Owen Hart Set to Join Baird Investment Banking

SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2012
Baird, an employee-owned, international capital markets, private equity, wealth and asset management firm, today announced that Owen L. Hart will soon join the firm’s Investment Banking business as a Managing Director in its M&A practice. A seasoned investment banker with 25 years of advisory experience, Hart will support Baird’s M&A activities across multiple sectors, including Consumer, Technology, Business Services and Real Estate where he has focused the majority of his career. He will be based in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Hart spent the last nine years at Cowen and Company as a Managing Director and the Head of West Coast Mergers & Acquisitions where he principally focused on Consumer and Technology related M&A activity. Prior to Cowen, he spent four years as a Founding Partner at Thomas Weisel Partners where he led their Consumer, Business Services, Semiconductor, Semiconductor Capital Equipment and Storage M&A practices. Before that, Hart held senior banking roles at Montgomery Securities where he helped found their Business Services Investment Banking practice and led their Business Services M&A practice. Hart also helped found Lazard Freres & Co.’s Real Estate Group and started his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert where he was a member of their Real Estate group.

“We are very excited for Owen to join the Baird team and continue the expansion of our global M&A business, as well as the firm’s growing presence on the West Coast,” said Steve Booth, Director of Baird’s Investment Banking group. “Owen’s deep client relationships and 25 years of advisory experience will be a tremendous asset to our already strong M&A platform.

“We’ve made a considerable effort over the past several years to enhance and expand our global M&A offering, and it’s clear that our efforts have paid off in terms of the growth and momentum for Baird,” said Booth.

Hart’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 in San Francisco and Rob Rosenfeld in Chicago. These and other investments in talent and capabilities have paid significant returns as Baird’s Investment Banking 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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