William Blair & Company Strengthens Leveraged Finance Capabilities with Expanded High-Yield Financing Team

Friday, January 24, 2014

William Blair & Company, a global investment banking and asset management firm, announced today the expansion of its high-yield financing capabilities. As part of its ongoing commitment to providing leveraged financing options for clients, William Blair has recently expanded its high-yield sales and trading team.

“Today, many of our clients look to William Blair not only for strategic advice, but also to arrange debt financing,” said Brent Gledhill, William Blair’s global head of investment banking. “We have responded to our clients’ need for expanded leveraged financing solutions by enhancing our high-yield capabilities.”

Gledhill said that over the last 24 months, William Blair has arranged more than $4.7 billion of debt capital to fund acquisitions, recapitalizations, and refinancings for the firm’s clients through the placement of senior, junior, and unitranche loans.

Tom Lanctot, the head of William Blair’s debt capital markets, said: “By maintaining deep relationships with the full range of high-yield investors, we are able to provide our investment banking clients with the best possible market feedback, insights, and execution for their high-yield transactions.” William Blair’s high-yield team now includes 10 sales and trading professionals, complementing the firm’s 45-person debt capital markets team.

About William Blair Investment Banking

William Blair’s investment banking group combines significant transaction experience, rich industry knowledge, and deep relationships to deliver successful advisory and financing solutions to our global base of corporate clients. We serve both publicly traded and privately held companies, executing mergers and acquisitions, growth financing, financial restructuring, and general advisory projects. This comprehensive suite of services allows us to be a long-term partner to our clients as they grow and evolve. From 2010 to 2013, the investment banking group completed 250 merger-and-acquisition transactions worth more than $52 billion in value, involving parties in 27 countries and four continents, was an underwriter on more than 20% of all U.S. initial public offerings, and arranged more than $11.5 billion of debt financing.

About William Blair & Company, L.L.C.

William Blair & Company is a global investment banking and asset management firm. We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is based in Chicago, with office locations in 12 cities including London, New York, Shanghai, and Zurich. For more information, please visit williamblair.com.

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