Debt Advisory


Howard P. Lanser
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Howard Lanser Head of Debt Advisory

Howard Lanser is a Managing Director in Baird's Mergers & Acquisitions group.  He heads the firm’s Debt Advisory Group and also serves as a senior M&A execution specialist.  Howard has over 19 years of experience originating and executing financing and M&A advisory assignments in a diverse range of industry sectors including industrial, consumer products, for-profit education, corporate training, human capital services, and healthcare services.  His clients have ranged from public multinational corporations to private, growth-oriented middle-market firms. 

Prior to Baird, Howard was an Associate in the investment banking departments of Credit Suisse First Boston and Merrill Lynch and a Financial Analyst at Morgan Stanley.  Howard received an M.B.A. with honors from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.  He also graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame where he received a B.A. in history and German.

Paul A. C. Bail
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Paul Bail European Debt Advisory

Paul joined Baird’s European M&A team in 2012 where he provides debt advisory expertise gained from over 12 years of lending and advising on leveraged finance transactions. Prior to Baird, Paul was with Investec Bank plc where he ran debt advisory for private equity-based transactions from 2009. Previously Paul worked for Barclays Bank plc as a Senior Director in 2005, rising to Head of the Financial Sponsors Leveraged Finance team in 2007. Paul started his career at Hill Samuel as a corporate banker before moving to a head office strategic development role at parent TSB Group and then spent eight years at Bank of America principally within their European leveraged finance team.

Bob Haviland
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Robert Haviland High Yield Capital Markets

Robert Haviland joined the Debt Capital Markets Group at Baird as a Director in 2013. As part of the High Yield Sales & Trading Group, he works closely with corporate debt issuers on open market repurchase programs, new high yield origination, syndication and other liability management issues. Robert has 20 years experience providing capital markets services to clients ranging in size from focused, single issue companies up to and including Fortune 500 corporations.

Prior to joining Baird, Robert held the position of Managing Director, Liability Management at Gleacher & Company. Prior to Gleacher & Company, he was a Portfolio Manager at Lionhart Investment Ltd. with responsibility for global credit exposure of a $1BB portfolio specializing in domestic high yield and distressed investments. Prior to Lionhart, Robert held Debt Capital Markets positions with BB&T Capital Markets and Raymond James Financial, and Bank of New York Capital Markets. Robert holds a BS in Finance from Rutgers University.