William Blair continues investment banking growth with the addition of a managing director


William Blair continues investment banking growth with the addition of a managing director

By Edlyn Cardoza

December 07, 2021

  • Chicago
  • Goldman Sachs
  • PGI

William Blair, the world’s first boutique specializing in investment banking, investment management and private wealth management, recently announced the arrival of Jim Conniff as Managing Director of the firm’s Investment Banking Group. Based in the company’s Chicago office, Conniff joins the Industrial Growth Products (IGP) team, bringing over 25 years of experience focused on large industrial growth companies across a wide range of specialized verticals, delivering advice and representation to clients on mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising assignments. Conniff has extensive experience working with founder/entrepreneur-owned and private equity industrial clients.

“I am delighted to welcome Jim, a seasoned investment banker with a respected background in a wide variety of industrial businesses. Jim will bring a unique perspective and additional expertise to the IGP Group,” said Elliot Farkas, Head of IGP for William Blair. “Jim’s experience will further elevate senior leadership within our growing team, providing even more strategic insights to our clients and providing an enhanced range of expertise. »

Conniff’s career spans over two decades, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate divestitures, equity opinions, anti-raid/defense, growth capital and debt offerings , and strategic consulting assignments in the industrial sector. Working closely with corporate clients and private equity firms, Conniff’s experience spans the industrial products landscape, with a particular focus on highly engineered products, specialty components and systems. Conniff has held senior positions at Goldman Sachs and Robert W. Baird & Co. and most recently served as Co-Head of Industry Group at Lazard Middle Market LLC. Conniff received his BS with Honors in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The addition of Conniff further contributes to the company’s rapid growth in investment banking. William Blair recently added four managing directors across all sectors – Dan Polsky (New York) as joint union head in the equity capital markets group, Mike Nelson (Denver) in FinTech, Neha Motwani and Rizwan Velji ( New York) in Life Sciences – as well as Shantha Ozgen (New York) as a Healthcare Specialist in Institutional Sales.

William Blair’s IGP Group provides solutions for growing, market-leading and technology-driven industrial companies. The group’s team draws on deep expertise in a range of industry-related subsectors, including building technologies, chemicals, diversified industrial products, engineered components, industrial technology (including including robotics and automation, machinery and equipment, motion and flow control, sensors and instrumentation, and energy and electricity), packaging and specialty materials.

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