaunched Merrill Lynch’s broadcasting industry practice. During his five years at the company as a Vice President and Director, Mr. Graves built the broadcasting industry practice into a leader in market share in equity, debt, and M&A transactions.
Mr. Graves holds a B.S. in Finance and Management Science & Statistics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Notable Clients & Transactions: Allbritton Communications, Learfield Sports, ISP Sports, Barrington Broadcasting, Lincoln Financial Media, Gray Communications, Hearst Corporation, and Tribune Company