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 that took us to the position we hit in 2017. We also care deeply about our relationships. More than 60 percent of William Blair’s transactions in 2017 involved repeat clients. We are a trusted advisor to clients across market cycles, and we have a track record of delivering optimal outcomes.” Additionally, Brady attributed a significant amount of William Blair’s success to the firm’s commitment to both their employees and their communities. “We’ve become so much more involved in our communities and that’s where it all starts, by cultivating lasting and meaningful relationships.”
William Blair completed 22 percent more M&A advisory transactions in 2017 than they did in the previous year, representing $52.1 billion in total deal value. 2017 marked William Blair’s highest total of M&A transactions ever – up nearly 75 percent from $29.8 billion in 2016.
Throughout William Blair’s last five years spent investing, the firm has devoted significant resources to grow its number of bankers, expanding its debt financing capabilities, hosting various conferences and most notably opening its new North American headquarters in Chicago.