Energy Technology


Owen Hart
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Mergers & Acquisitions


Owen joined Baird's San Francisco Investment Banking office in 2012 as a Managing Director in its M&A practice. Owen provides strategic and analytical support on buyside and sellside acquisitions/divestitures, mergers, strategic alternatives, and other financial advisory services across multiple sectors, including Consumer, Technology & Services and Real Estate where he has focused the majority of his career. Prior to joining Baird, Owen was a Managing Director and the Head of West Coast Mergers & Acquisitions for Cowen and Company, 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. Prior to Thomas Weisel Partners, Owen 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. Owen 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.


Jonathan Harrison
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Jonathan Harrison is a member of Baird’s European Investment Banking team. He joined Baird in 2008, bringing extensive experience in a range of sub-verticals within the Technology & Services and Energy sectors.

With many years of experience in the Investment Banking industry, as well as a background as an auditor and an economist, Jonathan has long-established relationships with many large corporations and private equity firms and experience executing a number of flagship transactions for his client base.

Prior to joining Baird, Jonathan worked at Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for the firm’s Business Services franchise across EMEA. He has a first class degree in Economics and a Master of Philosophy in Finance.

Mathew A. Kessler
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Mathew A.

Matt Kessler is a Director in Baird’s Technology & Services Investment Banking Group with a focus on Technology and Energy Technology sector. Matt began his career in 2004 as a member of Baird’s Industrial Investment Banking team in Milwaukee where he spent three years as a Financial Analyst focused on equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other advisory services. In 2007, Matt began a 2-year secondment in London with Baird’s European Investment Banking team as an Associate providing analytical and execution support on European and transatlantic mergers and acquisitions. Matt received an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and he also graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a double B.S. in Finance and Marketing.

John R. Lanza
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John joined Baird in 2000. He spent his first year in Baird's Global Investment Banking Group and then worked as a research analyst for two years in the Equity Research Department. He rejoined Investment Banking in 2003. Prior to joining Baird, John was an investment banking associate with Prudential Securities in New York.

John's experience also includes five years as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche where he ultimately reached the level of manager. He received an MBA degree from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Administration. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland College Park where he was an honors student. He is also a CPA.

Michael Wolff
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Before Michael joined Baird in 2003, he worked for Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt for nine years, primarily executing public and private merger and acquisition transactions. At Deutsche Bank, he focused on Chemicals, Automotive, Industrials and private equity transactions. Michael completed transactions involving German, European and U.S. private and public companies as well as private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

Earlier, Michael worked at Roland Berger Management Consultants and Arthur Andersen & Co. He graduated as a Diplom-Kaufmann from the University of Bayreuth and holds an MBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.