Equity Capital Markets


Peter S. Kies
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Peter Kies Head of Equity Capital Markets

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 Managing 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.

Justin Holsen
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Justin Holsen jholsen@rwbaird.com

Justin Holsen is a Managing Director in Baird’s Equity Capital Markets group, responsible for origination and execution of equity transactions in the Industrial and Energy sectors. Prior to joining Equity Capital Markets, Justin was an Institutional Equity Salesman responsible for lead sales coverage for several of Baird’s Institutional clients located on the West Coast. Justin also held various leadership roles across all of Baird’s Institutional Equity & Research group, focused on driving revenue growth and market share gains with key trading partners.

Prior to joining the Institutional Equity & Research group in 2006, Justin spent 3 years in Baird’s Institutional Fixed Income Capital Markets group, most recently as a Fixed Income Salesman, covering accounts across the U.S. Justin earned an B.S in Finance from Marquette University, where he played Division I Tennis and was team captain his junior and senior years.

Macie House
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Macie House mhouse@rwbaird.com

Macie House joined Baird in 2017. She is a member of the Equity Capital Markets team and leads the firm’s equity origination efforts in the Technology & Services sector. Macie comes to Baird with 25 years of investment banking and corporate development experience. The bulk of her career was spent at Pacific Crest Securities where she was most recently a Principal and Director in the equity capital markets division of the firm’s investment banking business. In this role, she was directly responsible for originating and executing public and private offerings within Software (SaaS), Security, Internet and IoT, Industrial Technology, Consumer and Communication sectors. During her 20-plus years with Pacific Crest, she participated in underwriting over 100 public offerings, raising over $60B in proceeds. Macie is an active supporter and Board member of The Children’s Cancer Association. She is a graduate of Marylhurst University.

Katie Kasper
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Katie Kasperkkasper@rwbaird.com

Katie Kasper joined Baird in 2009 and is a Director in Baird’s Equity Capital Markets group. In this role, she is responsible for the origination and execution of equity transactions in the Consumer, Technology & Services, and Financial Services sectors. She earned an M.B.A. with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She also holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Marquette University, summa cum laude, with majors in Accounting, Finance, International Business and Spanish. She is a member of the Family Advisory Committee at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Lance R. Lange
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Lance Langellange@rwbaird.com

Lance Lange is a Managing Director in Baird’s Equity Capital Markets group and leads the firm’s effort to advise healthcare clients on all aspects of the capital raising process.  He is responsible for the origination and execution of all equity transactions, including bought, publicly marketed and confidentially marketed transactions.  Prior to his current role, he led the equity capital markets practice for the industrials sector.  He joined Baird from Lazard Frères & Co. where he was Head of Industrials for ECM and was responsible for capital markets origination, execution and advisory for U.S. listed companies.  Lance is a member of Baird’s Capital Commitments Committee; and, over the course of his career, has completed hundreds of financings and advisory assignments for clients in the healthcare, industrial and business services sectors.  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.

Sandy Walter
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Sandy Walter is a Director in Baird’s Equity Capital Markets Group, advising clients in the Real Estate, Distribution and Logistics sectors on all aspects of the capital raising process. He is responsible for the origination and execution of all equity transactions, including IPOs, publicly and confidentially marketed follow-ons, bought deals, preferred offerings and At-the-Market (ATM) programs. Since joining Baird in 2004, Sandy has served in various roles across Baird’s Global Investment Banking business, including the firm’s Global Technology & Services group, focused on M&A and equity offering activity, and the Real Estate Investment Banking group. Sandy graduated from Bates College, with a B.A. in Economics and received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a concentration in Finance and Investment Banking. Sandy is a member of the Board of Directors for Operation Dream for Greater Milwaukee.