CHICAGO – March 25, 2021 Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, announced today that Erich Fritz has joined its Global Investment Banking business as a Director on the Global Technology & Services team to cover Industrial Software & IoT / Enterprise AI. Fritz, who will be based in Chicago, brings more than 10 years of experience and knowledge of industrial software, IoT & telematics, enterprise infrastructure software and selected vertical artificial intelligence applications. He will work closely with both Baird’s Global Industrial and Global Technology & Services teams.

Fritz joins Baird from Jefferies, where he led Enterprise AIoT & Industrial Software Investment Banking within its Technology Investment Banking practice. He also held investment banking roles at RBC Capital Markets, Canaccord Genuity and UBS. Fritz began his career as an electrical engineer within the Advanced Concepts & Technologies division of Northrop Grumman, an aerospace and defense technology company. He graduated from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business with an MBA in Finance and from Penn State University with a B.S. in Engineering.

“We are so pleased that Erich has decided to join the ranks at Baird,” said Peter Kies, Head of Equity Capital Markets and Head of Technology & Services Investment Banking. “Adding his talent to our already strong team further enhances our differentiated offerings to current and prospective clients. I’m excited for all that’s ahead for this group in 2021.”

Fritz added: “I’m thrilled to join Baird as the Technology & Services practice continues to expand and deepen its track record of success. I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to serve Baird’s clients.”

Baird’s Technology & Services team includes more than 100 investment bankers, who have completed more than 470 M&A and financing transactions since 2007. The team combines global capital markets capabilities with extensive industry knowledge to offer leading M&A advisory and capital-raising services. Deep sector-specific domain expertise enables the Technology & Services team to offer insightful, value-added advisory services to middle-market clients seeking to raise capital or consider strategic alternatives.

For more information on Baird’s Technology & Services platform, visit the firm’s microsite.

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