Scott Paton

Managing Director, Financial Sponsors

About Mr. Paton

Scott Paton is a managing director for William Blair based in the firm’s Boston office. He originally joined William Blair’s investment banking team in 2020. Before joining William Blair, he worked for Suntrust, CIBC/Oppenheimer, CapVest, and Merrill Lynch.

Community Involvement

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Notable Transactions

  • Affliated Managers Group - buyside advisor on investment in Comvest Partners
  • LMG, a portfolio company of Lineage Capital - sale to Riverside Companies
  • European Wax Center - sale to General Atlantic
  • Intoxalock, a portfolio company of Clearlight Partners - sale to Welsh Carson
  • HPS, a portfolio company of Nautic Partners - sale to TransUnion
  • Contec Holdings, a portfolio company of Nautic Partners - sale to American Capital
  • Reach Air Medical, a portfolio company of New Heritage Capital - sale to Air Medical (Bain Capital)
  • Directed Electronics, a portfolio company of Trivest Partners - sale to Charlesbank
  • Fibertech, a portfolio company of Nautic Partners - sale to Court Square Capital
  • Decision Resources Group, a portfolio company of Providence Equity - sale to Piramal


Duke University, M.B.A.
Harvard College, A.B.

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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.