Baird’s European Investment Banking Team Expands Consumer & Industrial Expertise with Appointment of Vinay Ghai

LONDON, March 28, 2011
Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, has appointed Vinay Ghai as a Managing Director in its Investment Banking team in London, underlining thefirm’s continued expansion in Europe. Ghai, who joins Baird from corporate finance adviser Hawkpoint, will work alongside Nick Sealy, Managing Director, and support Baird's global M&A advisory practice, leveraging his deep experience and relationships in the Consumer & Industrial sectors.

Ghai’s appointment is yet another sign of the growing strength of Baird Investment Banking around the globe. Since the beginning of 2008, the group has added 18 Managing Directors and Directors, created two new industry vertical banking teams in Energy and Clean Technology, and opened four new office locations on two continents.

Ghai spent eight years in the Hawkpoint Corporate Advisory team with wide experience in Consumer, Services, Leisure, Healthcare and Industrials. Prior to joining Hawkpoint, Ghai was Vice President, European M&A, at Goldman Sachs (1999-2002) and earlier Senior Associate, European M&A, at Deutsche Bank (1996-1999).

John Fordham, Chairman of Baird’s European Investment Banking team, commented:

“I am delighted to welcome Vinay to the team. His knowledge of the European M&A landscape, across a number of our sectors, will be invaluable as we continue to expand our coverage. Our European Investment Banking team has developed significant momentum in recent years, leveraging our ‘one team’ approach to serve the global mid-market. With Vinay’s appointment, we expect further progress and gains in market share.”

About Baird’s 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 170 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 2001, Baird has advised on over 360 M&A transactions representing more than $50 billion in transaction value and has served as lead or co-manager on over 350 equity offerings raising more than $82 billion. Baird has received “Deal of the Year” recognitions from The M&A Advisor for six years running and has been recognized by Acquisitions Monthly as a top adviser in core sectors for four consecutive 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 2,600 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird oversees and manages client assets of nearly $82 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