Jeffery Sechrest, Senior Advisor
Jeffrey Sechrest is a Senior Advisor to Dove Capital Partners, focusing on the investment side of the business. He formed Rockdale Partners, a merchant banking firm, in February 2015, after serving for three years as President of Berenson & Company. Prior to Berenson, Jeff served as Co-Head of Lazard’s Media Group for ten years. Before Lazard, he held various senior positions on Wall Street, including Vice Chairman at Merrill Lynch, a senior partner at Evercore Partners and a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Media/Telecom Groups at Lehman Brothers.
Over the course of his investment banking career, Jeff has worked with a diverse list of companies in the technology, media and telecom industries, including Amazon.com, BellSouth Corporation, Comcast, Cox Enterprises, Electronic Arts, ExtremeReach, Liberty Media, NBC, Univision and Viacom. He is known as one of the preeminent investment bankers to companies in the media and technology industries and has participated in many of the most high profile transactions in those industries.
Prior to investment banking, Jeff was a lawyer with Baker & Botts, where he established his credentials as an expert in mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on hostile transactions. He participated in many of the largest M&A transactions in the early 1980’s for clients such as Boone Pickens, Pennzoil Company and Schlumberger. He practiced law for five years prior to making the transition to investment banking.
Jeff graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina and received his law degree from the University of Virginia where he was a Dillard Fellow.