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 partners.
William Blair's investment banking group helps 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.