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Economics Weekly: Where's the Volatility?

- Friday, December 13, 2019 - In this week's Economics Weekly, we examine why volatility has been so low, and why, given some of the risks ahead next year (e.g., the U.S. elections), this might not change in 2020.

Isobionics Has Been Acquired by BASF

- Thursday, December 12, 2019 - William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Isobionics, in connection with its sale to BASF SE (XTRA:BAS).

Karuna Therapeutics, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Thursday, December 12, 2019 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Karuna Therapeutics, Inc. (KRTX $66.54), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing KarXT, a muscarinic agonist/antagonist combination, for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders with unmet clinical need.

Verticalization of Financial Technology Accelerates in 2019

- Monday, December 9, 2019 - In addition to the ongoing verticalization of FinTech, companies providing solutions related to software-led payments, BankTech, and RegTech are attracting high levels of interest from investors and strategic acquirers.

U.S. Economic Outlook for 2020: Slack Tide

- Friday, December 6, 2019 - In this week's Economics Weekly we present our outlook for 2020, outlining the probability of a recession; the likely paths of consumer and business spending, inflation, and Fed policy; and highlighting three downside risks and two notable upside rewards.

PrismHR Has Received a Majority Investment from Stone Point Capital

- Thursday, December 5, 2019 - William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to PrismHR, a portfolio company of Summit Partners, in connection with its pending majority investment by Stone Point Capital LLC.

Increasing Demand for Aviation Drives Continued Growth of MRO Industry

- Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - Positive market dynamics in the commercial, cargo, and defense aerospace markets are creating new opportunities for independent maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) companies.

FAST Has Agreed to be Acquired by Verisk

- Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - William Blair acted as exclusive financial advisor to Flexible Architecture and Simplified Technology (FAST), a portfolio company of NexPhase Capital (NexPhase), in connection with its pending sale to Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSK) (Verisk).

BeyondSpring Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of BeyondSpring Inc. (BYSI $12.45), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics for cancer patients.

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (LSCC $18.89), a provider of low-power, small-form-factor FPGAs to the communications and computing, industrial and automotive, and consumer end-markets.

William Blair Warms Up UK with Annual Coat Drive

- Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - William Blair employees kicked off the 2019 holiday season this month by collecting thousands of coats to help those in need across London.

Glacial Shifts in P&C Industry Value

- Monday, November 25, 2019 - Property and casualty insurance analyst Adam Klauber believes legacy insurers should increasingly lose relevance and value over the next decade as structural impediments limit their ability to pivot toward evolving industry dynamics.

Service Express Has Been Acquired by Harvest Partners

- Monday, November 25, 2019 - William Blair acted as a financial advisor to Service Express Inc., a portfolio company of Pamlico Capital, in connection with its acquisition by Harvest Partners.

Trends in Cybersecurity Featured at William Blair Client Event in Baltimore

- Friday, November 22, 2019 - William Blair’s Private Wealth Management team in Baltimore hosted a client event on November 14 that featured a talk on cybersecurity and related technologies.

Economics Weekly: Keeping Stock—Do the Recent PMI Improvements Herald a Major Reflation?

- Friday, November 22, 2019 - In this week’s Economics Weekly, we take a look at recent industrial activity, in particular inventories, and what they are telling us about current and expected future economic activity into early 2020.
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