• William Blair Wins Investment Bank of the Year

    Mergers and Acquisitions Magazine has named William Blair the 2017 Investment Bank of the year. William Blair has achieved significant growth, surpassing its previous year’s deal value by nearly 75 percent. The Chicago, Illinois based Investment Firm attributed its accomplishments to the last five years of investments into the firm’s growth. William Blair has grown by more than 60 percent throughout the last 5 years adding several new locations. Mark Brady, investment banker and William Blair’s Global Head of M&A said, “We have been in investment mode for quite some time. We have grown our talent pool, and presence around the world. Our efforts put us on a growth trajectory…

  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Private vs. Public Deals

    Tom Terrarosa of The Deal recently sat down with several financial professionals to discuss M&A transactions. In partnership with Intralinks, the group dove into a 25-year study of over 78,000 worldwide M&A transactions conducted by London’s Cass Business School. With the market currently experiencing a 7.8 percent deal rate failure, the worst the market has seen since the financial crisis, this group looked to find the answers to why deals are failing. Many have begun to wonder, is there something more company-specific going on in the M&A market? This study investigates 5 key areas that answer the question of why some bids are more likely to be successful than others.…

  • Mark Brady Reflects on his Experiences at Chicago Booth School of Business as it Celebrates the 75th Anniversary

    In 1943, Chicago Booth recognized the need for experienced leaders to apply their knowledge and training to urgent tasks and expand the capacity of American industry. This realization inspired the college to launch the world’s first Executive MBA Program. For the first time, Booth developed a course of rigorous business education tailored to the specific needs of mid-career managers. Mark Brady, William Blair’s Global Head of M&A is a proud Chicago Booth MBA alumni. While completing his undergraduate studies at Northwestern, Mark found himself thinking about his future. He sat in Northwestern’s library and read over a list of jobs in the United States, and decided to pursue investment banking. Shortly…