• New Business in M&A

    A business opportunity is directly impacted by finding the right degree of exposure. Individuals must constantly be seeking out opportunities to get themselves in front of the “right people.”  If you can succeed in doing that, the next step is to make the right impressions. In professional services, there is a very long and wide funnel between the number of people you’ll meet and those with whom you’ll actually do business. For example, in the Mergers and Acquisitions business, bankers say they need to meet 100 people in order to reach 10 companies that could eventually transact over time. Then, once you’ve captured their attention, you’ll then need to compete…

  • William Blair’s Global Headquarters Relocated

    On August 1, William Blair moved its global headquarters to a fifty-four story, 1.2 million square foot office tower found right along the Chicago riverfront.  The space is surrounded by a 1.5-acre park and walkway, located at 150 North Riverside Plaza.   The company’s new office tower creation was headed by Goettsch Partners based in Chicago. Interior Architects, also in Chicago, designed the building’s meeting areas and offices. The building’s inception was the result of five years of research and planning to create a state of the art home for William Blair’s staff and clients while promoting an environment that positively affects client results, fosters employee engagement and increases collaboration.…

  • Indy 500 Leaves its Mark on Mercy Home

    Each year, the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls holds an annual Ringside Gala. Ringside for Mercy’s Sake began in 1991 as a unique collaboration between the leadership of Chicago’s financial exchanges and has since grown to include boxers from companies across the country.  Last year’s event marked the 25th year of collaboration on the event with Mercy Home.   Among attendees of the Ringside Gala was, Mark Brady, William Blair’s Global Head of M&A.  Brady attended the Indy 500 as part of an auction package he won — donated by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Mark Brady and his wife Jamie attended the Indy 500 with renowned Indy Car racer…

  • Chicago Booth Welcomes Dean Madhav Rajan

    University of Chicago Booth School of Business proudly announced its newly appointed dean, Madhav Rajan.  Rajan formerly worked at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, serving as the associate dean.  Rajan completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Madras, India. He holds a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.  Rajan’s appointment officially began July 1, 2017. Rajan succeeds Sunil Kumar, who was named provost of Johns Hopkins University. Rajan offers an impressive resume having served as senior associate dean for academic affairs at the Stanford GSB from 2010 to 2016, where he holds the Robert K. Jaedicke Chair in Accounting.  His responsibilities included leadership of Stanford’s MBA…