About William Blair

William Blair is a global investment banking and asset management firm and the premier global investment banking boutique. Our investment bankers are passionate about helping companies around the world maximize the value of their businesses by providing M&A advisory services and access to growth capital.

The firm has more than 1,300 employees and is based in Chicago, with coverage in 22 cities across five continents. This extensive global reach allows us to identify the optimal transaction partner for our clients regardless of location or language.

Our greatest asset is our ability to execute even the most difficult transactions and achieve optimal results for our clients. We do this by drawing on our global reach, industry expertise, and the tenacity of our people. We leave no stone unturned in pursuit of our clients’ success.

Who We Serve

Our clients primarily are high-growth companies that are leaders in their industries. We serve publicly traded and privately held companies, executing mergers and acquisitions, growth financing through public or private markets, restructuring, and general advisory projects. This comprehensive suite of services allows us to be a long-term partner to our clients as they grow and evolve. Since 2010, we have completed more than 900 investment banking transactions worth more than $210 billion in value.

William Blair Highlights:

  • Recognized for delivering outstanding results: Over the past five years, 75% of our investment banking business came from repeat clients.

    Building for tomorrow: William Blair is in the midst of a remarkable period of growth across the firm. Over the past five years, the number of investment bankers at the firm has increased by 50%. From an asset management perspective, the firm had more than $79 billion in client assets as of June 30, 2015. The firm is building on this impressive momentum by continually expanding its capabilities to provide outstanding results to clients around the world.

    To accommodate the firm’s growth and the evolving needs of our clients and our employees, William Blair’s global headquarters is moving into a new, world-class office building that will be completed in 2017 in downtown Chicago.
  • Invested in our communities: We are committed to being a long-term partner to the communities where we live and work around the world. Each year, William Blair forms strategic partnerships with organizations that address the most pressing needs of our communities. In addition to financial support, we provide firm-wide opportunities for employees to roll up their sleeves and get involved. Since 2011, our community partners have included the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Comer Children’s Hospital, By The Hand Club For Kids, Midtown Educational Foundation, Hands On London, and OneGoal. In addition to these firm-wide initiatives, our employees generously contribute their time, resources, and leadership to countless organizations.
  • Unique culture creates a differentiated environment: Throughout the firm’s 80-year history, William Blair has been 100% owned by partners who are actively involved with the firm. This structure has helped foster a culture that is defined by collaboration, independence, and a steadfast focus on our clients’ best interests. Senior professionals take a long-term view of the firm’s success and have an active interest in the development of their junior colleagues.

    We strive to create a tremendously rewarding work-life balance for our employees. In 2015, we were named to Fortune magazine’s “20 Great Workplaces in Financial Services” list, and we have been named to the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces” list in each of the last five years.Our WIN program provides a networking forum for women at William Blair and is designed to foster communication and professional development across the firm.

  • A True Meritocracy: Our people are our greatest assets, and we have created an environment that attracts and rewards people who are passionate about delivering outstanding results for our clients. We believe that rewarding our best performers—regardless of their title or tenure—is essential to the success of the firm. Compensation and promotions are determined by each employee’s track record of delivering outstanding results.

As our clients’ needs and the global financial marketplace evolve, we will continue to enhance our ability to deliver outstanding results for our clients. Across industries and geographies, we will continue to strengthen our expertise and presence in the areas that will provide the greatest growth opportunities for our clients. We know that our success depends on our ability to attract and develop people who are defined by their sharp intellect, uncompromising standards, and rigorous work ethic.  

For more information, please visit www.williamblair.com.