Firm Expands Coverage in DACH Region

FRANKFURT, 3 April 2018 –Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, today announced that Ralph von Selzam has joined the firm’s European Investment Banking group as a Managing Director. Von Selzam will work with senior bankers across Baird’s global platform to leverage the firm's sector expertise, across a range of industry verticals, and deepen and broaden relationships with corporate, private equity and family office clients in the DACH region. He will be based in Baird’s Frankfurt office.

Von Selzam joins Baird from Goldman Sachs where he served as Executive Director in their Global Industrials Team and Global M&A Group. While Von Selzam held a variety of roles at Goldman Sachs in his nearly 15 years with the firm, he most recently was responsible for the coverage of building materials and construction companies, as well as executing Industrial M&A transactions across EMEA. Von Selzam earned a Master of Arts in Economics and Social Sciences from Université de Fribourg in Switzerland.

"Ralph has strong advisory and transaction experience and long standing client relationships that will make him a tremendous addition to our team in Germany, our growing franchise in Europe and overall global platform," said Thomas Fetzer, Head of DACH Investment Banking. "We are thrilled to have Ralph join our team."

"We are very pleased that Ralph decided to continue his career at Baird. He will make a great addition as we continue on our momentum and growth in the DACH region and other areas of the continent," said David Silver, Head of Baird’s European Investment Banking team.

The European Investment Banking franchise had another very strong year in 2017, and Von Selzam’s appointment illustrates the ongoing growth and success of Baird’s Global Investment Banking business in the DACH region and Europe more broadly. Additionally, Baird"s Global Investment Banking business posted its 5th consecutive record year in 2017:

  • Achieving a record level of advisory deals, announcing in excess of 100 globally, with overall M&A volume up 36% over 2016 levels;
  • Increasing the number of equity financing deals by 28%;
  • Enhanced and deepened our global team, adding several senior bankers in areas such as Biotechnology, Software, Aerospace & Defense and Debt Advisory;
  • Increased cross-border M&A activity by 22%; and
  • Built up a record pipeline of engagements entering 2018.

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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 approximately 3,500 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has more than $200 billion in client assets as of Dec. 31, 2017. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 12 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018 – its 15th consecutive year on the list. Baird is the marketing name of Baird Financial Group. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated 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 and Baird Capital Partners Europe Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at