New York, March 27, 2024 – Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, announced today that Sam Scanlan has joined the firm’s Global Investment Banking business as a Director in its Global Consumer Group. Scanlan, who will be based out of Baird’s New York office, will primarily work with Baird’s leading Multi-Unit, Restaurants & Franchising team to further build out the practice. The team will draw on Scanlan’s extensive sellside experience and relationships to further strengthen Baird’s Global Consumer effort.

Scanlan joins Baird from Houlihan Lokey where he was a Senior Vice President in their Consumer Food & Retail Group, focusing on M&A, equity offerings and other financial advisory services. He began his corporate finance career as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in the Business Analytics practice providing consulting services for clients across the Navy and Marine Corps markets. Scanlan received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in economics with honors from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an MBA from The Stern School of Business at New York University.

We are pleased to welcome Sam to our Global Consumer Practice. He brings considerable knowledge of the industry and significant transaction experience to our platform which makes him a valuable addition to our team as we continue to grow to meet client demand.

Maria Watts, Co-Head of the Global Consumer Investment Banking Group at Baird

Baird has built a preeminent, global, middle-market investment bank, and I am excited to help expand their already strong consumer practice reputation by broadening its capabilities and deepening client relationships.

Sam Scanlan

Over the last decade, Baird Global Consumer Investment Banking has partnered with some of the world’s most admired companies and brands – guiding them through challenging market cycles, amplifying their stories and helping them achieve their next chapter of growth. Baird Global Consumer is the #1 most active consumer-sector financial advisor in the US based on the number of M&A and IPO transactions from 2013-2022.

About Baird Global Investment Banking

Baird is a leading global investment bank with more than 500 banking associates, offering corporations, entrepreneurs, private equity and other financial sponsors a broad range of advisory and financing solutions. Since 2019, Baird has completed nearly 740 advisory transactions, representing $337 billion in transaction value, and 382 financings, raising nearly $180 billion.

About Baird

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