Sean Gardner

Sean Gardner

Managing Director, Financial Sponsors Group

About Mr. Gardner

Sean Gardner is a partner and managing director for William Blair based in the firm’s New York office. He originally joined William Blair's investment banking team in 2015. Before joining William Blair, he worked for Credit Suisse, American Securities Capital, and Merrill Lynch.

Board Membership

Finance Committee, Convent Ave. Baptist Church

Notable Transactions

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has acquired

William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to KKR in connection with its pending acquisition of Bettcher Industries, a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting tools, processing systems, and aftermarket solutions for meat processing markets.

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has been acquired by


Initial Public Offering


Initial Public Offering


a portfolio company of WCAS

has merged with

a portfolio company of Hg

William Blair acted as exclusive financial advisor to MMIT, a portfolio company of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), in connection with its pending merger with Evaluate, a portfolio company of Hg Capital.

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Follow-on Offering

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has been acquired by

William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to RoadSafe Traffic Systems in connection with its sale to Investcorp and Trilantic North America from ORIX Capital Partners.

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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.

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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.*

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Employees worldwide

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+136 billion

Client assets

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86 Years

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Offices worldwide

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Companies Under Coverage

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

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