Mesirow Financial's Investment Banking Group Announces Investment Banking Veteran, Bill Gottschalk, as Senior Advisor

  Mesirow Financial's Investment Banking Group Announces Investment Banking
                 Veteran, Bill Gottschalk, as Senior Advisor

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Oct. 1, 2013

CHICAGO, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesirow Financial announced it has
appointed investment banking veteran, Bill Gottschalk, as Senior Advisor to
the firm's Investment Banking group. Based in Chicago, Gottschalk brings
considerable investment banking experience and will leverage his expertise and
established relationships to augment Mesirow Financial's presence as a leading
middle-market advisor.

During the course of his distinguished career in investment banking,
Gottschalk served as a general partner and then senior advisor at Lazard
Freres & Co. for 25 years. He also previously served as managing director of
Salomon Brothers in Chicago. At both Lazard and Salomon Brothers, Gottschalk
provided financial advisory services to publicly-traded and privately-held
international companies in industrials, healthcare, food and agriculture.

Gottschalk's experience includes advising the board of Mosaic Co. on the
split-off of Cargill Inc.'s $24 billion stake in Mosaic as well as
representing Abbott Laboratories in the acquisition of the Knoll
Pharmaceutical Co. unit of German chemical giant BASF for $6.9 billion, among
other complex and successful deals.

"We are very pleased that Bill Gottschalk has joined our team. He is a
highly-respected and accomplished advisor with a wide breadth of relationships
and knowledge across industries," said Jeff Golman, Vice Chairman of Mesirow
Financial's Investment Banking group. "He reinforces our commitment to
elevating the client experience by providing our clients with world class
strategic insights and advice."

Gottschalk stated, "Mesirow Financial's Investment Banking group is well known
for delivering innovative transaction solutions and strategic access to
clients at any stage of their business. I welcome the opportunity to work with
a team which has built an outstanding reputation, and to be a part of the
firm's continued growth and success."

Gottschalk graduated with honors from Yale College and The University of
Chicago Law School.

Mesirow Financial's Investment Banking professionals focus primarily on
middle-market transactions; clients include established large cap as well as
middle-market companies, both public and private.

About Mesirow Financial

Mesirow Financial is a diversified financial services firm headquartered in
Chicago. Founded in 1937, it is an independent, employee-owned firm with
approximately 1,200 employees globally. With expertise in Investment
Management, Global Markets, Insurance Services and Consulting, Mesirow
Financial strives to meet the financial needs of institutions, public sector
entities, corporations and individuals. For more information about Mesirow
Financial, visit mesirowfinancial.com.

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SOURCE Mesirow Financial

Website: http://www.mesirowfinancial.com