Congratulations to William Blair’s Christina Bresani on Being Named to M&A Magazine’s Most Influential Women

Mergers & Acquisitions magazine named Christina Bresani to their 2018 list of “Most Influential Women in M&A.” Christina serves as the head of William Blair’s financial services investment banking.

“It’s an honor to be included as part of this group of incredibly accomplished dealmakers,” said Bresani, who joined William Blair in 2017 from UBS. “These professionals are proof that although challenges remain in improving diversity in the industry, an increasing number of women across the M&A ecosystem are playing vital roles in the transactions that are defining their sectors.”

Christina has completed more than 70 transactions in her 20-year career. Most notably, she’s handled industry-shaping transactions including Chicago Board Options Exchange’s $3.4 billion acquisition of Bats Global Markets, TIAA’s $2.5 billion acquisition of EverBank Financial, and First Horizon National Corp.’s $2.2 billion acquisition of Capital Bank Financial Corp.

William Blair Expands To North Carolina

William Blair has expanded its team by adding a new sector team who will cover Aerospace, Defense and Government Services. This team will be located in Charlotte, North Carolina in William Blair’s new office. The new team will be led by Gordie Vap, managing director, Andrew Kugajevsky, vice president and Josh Ollek, vice president. In addition to the leadership, Charles Watson, a veteran member of the William Blair team who covers the southeast region will now be working out of the new Charlotte location.

Brent Gledhill, global head of investment banking at William Blair said, “William Blair is always looking to improve our investment banking team’s capabilities by adding quality teams and individuals with expertise in sectors that will add value for our clients. Gordie and his team are experienced and knowledgeable within the Aerospace and Defense sector, and make an excellent addition to our already robust investment banking team.”

Over the past two years, Mr. Vap and his team have advised on more than thirty deals featuring businesses in the Aerospace, Defense and Government Services sector, completing twelve transactions.

CIS of Chicago Impacts Young Students

How can one adult impact the life of a young student? The above video showcases the impact Communities in Schools Student Support Managers have on the students they work with. CIS of Chicago’s primary goal is to see Chicago’s graduation rate rise to 100 percent. They work to achieve this in local schools every day by empowering students to succeed and surrounding them with a community of support. CIS of Chicago strategically places caring adults in schools to work with kids at risk of dropping out.