William Blair announced the expansion of the firm’s Private Capital Advisory investment banking practice into the primary fund placement market with the addition of three senior hires. Jeff Hypes joined as managing director in Chicago, and Nick Ohler and Andrew Viehe joined as directors in New York.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Jeff, Nick, and Andrew to William Blair and to the Private Capital Advisory team,” said Mike Custar, head of Private Capital Advisory at William Blair. “Their addition enhances the capital formation solutions we can provide financial sponsors, and further augments our firm’s holistic approach to advising our clients.”

The news was picked up by key industry publications, including Private Equity International