William Blair bolsters his investment banking group with senior executive hires in London


LONDON & CHICAGO – July 4, 2022 – William Blair, the world’s leading boutique investment banking, investment management and private wealth management company, today announced that it has strengthened its investment banking group by Europe with the appointment of five senior executives.

Eric Sanschagrin and Daniel Fiegenschuh have joined William Blair as Managing Director and Director, respectively, in the Technology Group. Manuel Sammut has been appointed Managing Director covering Technology Services, and Alex Murrill has been appointed Managing Director covering Specialized Distribution, Commercial Services and Industrials. Shane Dulabdas has joined as director of the company’s debt advisory group. Cumulatively, the recruits bring over eight decades of European investment banking experience.

“I am delighted to welcome Eric, Daniel, Manuel, Alex and Shane to William Blair,” said Anu Sharma, Head of European Investment Banking for William Blair. “They are all highly qualified and bring different but complementary expertise to our global investment banking team as we continue our momentum in Europe. As senior managers, they will work with our growing team across the region to serve our clients with world-class, holistic, long-term advice. Our clients will benefit immensely from their networks, diverse experience and knowledge.”

The five appointments build on the recent growth of the firm’s investment banking group. In 2021, the group had a record year of impact for clients globally, unlocking over $290 billion in capital value and executing over 485 advisory and capital markets transactions. As an independent, relationship-driven, client-focused partner, William Blair has successfully advised over 90 clients year-to-date. William Blair was also recently named winner of the European Corporate Finance House of the Year 2022 award at Real Deals’ Private Equity Awards.

Sanschagrin draws on a long career of leadership experience, most recently as a partner and technology sector leader for EY’s EMEIA strategy and transactions unit and has held senior roles in investment banking. technology investment at Piper Jaffray and Citigroup. Fiegenschuh has extensive experience working in the technology sector, having most recently served as an associate partner in EY’s EMEIA strategy and transactions unit.

Sammut joins William Blair after a distinguished career in corporate finance, with 17 years of experience advising companies, owners/entrepreneurs and private equity funds. He spent 11 years at DC Advisory where he advised clients on several landmark transactions. Most recently, Sammut was a partner at KPMG, where he successfully led and developed the business services and technology M&A practice.

Murrill has over 16 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets, representing private equity-backed, public and private companies in the specialty distribution, industrial technology and technology sectors. building technology. He comes from Baird, where he was previously head of the global industrial investment banking group.

Dulabdas is an accomplished debt adviser, having over 11 years of experience advising corporate and private equity firms on a range of transactions, such as acquisition financing, restructurings and corporate refinancing. debt. He joins Houlihan Lokey (formerly GCA Altium), where he served as Director of the Debt Advisory Team.

About William Blair Investment Banking

William Blair’s investment banking group enables companies, financial sponsors and owners/entrepreneurs worldwide to achieve their growth, liquidity and funding goals. Leveraging the collective intellectual capital and deep industry expertise of a global team present in more than 20 cities across 4 continents, the investment banking group brings a disciplined and innovative approach to advisory projects to corporate boards. administration, mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt financing. From 2017 to 2021, the team has advised over $680 billion in completed transaction volume.

About William Blair

William Blair is the world’s leading boutique specializing in investment banking, investment management and private wealth management. We provide consulting services, strategies and solutions to meet the changing needs of our clients. As an independent, employee-owned company, together with our strategic partners, we operate in more than 20 offices worldwide.*

*Includes strategic partnerships with Allier Capital, BDA Partners and Poalim Capital Markets.


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