Nicholas Osborne

Co-Head of Technology Investment Banking
Investment Banking
Sector Expertise
Additional Expertise

Infrastructure & Hardware

Nicholas Osborne is a managing director and co-head of technology investment banking at Piper Sandler. He joined Piper Sandler in 2022 when the firm acquired DBO Partners (DBO), where he was a founding partner.

Osborne’s banking career spans 37 years. He co-founded DBO in 2012, where he has focused on industry defining technology M&A and capital raising transactions, including representing AMD in its $35 billion acquisition of Xilinx and Cloudera on its $742 million strategic investment from Intel. He also works closely with industrial and services companies pursuing digital transformation strategies and leading technology focused private equity firms. Prior to DBO, he was a managing director and head of global technology mergers & acquisitions at Morgan Stanley. In this role, he was responsible for managing relationships and advising on M&A transactions for leading global technology companies including Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Materials, Arcsight, Atmel, CNET, eBay, Electronic Arts, Ingram Micro, Intuit, Oracle, Omniture, Qlogic, Rightnow, Sandisk, Semtech and Zappos. He has extensive experience representing both buyers and sellers, structuring and negotiating significant JV’s and advising on activist and hostile situations.

Prior to joining the Morgan Stanley’s technology M&A group in 1996, Osborne was a vice president in the financial sponsor group at Morgan Stanley and an associate in the high yield finance group at First Boston in New York City. Before attending business school, he completed the management program and was corporate finance officer focused on large multinational clients at JP Morgan in New York City.

Osborne is a graduate of Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and of the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College with a Master of Business Administration degree.