Derek Koecher’s Expertise AI / LM, Mobility, Fiber, and SaaS Springs From
His Deep-Rooted Understanding of Media, Technology, and Telecom

Derek Koecher

Derek Koecher,
1stWest M&A’s
Senior Advisor

Evergreen, CO – March 25, 2024 – 1stWest Mergers and Acquisitions announced today that it has named Derek Koecher as a new Senior Advisor. Derek will bring his decades of M&A expertise to help guide 1stWest M&A’s clients through complex carve-outs, buy and sell transactions, growth strategies, and negotiation of transaction compensation for founders and executive teams.

With a distinguished background in leadership roles at Fortune 100 companies such as Verizon and CenturyLink, Derek has facilitated over $100 billion in deal value across a wide spectrum of transactions. His journey began as a risk manager for a startup wireless communications company, before he advanced to pivotal roles in international telecom. Among his accomplishments, Derek played a key role in raising the largest VC-backed deal in Latin America as well as transformative acquisitions, including the sale of CenturyLink data centers, carveouts in towers, SaaS providers, and cyber security. Derek’s recent focus on AI, Language Model (LM), mobility, fiber, and SaaS springs from his deep-rooted understanding of media, technology, and telecom.

“Derek is among the most sought-after advisors for transactions in the hottest M&A sectors today, from telecom and SaaS to AI,” said Ted Rieple, 1stWest M&A’s Managing Partner. “Derek brings a sterling reputation to our firm, earned from his decades of service to many of the most well-known corporations in North American. We are thrilled to welcome him as a Senior Advisor.”


About 1stWEST M&A

1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions is a full service, international investment banking and advisory firm that is focused on the lower middle-market of companies. The firm has built a unique business solutions platform of assisting owners and shareholders in selling their companies, acquiring other businesses, and raising growth capital. With Managing Directors in the US, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, 1stWEST M&A is uniquely positioned to serve its clients around the globe.

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