Charles Watson

Charles Watson

Managing Director, Financial Sponsors Group

About Mr. Watson

Charles Watson is a managing director for William Blair based in the firm’s Charlotte office. He joined William Blair's investment banking team in 2010. Prior to William Blair, he worked for Wachovia Securities, KPMG LLP, and Arthur Andersen LLP.

Board Membership

Terry College of Business (University of Georgia)

Community Involvement

Charlotte Leadership Forum

Notable Transactions

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a portfolio company of Summit Park

has been acquired by

William Blair acted as financial advisor to Fast Growing Trees, a portfolio company of Summit Park Partners, LP, in connection with its sale to Berkshire Partners.

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$380,000,000

Follow-on Offering

$275,000,000

a portfolio company of LLR Partners

has been acquired by

William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to benefitexpress, a portfolio company of LLR Partners, in connection with its pending acquisition by WEX.

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has been acquired by

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has been acquired by

a portfolio company of GTCR

William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to The Advantage Software Company, LLC, a portfolio company of Carousel Capital, in connection with its acquisition by Simpli.fi Holdings, Inc, a portfolio company of GTCR.

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Not Disclosed

has merged with

a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus

William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to PowerDMS, a portfolio company of Frontier Growth, in connection with its pending merger with NEOGOV, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus.

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Not Disclosed

has been acquired by

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has been acquired by

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Financial Sponsors

William Blair's Financial Sponsors Group is focused on developing and institutionalizing relationships with leading private equity firms around the world. Many of these relationships have been developed for over two decades providing us with senior-level access and credibility with the key decision-makers at each private equity firm. With over 295 successful sales to financial sponsors since 2015, we have proprietary insights into each financial sponsor's unique investment criteria, approach, and behavior. Our team's highly-relevant experience with and relevance to the private equity community uniquely positions William Blair to deliver exceptional results for our M&A sell-side clients.

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About William Blair

William Blair is a premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We provide advisory services, strategies, and solutions to meet our clients’ evolving needs. As an independent and employee-owned firm, together with our strategic partners, we operate in more than 20 offices worldwide.*

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1935

Year William Blair was founded

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+1,850

Employees worldwide

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+131 billion

Client assets

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87 Years

Independent and employee-owned

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20+

Offices worldwide

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+700

Companies under coverage

As of March 31, 2022
*Includes strategic partnerships with Allier Capital, BDA Partners, and Poalim Capital Markets.

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