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, Business 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.


J. Michael Horwitz, Jr.
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Michael is a Managing Director in Baird’s Energy Technology Investment Banking team. He joined Investment Banking in early 2012 after several years in Baird's Equity Research Department as a senior research analyst covering a wide range of clean technology and biofuels stocks. Prior to joining Baird, Michael was managing director and head of clean technology research at Stanford Group Company and a senior research analyst in clean technology at Pacific Growth Equities LLC. Michael also worked on the buyside at North Point Partners, Jackson Square Partners and Hilspen Capital Management. He started his Wall Street career at Alex. Brown & Sons in 1996.

Michael received a BS in Financial Economics and a BA in Philosophy at Southern Methodist University.


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.