Madrid / Chicago, 11 January 2023 - Arcano Partners, an independent financial advisory and asset management firm based in Spain, and Baird, an employee-owned international wealth management, asset management, investment banking/capital markets, and private equity firm, have formed an international alliance focused on advising on global M&A deals. The alliance will enhance each bank’s respective M&A offerings by leveraging the firms’ combined geographic presence, client relationships and industry expertise.

Deep industry expertise and advisory acumen are core differentiators of both Arcano and Baird’s investment banking platforms. Through the alliance, Arcano Partners' investment banking clients will gain access to Baird’s global team of more than 400 investment bankers in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including industry bankers with corporate relationships covering several dozen verticals, as well as an established Global Financial Sponsors team with a strong track record with the private equity community. Additionally, through the alliance Baird’s investment banking clients will gain access to Arcano’s local presence in Spain and Portugal, on-the-ground execution capabilities and knowledge of potential buyers and sellers in Iberia.

Arcano Partners’ investment banking unit has been the top M&A advisor in Spain, based on number of deals, in 2021 and 2022.  Arcano advised on 28 deals in 2022, including the sale of IVI-RMA to KKR, the chain of bakeries Turris to Realza Capital, Zummo to Groupe Seb, Vetsum to Anicura, and Dorsia to Peninsula. In the area of acquisitions, Arcano supported the pan-European fund Ergon in the acquisition of 360º Padel Group, the French fund Capza in its investment in La Finca, Ayesa in the acquisitions of Ibermática and M2C, and Charme and Miura in the purchase of Indiba, among others.

Borja Oria, Partner and CEO of Arcano Investment Banking stated: "The agreement is another step forward in our growth strategy, providing our clients with access to international markets through Baird, with whom we share the same values and a model of partnership, independence and excellence. We are convinced that, with Baird, we will continue to expand our leadership position in the market."

Coming off a historic 2021, Baird’s Global Investment Banking business achieved its second-best revenue year in 2022. Over 2021 and 2022, the business executed 560 transactions, worth a combined $230 billion. The business continues making significant investments in its platform, including adding and enhancing vertical coverage in key sectors, bolstering its presence in Europe, expanding its Capital Advisory and Restructuring Advisory teams, and recently announcing a new Global GP Solutions offering for its extensive financial sponsor client community across the globe.

Brian McDonagh, Co-Head of Global Investment Banking at Baird said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Arcano. Our firms’ core values are closely aligned as employee-owned organizations focused on putting clients first. This strategic alliance broadens Baird’s global footprint and enhances our overall M&A franchise by strengthening our ability to serve clients in Spain and Portugal and is another example of how Baird continues to invest in its global investment banking platform.”

About Arcano

Arcano Partners, founded in 2003, is an independent global firm with more than 19 years of experience in international financial advisory and asset management. Arcano currently has four business areas:

  • Alternative asset management, with more than €8.6 billion under management and advisory since the beginning of its activity in 2006, and with five asset classes: Private Equity, Credit Strategies, Real Estate, Sustainable Infrastructure and Venture Capital; Arcano has a strong focus on sustainability and responsible investment, being one of the benchmark asset managers in ESG
  • Investment Banking provides advisory services in M&A, refinancing, restructuring and capital markets deals to companies in various industries; Arcano has specialized teams by industry, and additionally offers a transversal technological/digital approach.
  • Arcano Economic Research, this area provides a differential economic, real estate and market analysis, both locally and globally, which is highly useful for optimizing company decisions, especially in environments of extreme uncertainty where the impact of making mistakes is profound and investment in quality analysis can mitigate risk.
  • Arcano Asset & Capital Finance, area that allows investors to participate in the creation of solutions for the financing of real or intangible assets in Spain, under a stable regulatory framework and under a very solid investment structure in terms of risk protection.

Arcano has a team of more than 200 professionals of more than 16 nationalities, with 7 offices in Europe and the United States, and has become one of the independent firms of reference in the European alternative financial market.

About Baird Global Investment Banking

Baird is a leading global investment bank serving the M&A, equity capital markets, capital advisory and restructuring needs of its clients throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Since 2017, Baird has completed more than 700 advisory deals, representing nearly $255 billion in deal value, and nearly 500 financings, raising $195 billion.

About Baird

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 4,800 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional, and municipal clients and more than $360 billion in client assets as of June 30, 2022. Committed to being a great workplace, Baird ranked No. 27 on the 2022 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list – its 19th 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 and Baird Trust Company 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

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Chris Sullivan