William Blair & Company

William Blair & Company is a global investment banking and wealth management firm based in Chicago and is committed to building lasting relationships with their clients. Founded in 1935 by William McCormick Blair, the firm is independent and employee-owned and operates in more than 20 offices across the globe. In the past five years William Blair’s investment banking team has advised on over $260 billion in completely transactions.

WIlliam Blair services include investment banking, institutional wealth management, private wealth management, and institutional sales & trading. The company also has an award winning team of analyst on the Equity Research team that deliver superior investment ideas and value-adding perspective to over 600 quality growth companies. Mark Brady heads Mergers and Acquisitions team that services buyer and sellers, providing in-depth financial and strategic analysis, identifies potential transaction partners, developes deal structures, and negotiates the transaction terms. Since 2013, the team has completed over 450 M&A transactions representing over $150 billion in value.

In addition to being committed to its clients, William Blair and its employees are dedicated to the communities in which they work and live. The company and its foundation contribute to hundreds of charities every year through sponsorships, grants, and employee matching gift programs. The William Blair Community Partners program has provided financial support and volunteerism to college preparation and graduation initiatives, established mentoring relationships, supported arts and education in public schools, provided new resources for after-school and summer programs, and brought healthy meals to school children and their families. William Blair has also supported Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, an organization which Mark Brady sits on the board.

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