About William Blair

William Blair is an independent and employee-owned global investment banking and asset management firm based in Chicago, with offices in over 20 cities across five continents. William Blair is led by CEO John Ettelson, and of the firm's more than 1,400 employees, approximately 190 are principals.

William Blair's investment banking group enables corporations, financial sponsors, owner/entrepreneurs, and governments around the world to achieve their growth, liquidity, and financing objectives. Drawing on the collective intellectual capital and sector expertise of a global team, the investment banking group provides advice and services on corporate board advisory projects, mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt financings. Since 2012, William Blair has completed more than 900 transactions totaling more than $230 billion.. During that same period, the firm was an underwriter on more than 20 percent of all U.S. initial public offerings and raised over $100 billion in public and private financing.

William Blair repeatedly receives M&A accolades; in 2016, the firm was awarded "M&A Deal of the Year" by Buyouts magazine and named to Mergers & Acquisitions magazine list of "Most Influential Women in M&A." In 2015, William Blair received "M&A Deal of the Year," "Corporate and Strategic Acquisition of the Year," and "Cross-border Deal of the Year" from M&A Advisor; and "Americas Investment Bank of the Year" and "Investment Bank of the Year" from M&A Atlas.

Who We Serve

Investment banking clients include high-growth companies that are leaders in their industries. We serve publicly traded and privately held companies, providing advice and services on corporate board advisory projects, mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt financings.

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. Over the past five years, the number of investment bankers has increased by 50%. 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. 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, OneGoal, Bernie’s Book Bank, Urban Initiatives, and Bunker Labs. In addition to these firm-wide initiatives, our employees generously contribute their time, resources, and leadership to countless other 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 2016, we were named to Fortune magazine’s “30 Best Workplaces in Financial and Insurance” list, and we have been named to the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces” list in each of the last five years. Our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) and Veteran’s Affinity Network provide a networking forum for women and veteran’s at William Blair and are 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.

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