Charlotte, May 1, 2023 – Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, announced today that Scott J.R. Smith has joined the firm’s Global Investment Banking business as Managing Director in its Global Financial Sponsors Group. Based in Charlotte, Smith will complement and expand Baird’s existing support for financial sponsors.

With over 25 years of investment banking experience, Smith joins Baird from Goldman Sachs where he was a Managing Director in the firm’s Cross Markets and Financial and Strategic Investors Group, focusing specifically on middle market private equity coverage. He began his career as an M&A banker at Bowles, Hollowell, Conner & Co. in Charlotte, NC where he executed sellside M&A processes across numerous industry sectors and was promoted from Associate to Managing Director. Smith transitioned to financial sponsor coverage when he opened the Charlotte office for Lazard in 2008. He received an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.

“We are thrilled to welcome Scott to our global financial sponsor practice,” said Les Cheek, Head of Baird’s Global Financial Sponsors Group. “The financial sponsor community is growing in scale and complexity. With his many years of investment banking experience – most of them focused on supporting middle market private equity – Scott will be a great addition to our tenured team, allowing Baird to continue providing a differentiated level of service to funds.”  

“I am very excited to be joining Baird’s Global Financial Sponsors Group,” said Smith. “I look forward to further enhancing the advice we provide to private equity firms and continuing to grow our global reach as we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients.”

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