Brent Smith

Managing Director, Consumer & Retail

About Mr. Smith

Brent Smith is a managing director for William Blair based in the firm’s Chicago office. He originally joined William Blair's investment banking team in 2000. Before joining William Blair, he worked for Lehman Brothers and Heitman Financial Limited.

Community Involvement

JUF Financial Division
Cradles to Crayons, Family Advisory Council
Food Allergy Initiative Chicago

Awards and Affiliations

Buyouts: Deal of the Year, 2016: Gold Standard Baking (Arbor Investments)
Investment Dealers' Digest: 2001 Overall and M&A Breakthrough Deal of the Year (Smuckers Acquisition of JIF and Crisco Brands from Procter and Gamble)


University of Chicago, M.B.A.
University of Michigan, B.B.A.

Notable Transactions

Rigorous pursuit of your success. Every transaction. Every time.

Our investment bankers are 100 percent committed to your organization’s sustained success. By drawing on our deep industry and product experience as well as our dedicated global resources, we provide advisory and financing services that allow you to capitalize on today’s opportunities and anticipate tomorrow’s challenges.

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Consumer & Retail

Consumer and retail investment banking at William Blair draws on the firm’s deep expertise and relationships throughout the sector to deliver objective advice and execution excellence. We have built a leading franchise helping consumer and retail companies maximize the value of their businesses. Our clients turn to us for outstanding execution for their M&A advisory and capital-raising objectives.

The strength of our relationships with strategic and financial buyers in the consumer and retail sector and our global reach have allowed us to deliver outstanding results for our clients.

More about our consumer and retail investment banking expertise

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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.*

*Includes strategic partnerships with Allier Capital, BDA Partners, and Poalim Capital Markets.