Derek Koecher Derek Koecher, Managing Director for 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions.

Derek Koecher serves as a Managing Director for 1stWest M&A, bringing 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.

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