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Paymetric, Inc. Has Agreed to Be Acquired by Vantiv

- Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - William Blair acted as exclusive financial advisor to Paymetric, Inc., a Francisco Partners portfolio company, in connection with its pending sale to Vantiv, Inc. The transaction was signed on April 20, 2017, and exemplifies William Blair’s continued market leadership in the financial technology sector.

Weekly Market Update

- Monday, April 24, 2017 - Risk-off trades continue with a focus on European elections. Investors turned their attention to Sunday’s French presidential election and the surprise early call for a new British general election, while geopolitical events such as the Syrian war, development of the North Korea missile program, and increasingly contentious Russian relations are not far from the forefront.

150 N. Riverside Celebration with Chicago Mayor Emanuel

- Friday, April 21, 2017 - Mayor Rahm Emanuel celebrates opening of 150 North Riverside, new home of William Blair’s global headquarters.

Housing Starts

- Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - The 6.8% fall in March’s housing starts was much greater than the anticipated 3.0% decrease. Meanwhile, building permits rose by 3.6%, to 1,260,000, which is 17.0% higher than 12 months earlier.

Industrial Production

- Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - March’s production was 0.5% higher, following an increase of 0.1% in February. At 76.1% in March, capacity utilization continues to be quite low following.

Alteryx, Inc.:Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Alteryx, Inc. (AYX $17.00). Alteryx provides modern analytics software that enables organizations to easily access, blend, and analyze data.

Weekly Market Update

- Monday, April 17, 2017 - The Easter-holiday-shortened week was dominated by geopolitical events affecting fixed-income and equity markets. The United States continued deploying its arsenal in the Middle East Thursday when the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan in an attack on the Islamic State’s position.

Callidus Software Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Callidus Software Inc. (CALD $19.60), a leading vendor of cloud-based sales, marketing, learning, and customer experience solutions.

MuleSoft, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of MuleSoft, Inc. (MULE $23.30), a leading provider of application integration and API management software.

Weekly Market Update

- Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - The U.S. response to Syria shifted economic data to the backburner. Geopolitical concerns dominated headlines this week and, curiously, equity markets remained generally calm. In the lead up to his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, President Trump commented that if necessary, the U.S. will act unilaterally on North Korea.

Private Wealth Management Expands in New York

- Monday, April 10, 2017 - William Blair, a global investment banking and asset management firm, today announced the addition of three financial advisors into its New York office on 5th Avenue.

Employment Situation

- Friday, April 7, 2017 - The pace of payroll growth in March was well below the six-month average of 163,000 and very likely distorted by the unseasonally cold weather and storms in the Northeast in early March.

Economics Weekly: Auto Sales—Running Out of Gas?

- Friday, April 7, 2017 - In this week’s Economics Weekly, we examine the recent behavior of auto sales and whether or not this weakness is indicative of an underlying weakness in the consumer’s situation or a harbinger of a more general consumer spending slowdown.

The Case for Global Multi-Assets

- Friday, April 7, 2017 - Brian Singer, head of William Blair’s Dynamic Allocation Strategies team, discusses the case for global multi-assets in today’s environment, why the team’s approach to global multi-asset investing is unique, and the role of such a strategy in a portfolio.

Akari Therapeutics, PLC: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Thursday, April 6, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Akari Therapeutics, PLC (AKTX $11.62). Akari Therapeutics is a development-stage biotechnology company focused on development of next-generation complement inhibitors for the treatment of rare hematologic diseases.
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