Equity Capital Markets


William W. Mahler
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Chairman, Equity Capital Markets
Bill Mahler wmahler@rwbaird.com

Bill is Chairman of Equity Capital Markets for Baird. Bill works closely with Baird's Investment Banking, Research, and Sales and Trading teams in the United States and international markets. Bill, who joined the firm in 1986, is a member of Baird's Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Audit Committee and Marketing Committee. He is Co-Chair of the ECM Committee and a member of the Leadership Committee and Capital Commitment Committee.

Bill earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Southern Methodist University. He sits on the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Investment Committee and Finance & Audit Committee. In addition, he serves as chairman of the board for Marquette University High School, is chairman of their Investment Committee and a member of their Executive Committee.

Peter S. Kies
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Head of Equity Capital Markets
Peter Kies pkies@rwbaird.com

Peter Kies is a Managing Director in Baird’s Global Investment Banking business where he is the Head of Equity Capital Markets and Head of Technology & Services Investment Banking. In his 20+ years at Baird, Peter has held several leadership positions, including Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets, Chairman of the Investment Banking and firm-wide Recruiting Committees, member of the Investment Committee of the Baird Venture Fund and a Director of the Baird Foundation. He has built and led several investment banking industry teams and has extensive experience in originating and executing mergers, acquisitions and equity transactions across a wide range of industries. He is a member of the Investment Banking Management Committee and Chairman of the Equity Capital Markets Committee.

Prior to joining Baird in 1992, Peter was a Director of Investments for The Equitable and on the Executive Staff of Governor Tommy Thompson. Peter received his BBA and MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a member of the University of Wisconsin Foundation Board of Directors.

Ryan Engelhardt
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Ryan Engelhardt rengelhardt@rwbaird.com

Ryan Engelhardt is a Director in the Syndicate Department on Baird’s Equity Capital Markets Desk. Ryan has been with Baird since 2003 and has worked in his current function since 2005. Prior to joining the Syndicate team, Ryan worked in Baird’s Finance Department. Ryan holds a B.A. in Organizational Administration with Minors in Economics and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Lance R. Lange
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Lance Langellange@rwbaird.com

Lance is a senior member of Baird's ECM origination team, responsible for the Healthcare and Industrial sectors. He joined Baird from Lazard Frères & Co. where he was Head of Industrials for ECM and was responsible for capital markets origination and execution in the Americas for the following sectors: Aerospace & Defense, Capital Goods, Shipping & Logistics and Oil & Gas. Lance began his career at Merrill Lynch. He received a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from Marquette University Law School.

Gary R. Placek
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Gary Placekgplacek@rwbaird.com

Gary is head of Baird's Syndicate Department, and has worked at Baird in this capacity since 1990. Before joining Baird, he was the head of Corporate Finance for the Milwaukee Company. Gary holds a BBA with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.