Baird Investment Banking Adds Brian Sapp, Continues Clean Technology And Bay Area Expansion

SAN FRANCISCO, December 1, 2011

Baird, an employee-owned, international capital markets, private equity, wealth and asset management firm, today announced that it has added investment banker Brian Sapp as a Director in its Clean Technology Investment Banking team. The addition of Sapp, who is based in San Francisco, demonstrates the firm’s ongoing investments in the technology and clean technology sectors and expansion in the Bay Area.

Sapp has over 13 years of investment banking experience, most recently serving as a senior member of the clean technology investment banking team at Wedbush Morgan Securities. Sapp also worked at CIBC World Markets, Pacific Growth Equities and Thomas Weisel Partners, all as a member of their respective technology investment banking teams.
“We are very pleased that Brian has decided to join our team and continue his career at Baird,” said Greg Ingram, Head of Technology Investment Banking and Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets. “Expanding and strengthening Baird’s capabilities in the technology and clean technology sectors are a top priority for the firm, and we believe Brian will be a tremendous addition to the platform.”

Since the launch of a new clean technology focus in 2009, Baird has continued to make talent investments to its Equity Capital Markets platform, particularly within the technology and clean technology sectors. In July, Baird added Internet Equity Research Analyst Colin Sebastian in San Francisco, and in Sept., Baird added technology investment banker Louis Draper in Palo Alto. Along with the additional talent, Baird held its inaugural Clean Technology Conference in San Francisco last year, bringing together institutional and private equity investors with senior management from dozens of companies. This year Baird is expanding the event and hosting a Technology and a Clean Technology Conference Nov. 29- Dec. 1.

Much of Baird’s growth and expansion over the past few years has been in Northern California. In 2006, Baird had one associate in the region; today the firm has nearly 100 associates in the area, with offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sacramento and Grass Valley, representing Baird’s Private Wealth Management, Fixed Income and Equity Capital Markets businesses.

About Baird Investment Banking
With a team of approximately 200 professionals in the United States, Europe and Asia, Baird’s Investment Banking group provides corporations and financial sponsors with in-depth market knowledge and extensive experience in merger and acquisition and equity financing transactions focused on the middle market. Over the past 10 years, Baird has advised on 735 M&A and financing transactions with a combined value of more than $135 billion. Nearly one third of our M&A transactions in the past five years have involved an international party. Baird has received “Deal of the Year” recognition from The M&A Advisor for six straight years, including four awards in 2010. Baird has also been recognized for four consecutive years by Acquisitions Monthly in Europe, including receiving the “Support Services Adviser Award” for 2011.

About Baird
Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than 2,600 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird oversees and manages client assets of $89 billion. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked number 14 on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2011 – its eighth consecutive year on the list. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at