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Francis A. L'Esperance III
Francis A. L'Esperance III
Founder & Managing Partner

Mr. L'Esperance is a founding partner of Agawam and directs the firm's principal investing and investment banking activities in the media industry. Over the past 30+ years, Mr. L'Esperance has worked on transactions totalling over $30 billion, for both small cap and large cap companies as both advisor and principal, particularly in business services, traditional media, and more recently in the consumer internet and enterprise software sectors. 

Prior to founding Agawam, Mr. L'Esperance was a Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance at Veronis Suhler Stevenson, where he spearheaded the development of a number of successful portfolio companies in the broadcasting, cable and telecommunications sectors.

Prior to joining Veronis Suhler, Mr. L'Esperance was head of media investment banking for the Americas at SBC Warburg Dillon Read (now UBS). Mr. L'Esperance began his investment banking career at Lehman Brothers working on a broad range of media industry acquisitions and financings. 

Mr. L'Esperance holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a MBA with Honors from Columbia University. He is married with four children and lives in New York City.

He can be contacted via email at

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