Jim Hemmer Set to Join Baird Investment Banking as Managing Director, Expand Financial Services Practice in the Midwest

CHICAGO, Aug. 20, 2012
Baird, an employee-owned, international capital markets, private equity, wealth and asset management firm, today announced that James (“Jim”) F. Hemmer will soon join the firm’s Investment Banking Financial Services team as a Managing Director. With more than 20 years of experience working with Midwest-based banks, thrifts and other financial institutions, Hemmer will help lead Baird’s M&A and equity financing offering in the sector, expanding the firm’s Financial Services practice in the Midwest. He will be based in the firm’s Chicago office.

Hemmer joins Baird from Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P. where he was a Managing Director and oversaw the firm’s Midwest investment banking clients, advising on M&A and equity transactions for banks and thrifts since 2003. Prior to Sandler, he was Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers where he held a similar role, focusing on Lehman’s Midwest bank and thrift relationships. Hemmer also held positions at McDonald Investments and The Chicago Corporation. He received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

“We are very pleased Jim has decided to join Baird,” said Steve Booth, Director of Baird’s Investment Banking group. “With his focus on Midwest banks and thrifts, many of which are in Wisconsin and the Greater Chicago area, Jim will expand our Financial Services practice and complement our existing footprint.”

Mark Micklem, Head of Baird’s Financial Services Investment Banking team, added: “Jim has deep experience and trusted client relationships in the financial services space, and we are excited for and confident of the contributions he will make to the team.”

Hemmer’s appointment is yet another example of the continued growth of Baird’s global M&A platform. In recent months the firm has added several senior level bankers, including Chris Harned in Milwaukee, Paul Bail in London, Jason Abt and Owen Hart in San Francisco, Rob Rosenfeld in Chicago and David Schechner in Boston. These and other investments in talent and capabilities have paid significant returns as Baird’s Investment Banking department posted record revenues in 2011, 42% higher than our previous record set in 2007.

About Baird Investment Banking
Recognized as the 2011 “Investment Banking Firm of the Year” by The M&A Advisor, Baird is a leading global investment bank focused on the middle market. Approximately 200 investment banking professionals in the U.S., Europe and Asia provide corporations, private equity and venture capital firms with in-depth market knowledge and extensive experience in merger and acquisition and equity financing transactions. Since 2007, Baird has advised on more than 230 M&A transactions representing $43 billion in transaction value and has served as lead or co-manager on 250 equity offerings raising more than $76 billion. Baird has received “Deal of the Year” recognitions from The M&A Advisor for seven years running, demonstrating commitment to attaining great outcomes for clients.

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 2,700 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has more than $94 billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 21 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2012 – its ninth 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 rwbaird.com.
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