Financial Sponsors

 

C. Christopher Coetzee
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Head of Financial Sponsor Group
Chris Coetzee ccoetzee@rwbaird.com

Chris is head of Baird's Financial Sponsor Group, Co-head of the Chicago office and a member of the firm's Investment Banking Management Committee and M&A Fairness Opinion Committee. He has over 20 years of Investment Banking experience. Since joining Baird in 1994, Chris has provided financing and advisory services to companies in the Business Services, Telecommunications, Consumer and Industrial sectors.

He was previously a Vice President with the Kidder, Peabody & Co. Midwest investment banking group. Chris received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a Bachelor of Honors in Financial Management and Commerce from the University of Cape Town.

He is also a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant, and has six years of experience in public accounting with Grant Thornton in the United States and Ernst & Whinney in South Africa

Leslie Cheek IV
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Les Cheek lcheek@rwbaird.com

Leslie joined Baird in 2005 as a Managing Director to open Baird's Boston office and to serve as a senior member of Baird's Financial Sponsor Group. Before joining Baird, Les spent almost six years at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, most recently as a Managing Director in its business and technology services group. Before his time at SunTrust, Les worked as an Investment Banker at Tucker Anthony (now part of RBC Securities) in Boston for seven years. He received a BA from Harvard College.

Thomas W. Lacy
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Tom Lacytlacy@rwbaird.com

Tom is a Managing Director in Baird’s Financial Sponsor Coverage group. Since joining Baird in 1997, Tom has participated in a wide variety of advisory assignments representing both buyers and sellers of private and public companies. In addition, Tom has executed numerous debt and equity financings across a range of industries.

Prior to joining Baird, Tom received an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Administration, was a financial analyst with Goldman Sachs & Co. and graduated with honors from Boston College.

John Moriarty
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John Moriartyjmoriarty@rwbaird.com

John joined Baird in 2007 as a Managing Director and Head of Baird's Palo Alto Investment Banking office. Prior to joining Baird, he spent 13 years in the investment banking group at AG Edwards (now Wachovia Securities) and established AG Edwards' West Coast Technology Investment Banking practice. During his tenure at AG Edwards, John led his clients in a variety of transactions including public and private equity financings, convertible securities offerings, buy- and sell-side merger and acquisition assignments and other financial advisory activities. From 1989 to 1992, he worked for KPMG Peat Marwick where he was a senior-level auditor responsible for public and private company financial audits.

John received a BS degree in Accounting, cum laude, from Georgetown University, and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a graduate from the Securities Industry Institute at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jeffrey M. Seaman
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Jeffrey Seamanjseaman@rwbaird.com

Jeff is a Managing Director in Baird's Financial Sponsor Group with responsibility for managing the firm's relationships with a number of leading private equity firms. In addition, Jeff is Co-Head of Baird's Investment Banking recruiting efforts focused on undergraduate, MBA and lateral hires. Prior to joining Baird in 2008, he served as Senior Managing Director in the Financial Sponsor Group at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Jeff also spent 15 years with Lehman Brothers Inc., serving in a variety of investment banking positions, most recently as Managing Director in the Global Financial Sponsor Group. He holds an MBA in Finance from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BBA in Finance and a BA in Political Science from Southern Methodist University. Jeff is an active member of the Chicago community, serving on the Board of Directors of SGA Youth & Family Services.

David M. Silver
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Head of European Investment Banking
Head of European Mergers & Acquisitions
David Silver dsilver@rwbaird.com

David is the Head of Baird’s European Investment Banking team. and a founding member of Baird’s M&A effort in Europe. He has extensive experience advising private equity clients, corporations and entrepreneurs in the United States and Europe within the industrial and business services sectors. Before joining Baird in 1998, David practiced as a corporate and banking lawyer at Berwin Leighton. He earned an MBA with distinction from London Business School and a law degree from Leeds University.

David M. Wierman
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David Wiermandwierman@rwbaird.com

David is a Managing Director in Baird's Financial Sponsors Group. Since joining Baird in 1995, David has participated in a wide variety of advisory assignments representing both buyers and sellers of public and private companies. In addition, David has executed numerous public and private debt and equity financings.

Before joining Baird, he spent five years at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers), primarily focused on Corporate Finance and mergers and acquisitions advisory assignments. David received a BS magna cum laude in Accounting from Valparaiso University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.