Michael Ward

Managing Director, Leveraged Finance

About Mr. Ward

Michael Ward is a managing director for William Blair based in the firm’s Chicago office. He originally joined William Blair’s investment banking team in 1997. Before joining William Blair, he worked for First Chicago Corp.

Community Involvement

Trustee - Union League Boys and Girls Clubs

Awards and Affiliations


Notable Transactions

  • The J. M. Smucker Company - senior note offering
  • Hartmarx - financing for purchase
  • Datamark - financing for purchase
  • Molex - advisor on senior credit facility
  • John B. Sanfilippo - advisor on bank facility and mortgage


University of Chicago, M.B.A.
University of Illinois, B.S.

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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Leveraged Finance

William Blair's leveraged finance team has extensive experience arranging all types of leveraged loans for sponsor-backed, non-sponsored, and public clients. We provide trusted, objective advice on how best to structure debt issues, and we are skilled at negotiating key terms of debt agreements.

More about our leveraged finance 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.