Financial Services

Mark MicklemMark C. Micklem
Managing Director
Head of Financial Services Group


Mark joined Baird Investment Banking in 2005 as head of its Financial Services group to provide both equity and debt financing and M&A advisory services to banks and thrifts, specialty finance organizations, including business development and insurance companies, along with other companies in the financial services sector.

Before joining Baird, Mark was with Legg Mason for more than 21 years, including the last 10 years serving as head of Legg Mason's Financial Services Investment Banking group. Mark graduated cum laude from Virginia Tech and received his MBA there.


Jim HemmerJames F. Hemmer
Managing Director


Jim joined Baird's Chicago Investment Banking office as Managing Director in 2012 and focuses on capital raising and M&A advisory services for clients in the Financial Services sector, with a particular focus on Midwestern banking institutions.

Prior to joining Baird, Jim spent 10 years in the Investment Banking group of Sandler O'Neill & Partners in the firm's Chicago office. Jim also previously worked as an investment banker in the Financial Services Groups at Lehman Brothers, McDonald & Company and The Chicago Corporation. He received his BA from Dartmouth College and MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.