Dan Connolly

Daniel Connolly

Managing Director, Co-Head of M&A

About Mr. Connolly

Dan Connolly is a managing director and co-head of global M&A for William Blair based in the firm’s Chicago office. He joined William Blair’s investment banking team in 1999 where he has previously served as head of technology M&A and head of software banking. Prior to William Blair, he worked for Merrill Lynch & Co. and Kidder, Peabody.

Community Involvement

Chicago Jesuit Academy Board of Directors
Chicago Archdiocese Assembly of Catholic Professionals
University of Notre Dame Wall Street Leadership Committee

Awards & Affiliations

Mergers & Acquisitions - 2019 Deal of the Year for the Middle Market – Fortive’s acquisition of Gordian
The Deal - 2019 Deal of the Year – Trimble's acquisition of e-Builder
M&A Advisor - 2012 40 Under 40 M&A Advisor Award
M&A Atlas - 2011 Technology & Telecom Deal of the Year – Rovi Corporation Acquisition of Sonic Solutions

Notable Transactions

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has received a joint investment from

William Blair acted as exclusive financial advisor to Granicus, Inc. (Granicus), a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners, in connection with its pending investment from Harvest Partners and Vista’s Foundation Fund IV.

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has been recapitalized by

William Blair acted as exclusive financial advisor to 365 Retail Markets, a portfolio company of McCarthy Capital, in connection with its recapitalization by Providence Equity Partners.

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has been acquired by

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has been acquired by

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has announced a growth equity partnership with

William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Syndigo, a portfolio company of The Jordan Company (TJC), in connection with its investment from Summit Partners.

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has acquired

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has been acquired by

William Blair acted as the lead financial advisor to Zywave, a portfolio company of Aurora Capital Partners, in connection with its pending sale to Clearlake Capital.

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has received a majority & minority investment from

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Publicly traded and privately held companies around the globe count on our M&A Advisory Group for comprehensive financial advisory services and expert guidance. We serve buyers and sellers by providing in-depth financial and strategic analysis, identifying optimal potential transaction partners, developing creative deal structures, and negotiating complex transaction terms.

Our long record, leadership position in the middle market, and high level of transaction activity enable us to clear the market globally in search of the best transaction partners. Our bankers are true experts in your industry and understand the competitive landscape and deal environment facing our clients.

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86 Years

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As of September 30, 2021
*Includes strategic partnerships with Allier Capital, BDA Partners, and Poalim Capital Markets.

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