Laura Van Peenan

Managing Director, Financial Sponsors Group

About Ms. Van Peenan

Laura Van Peenan is a managing director for William Blair based in the firm’s Chicago office. She originally joined William Blair's investment banking team in 1995. Before joining William Blair, she worked for Goldman Sachs & Co.

Board Membership

Chicago Public Media
University of Chicago Charter School
EarthHeart Foundation
University of Chicago Women’s Board
HFS Chicago Scholars

Notable Transactions

  • Rosetta Stone - initial public offering, joint book runner
  • Employease - sale to ADP
  • Standard Parking - follow-on offering, joint book runner
  • Acquity Group - recap with 2020 Global Investments
  • SilkRoad Technology - private placement with Foundation Capital, Azure Capital and other investors


Northwestern University, M.B.A.
Duke University, A.B.

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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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.

More about our financial sponsors 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.