Baird Appoints Thomas Fetzer as Head of DACH Investment Banking

Newly Created Role to Accelerate Firm’s Growth in the Region


LONDON, 3 September 2015 – Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, today announced that it has expanded its European Investment Banking group with the appointment of Thomas Fetzer as Managing Director and Head of DACH Investment Banking in Frankfurt. In the newly created role, Fetzer will help accelerate Baird’s growing market share in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, leveraging the firm’s global investment banking platform of deep industry expertise, product knowledge and financial sponsor coverage on behalf of its clients in the region.

Fetzer was most recently European Head of Industrials Investment Banking at Jefferies International in Frankfurt where he was responsible for the firm’s regional investment banking activities across a broad range of Industrial sectors. Prior to Jefferies, he spent four years as a Managing Director in the Global Industrials Group at UBS Investment Bank in London and six years as Principal at Greenhill & Co. where he was a founding member of the firm’s Frankfurt office. Fetzer earned a BA in European Business Administration from the European School of Business, Reutlingen (D) and London and an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston.

Fetzer’s appointment illustrates the ongoing growth and success of Baird’s advisory business in the DACH region and Europe more broadly. Most recently, Baird advised on the sale of SimonsVoss Technologies to Allegion, the acquisition of Weener Plastic Packaging by 3i and the sale of avocis to Capita. Fetzer is also the third senior addition to Baird’s European Investment Banking team since July. Baird recently announced that Julien Darmon had rejoined the firm as a Managing Director, focusing on the Industrial sector, and that it was expanding its global healthcare investment banking coverage with the appointment of Vincenzo Di Nicola.

“Thomas is a tremendous addition to our global investment banking team and we are very pleased that he’s decided to continue his career at Baird,” said David Silver, Head of European Investment Banking. “His extensive industry and M&A expertise complements and enhances Baird’s offering, and his successful track record advising clients in the DACH region makes him extremely well suited for this new leadership role.

“We think there is great opportunity for Baird to accelerate its growing market share in the DACH region, and with Thomas’ unique knowledge and skill set, we’re confident of our ability achieve that goal.”

Baird’s Global Investment Banking business had a record 2014:

  • Completed 222 global advisory and financing transactions, including 79 M&A deals and a record $6 billion in buy-side M&A
  • Achieved record global revenues – up nearly 25% from the previous year
  • Delivered an average European sell-side multiple of 10.4x

About Baird Global Investment Banking
Baird is a leading global investment bank focused on the middle market. Approximately 250 investment banking professionals in the U.S., Europe and Asia provide corporations, entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital firms with in-depth market knowledge and extensive experience in merger and acquisition, debt advisory and equity financing transactions. Since 2010, Baird has completed 354 advisory transactions representing more than $90 billion in transaction value and 523 financings raising $144 billion.

About Baird
Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than 3,100 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has $152 billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 5 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015 – its 12th consecutive year on the list. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s investment banking and private equity operations. Robert W. Baird Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at www.bairdeurope.com.

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