Aryeh B. Bourkoff is the Founder and CEO of LionTree LLC, a global investment and merchant banking firm focused on media, technology and telecommunications.
Early life and education
Bourkoff was born in 1972 in Palo Alto, California. Bourkoff holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego.
Bourkoff began his career as a high-yield research analyst at Smith Barney from 1995 to 1997 and at CIBC World Markets Corp from 1997 to 1999.
Bourkoff moved to UBS in 1999, where he began as a fixed income research analyst. In 2005, he became the first sector analyst ranked No. 1 for equity, fixed income and hedge funds in the same year by Institutional Investor. Institutional Investor also named him a top ranked fixed-income analyst in the cable and satellite sector from 2000 to 2007.
In 2007, Bourkoff was named Head of the Media and Communications Research Group, and two years later was named the Joint Global Head of Telecom, Media and Technology Investment Banking.
In 2011, Bourkoff was appointed as Vice Chairman and Head of Americas Investment Banking, and became a member of the UBS Investment Banking Executive Committee. While Vice Chairman at UBS, Bourkoff was recognized by Fortune Magazine on their “40 under 40” list.
After 13 years at UBS, Bourkoff founded LionTree in 2012, where he currently serves as CEO.
In March 2017, LionTree Partners founded Ocelot Partners, a special purpose acquisition company that focuses on investment opportunities in the European TMT sector, along with Andrew Barron and Martin E. Franklin.
Today, Bourkoff serves as a trustee of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, Bourkoff is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Paley Center for Media, the New York Philanthropic Advisory Board of UNICEF, the Royal Academy of Arts America Board, and Lincoln Center’s Business Advisory Council as well as the Lincoln Center Media & Entertainment Council.
Bourkoff is the producer of two documentary films, Out of Print and The Last Jews of Libya, both of which had their premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. Bourkoff currently lives in New York City with his wife and four children.