Baird Adds Gavin Kolt as Head of Equity Capital Advisory in New York
NEW YORK CITY, June 17, 2021 – Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, today announced that Gavin Kolt has joined the firm’s Global Investment Banking team as a Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Advisory. Based in New York, Kolt will partner with Anne-Marie Peterson, Head of Debt Capital Advisory, to form a new Capital Advisory Group that delivers a full suite of equity and debt capital solutions to clients. The newly formed Capital Advisory Group will work closely with Baird’s industry and M&A bankers, assisting corporate and sponsor clients with analyzing and optimizing their capital structures, as well as structuring and raising debt and equity to fund growth, acquisitions, provide liquidity to shareholders, and recapitalize balance sheets.
With significant experience advising and raising capital for public and private companies and their stakeholders, Kolt expands and complements Baird’s existing Debt Advisory and Equity Capital Markets capabilities. He has over 20 years of experience and comes to Baird from Moelis & Company, where he was a Managing Director. At Moelis, Kolt led numerous privately negotiated transactions, including structured equity and equity-linked for growth and acquisition financings, debt and equity recapitalizations, PIPEs, JVs, platform capital raises, SPACs, and single-asset and fund recapitalizations, across all sectors. Prior to Moelis, he was a Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in their Private Capital Advisory Group and started his investment banking career at Sheshunoff & Co.
“We are thrilled that Gavin has decided to join Baird and help us continue to expand our capital advisory expertise and capabilities,” said Brian Doyal, Co-Head of Baird’s Global Investment Banking business. “His deep knowledge and transaction experience with equity and equity-linked transactions will be a great compliment to our already strong debt advisory capabilities.”
“Baird has been rapidly growing its capital advisory capabilities and activity,” said Brian McDonagh, Co-Head of Baird’s Global Investment Banking business. “With the addition of Gavin and the formation of our Capital Advisory team, we are able to seamlessly provide capital solutions across the entire public and private debt and equity continuum to help our clients address their capital structure needs.”
In 2020, Baird’s Global Investment Banking group achieved its second-best-ever year of revenues while managing challenging headwinds in the M&A markets. Baird executed several highly targeted, highly tailored transactions for clients that sought to capitalize on opportunities that emerged in the unique environment. In total, Baird completed 189 advisory and financing deals, including increases in buy-side M&A and equity financing transactions, and logged a record backlog of client engagements heading into 2021.
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Baird is a leading global investment bank focused on the middle market with approximately 400 banking professionals in the U.S., Europe and Asia. We 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 2016, Baird has completed more than 580 advisory transactions, representing nearly $175 billion in transaction value, and 370 financings, raising $132 billion. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 32 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2021 – its 18th consecutive year on the list.
Putting clients first since 1919, Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, asset management, investment banking/capital markets, and private equity firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Baird has approximately 4,600 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients and more than $355 billion in client assets as of December 31, 2020. Committed to being a great workplace, Baird ranked No. 32 on the 2021 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® 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. For more information, please visit Baird’s website at www.rwbaird.com.
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