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August 01, 2015 7:16 PM ET

Capital Markets

Company Overview of William Blair & Company, L.L.C.

Company Overview

William Blair & Company, L.L.C. is an employee-owned financial services firm that offers investment banking, equity research, institutional and private brokerage, and asset management to individual, institutional, and issuing clients. The firm’s services include portfolio management, sales and trading, investment banking services, mutual funds, and venture capital financing. In addition, William Blair & Company, L.L.C. also makes private equity investments through its investment arm William Blair Capital Partners. William Blair & Company, L.L.C. was founded in 1935 and is based in Chicago, Illinois with additional offices in London, San Francisco, California; Tokyo, Japan; Vaduz, Liechtenste...

222 West Adams Street

Chicago, IL 60606

United States

Founded in 1935

Phone:

312-236-1600

Fax:

312-368-9418

Key Executives for William Blair & Company, L.L.C.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Member of Executive Committee
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 48
Director of Operations
Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Finance & Commitment Committee
Head of the Private Client Advisors and Member of Executive Committee
Age: 74
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

William Blair & Company, L.L.C. Key Developments

William Blair Names James O'Connor Jr. as Global Head of Venture Capital Coverage for Investment Banking Group

James O'Connor Jr. joined the company as a managing director and global head of venture capital coverage for William Blair & Company, L.L.C.'s its investment banking group. In the newly created position, O'Connor will focus on extending the company's advisory services among venture capital firms, corporate venture groups and entrepreneurial hubs in domestic and international markets. O'Connor joins William Blair from MVC Capital Inc., where he led originations of venture capital, private equity and debt recapitalizations. Also, William Blair said that its investment banking group established a Chicago coverage initiative, which is being led by Laura Van Peenan, managing director and a 17-year veteran of the firm.

eASIC Mulls IPO

eASIC Corporation announced that it has publicly filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not been determined. eASIC intends to apply to list its common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “EASI”. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. will act as joint book-running managers for the offering. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, William Blair & Company, L.L.C., Roth Capital Partners, LLC and Northland Securities, Inc. will act as co-managers.

William Blair & Co. Hires John Feery to Lead Muni Underwriting

William Blair & Co. has hired John Feery to head negotiated municipal underwriting, finalizing leadership team changes as the firm pursues a national expansion path. Feery recently joined the firm as a managing director. He left Stephens Inc. where he led municipal negotiated underwriting, to join Blair. He previously held a similar role at Raymond James and before that spent 25 years at UBS/PaineWebber until that firm exited the municipal business. Feery will report to Christopher Tota, head of sales and trading and Ajay Thomas, head of public finance banking.

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