Mark Brady is the Managing Director, Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at William Blair & Company, a global investment banking and asset management firm based in Chicago. Brady has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry, joining William Blair in 1991 and becoming a partner in 1996. He is currently the Chairman of William Blair’s Fairness Opinion Committee.
In his tenure at William Blair, Mark Brady has completed over 150 acquisition and financing transactions with companies based in over 20 different countries. Highlights of Brady’s recent transactions include the $975 million sale of Boulder Brands to Pinnacle Foods, the sale of Datatec’s North American and Latin American operations to SYNNEX Corporation for $1.1 billion and the $3 billion spinoff of Collier’s from FirstService. One of Brady’s most memorable deals was closing a 40+ year long William Blair relationship with the sale of Molex Inc. to Koch Industries for $7.2 billion.
Over his career, Mark Brady has seen William Blair’s revenue grow to over a billion dollars a year and watched the company open offices across the globe. He was also fortunate to have been mentored, professionally and personally, by William Blair veteran, Richard P. Kiphart, an investment banking legend and one of Chicago’s most savvy and prolific startup investors. Kiphart facilitated one of Brady’s first deals at William Blair, the sale of Petzazz to Petsmart, Inc., for approximately $80 million.
Mark Brady graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1987. Brady joined Kidder, Peabody & Co. to get experience in M&A before attending the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he was part of the first class to go through the school’s Leadership Effectiveness and Development program. He earned his MBA in Finance and Accounting from Booth in 1991.
Brady remains involved with his alma mater and other Chicago based organizations, including Beckman Catholic School, University of Chicago Lab School and Communities in Schools Chicago. He is also a board member of PlanetEcosystems and the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.
In 2017, William Blair was named Investment Bank of the Year. In 2008, Brady was named Investment Banker of the Year by Investment Dealer’s Digest. He was also named Dealmaker of the Year by Mergers and Acquisitions Magazine in 2012.
Brady resides in Chicago with his wife and four children and is an avid Chicago Cubs and Northwestern Football fan.