Baird Investment Banking Receives Top Honors for 2009 Deals Despite Challenging Environment

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 10, 2010
 
Baird, an employee-owned international capital markets, private equity, wealth and asset management firm, today announced that, despite the challenging environment in 2009, it received top investment banking honors for some of its key transactions.

For the third consecutive year, Baird was named “Manufacturing Sector Adviser of the Year” by Acquisitions Monthly, a U.K.-based publication of Thomson Financial. In selecting Baird as the 2010 "Manufacturing Sector Adviser of the Year”, Acquisitions Monthly pointed to Baird’s role in the successful cross-border sale of sale of Transmark Fcx to McJunkin Red Man Corp., a Goldman Sachs portfolio company. The transaction was one of only a few significant distribution transactions to be completed since the credit crisis began in September 2008.

Baird also received two honors from The M&A Advisor: “Industrial Manufacturing and Distribution Deal of the Year” for the sale of Norwesco, Inc., to Olympus Partners and “Equity Financing Deal of the Year” for the common stock follow-on offering by Regal Beloit Corporation. This marks the fifth consecutive year that The M&A Advisor has recognized Baird for an outstanding middle-market deal.

“Certainly, 2009 was a challenging year,” said Steve Booth, Director of Investment Banking. “It’s a huge testament to the strength of our Capital Markets business and Baird as a whole that we were able to leverage our global footprint and deep expertise and complete such successful transactions.”

About Baird Investment Banking group
Recognized as the 2008 “Middle Market Investment Bank of the Year” by Buyouts magazine, Baird is a leading international investment bank focused on the middle market. Approximately 140 investment banking professionals in the U.S., Europe and Asia provide corporations with in-depth market knowledge and extensive experience in merger and acquisition and equity financing transactions. Since 2000, Baird has advised on more than 330 M&A transactions representing more than $40 billion in transaction value, and has served as lead or co-manager on more than 300 equity offerings raising more than $73 billion. Baird has received “Deal of the Year” recognitions from The M&A Advisor for five years running and has been recognized as the “Manufacturing Sector Adviser of the Year” by Acquisitions Monthly for the past three years.

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 2,400 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird oversees and manages client assets of more than $75 billion. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked number 11 on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2010 -- its seventh 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 operating subsidiaries in Asia supporting Baird’s private equity and investment banking operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at www.rwbaird.com.

For additional information contact:
Anne Crago
Baird Public Relations
414-298-6081