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Founded by games industry veteran Gerard Wiener, Cerca Trova Advisors is a recognized thought leader and one of the only boutique investment banks with a dedicated focus on games and interactive entertainment.

Our team is comprised of games and mobile industry veterans who have been in the games space for more than 15 years.  Gerard Wiener was an integral part of Sega's early online and mobile gaming efforts, and pioneered the mobile gaming industry as head of Nokia's $250 million mobile gaming business.  We maintain relationships with all of the major industry players in the United States, Europe and Asia ranging from traditional console publishers such as EA and Ubisoft to newer social and mobile players such as Supercell/Tencent, King.com/Activision and 360 Games.  Between us, we have participated in more than 100 transactions valued at over $20 billion including a number deals in the games industry.

Founder Bio: Gerard Wiener

After graduating from Harvard Law school in 1996, Gerard began his career with the San Francisco based law firm of Brobeck Phleger and Harrison.  In 1997, he began working as outside counsel for Sega of Japan, and in that capacity worked on the Sega Gameworks transaction(s) as well as Sega's purchase of Visual Concepts (acquired from Sega by Take Two Interactive in 2005).  In 2000, Gerard went in-house for Sega, becoming General Counsel for Sega Enterprises (US arcade division) and Sega.com and associate counsel for Sega of America and was part of the deal team from Sega of Japan that worked on the THQ merger project in 2001-2002.  As part of the management team of Sega.com and eventually COO, Gerard built Sega's US and Japanese mobile business from 0 to $20 million in the course of three years, and eventually sold the US assets of that division of Sega to Nokia in September of 2003.

Upon joining Nokia, Gerard became the Managing Director of the Networked Game Solutions group, and became Vice President and Global Head of Nokia's games business unit in November of 2004 (approximately 500 employees with $250 million revenue).  In January of 2006, Gerard was appointed VP and Global Head of M&A and Strategy for Nokia's smartphone business unit, a $15 billion dollar revenue division.  As head of that group, Gerard led the acquisitions of Gate5, Loudeye, Twango, and Navteq, among others.  The $8.1 billion acquisition of Navteq, for which Gerard was the project lead, was the largest acquisition ever done by Nokia, and remains one of the largest transactions ever completed in Scandinavia.

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