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WasteExpo 2017: Innovation in a Shifting Regulatory Landscape

- Friday, June 23, 2017 - At the WasteExpo 2017 conference in New Orleans, executives and other industry leaders addressed the challenges facing waste and recycling companies and the solutions that will support the industry’s continued growth.

LendingTree, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of LendingTree, Inc. (TREE $175.20), a company engaging in the operation of online loan marketplace for consumers seeking loans and other credit-based offerings.

Economics Weekly: Macro Highlights from William Blair’s 37th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago

- Monday, June 19, 2017 - From a macro perspective, the conference always tends to throw up a few interesting titbits and anecdotal insights from the presentations we attend; we include some of this year’s highlights in this week’s Economics Weekly.

Weekly Market Update

- Monday, June 19, 2017 - The target fed funds rate increased by 25 basis points, to 1.25%, as expected. Momentum for the well-signaled increase was all but unstoppable barring any sudden and exigent data to the contrary. Of note was the single dissenting vote cast by Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, citing wage growth as anemic, particularly in that the current 4.4% U-3 unemployment rate (a level not seen since 2001) is now significantly below the Fed’s earlier 2012 target “NAIRU” of 5.6%.

Housing Starts

- Friday, June 16, 2017 - The 5.5% fall in May’s housing starts was significantly worse than the anticipated 4.1% increase. On an annual basis, the volatile starts are now just 2.4% lower than a year ago.

William Blair Advisor Louise Lane Named to Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors List

- Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - William Blair financial advisor Louise Lane was named to the 2017 Top 100 U.S. Women Financial Advisors list by Barron’s magazine this month.

William Blair & Company Hosts 37th Annual Growth Stock Conference

- Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - William Blair & Company, a global investment banking and asset management firm, today commenced its 37th Annual Growth Stock Conference, a three-day event featuring roughly 225 public companies and attracting almost 1,000 clients from around the globe.

Investment Banking Team Expansion Adding Christina Bresani as Head of Financial Services

- Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - William Blair is pleased to announce that Christina Bresani has joined the firm’s investment banking team as a managing director and head of financial services investment banking.

Weekly Market Update

- Monday, June 12, 2017 - A trio of events controlled the market this week. Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony inferred that President Trump did not obstruct justice, the European Central Bank (ECB) left interest rates unchanged, and the British election resulted in an unanticipated shift in power away from the Conservative Party. Risk-off trades followed generally propping up bonds, but some resistance persists because of absolute rates.

Broad Tech Ecosystem Convenes in San Francisco

- Monday, June 12, 2017 - The fifth annual event featured presentations by over 60 high-growth companies, with participation from hundreds of tech-focused strategic and financial investors, and a keynote address by education disrupter Sal Khan.

Economics Weekly: Do the Winners Keep on Winning?

- Friday, June 9, 2017 - Perhaps one of the most pervasive topics in economic literature over the last few years has been the sustained slowdown in productivity growth.

Aquiline Capital Partners has Acquired OSG Billing Services

- Thursday, June 8, 2017 - William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Aquiline Capital Partners, LLC in connection with its acquisition of OSG Billing Services. The transaction closed on May 30, 2017, and exemplifies William Blair’s continued market leadership in the financial technology and business services sectors.

Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc. (GDI $22.65), an industrial company that designs, manufactures, and markets flow control and compression equipment and associated aftermarket parts for use in general industrial, energy, and medical applications.

Weekly Market Update

- Monday, June 5, 2017 - May’s Employment Situation Report Missed Expectations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that total nonfarm payroll employment increased by only 138,000 in May, falling short of the expected gain of 184,000. In addition, the BLS revised down March’s employment gains from 79,000 to 50,000 and April’s substantial gains from 211,000 to 174,000.

Expanding Private Wealth Business Featured in Real Assets Adviser

- Friday, June 2, 2017 - William Blair’s Ryan DeVore and John Brennan discuss the growth of the firm’s private wealth management business in the June issue of Real Assets Advisers.
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