Gregg Lemkau was always a bit of a geek, but he learned to
hide it early. Hed be reading a comic book or some
light magazine, and inside it would be a textbook,
recalls former Dartmouth College head soccer coach Bobby Clark
of the young Lemkau, who played goalie for a team that made it
to the National Collegiate Athletic Associations Division
I quarterfinals in 1990. Although Lemkau was studious, Clark
adds, he competed hard and never stopped smiling.
Those qualities have served the father of four well. In
September, Goldman Sachs Group named London-based Lemkau head
of mergers and acquisitions for Europe, the Middle East, Africa
and Asia-Pacific. He previously co-led the technology, media
and telecommunications division with George Lee; Anthony Noto
has succeeded him in that role. Lemkau, 42, left the post on a
high note: This year Goldman ranks first in the TMT sector,
with $107.6 billion in deal volume through mid-October,
according to Dealogic a 39 percent jump over the whole
of 2010, when the firm ranked sixth.
Among other 2011 deals, Lemkau has advised U.K. software
maker Autonomy Corp. on its $11.7 billion takeover by
Hewlett-Packard Co. and private equity firm Silver Lake
Partners on its $8.5 billion sale of online phone service
Skype to Microsoft Corp. In a fundraising effort for Palo Alto,
Californiabased Facebook, he helped Mark
Zuckerbergs social network secure $1.5 billion.
Lemkau describes his work as highly stimulating. Every
person you have the chance to interact with in this job is
great at what they do, he says. It helps make you
better at what you do, builds great experience and forces you
to be on the top of your game.
That includes jawing with clients like Russian Internet
tycoon Yuri Milner, an investor in Facebook and founder of Hong
Kongbased DST Global, whom Lemkau advised on the
$5.7 billion initial public offering of Mail.ru Group
last year. We had a very profound conversation about the
trends and the space, the billionaire says.
Greggs extremely professional and knowledgeable
about the Internet.
At Dartmouth the Boston-born Lemkau planned to pursue a
legal career. After graduating in 1991 with a degree in
economics and government, he joined a leading law firm as an
M&A paralegal. But his friends lives in banking
appealed to him more, so the following year he started at
Goldman as an analyst.