Mergers & Acquisitions

We have a proven ability to identify optimal transaction partners around the globe, structure and negotiate transactions, and deliver the best outcomes for our clients.

How We Can Help You

Publicly traded and privately held companies around the globe count on our M&A Advisory Group for comprehensive financial advisory services and expert guidance. We serve buyers and sellers by providing in-depth financial and strategic analysis, identifying optimal potential transaction partners, developing creative deal structures, and negotiating complex transaction terms. Since July 2016, we have completed 665 M&A transactions representing approximately $294 billion in value (as of June 30, 2021).

Our long record, leadership position in the middle market, and high level of transaction activity enable us to clear the market globally in search of the best transaction partners. Our bankers are true experts in your industry and understand the competitive landscape and deal environment facing our clients.

We provide comprehensive M&A advisory services for a variety of transaction types:

  • Sell-side and corporate divestiture transactions
  • Merger advisories
  • Acquisition advisories
  • Strategic alternatives reviews
  • Corporate recapitalizations and restructurings
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Shareholder rights plans and other takeover defense advisories
  • Fairness opinions
  • Stock repurchases and other advisory activities
  • Private wealth planning for your liquidity event – Based on a deep understanding of the tax and wealth management considerations of acquisitions and capital raises, we provide tailored advice to help business owners optimize the after-tax wealth generated by corporate liquidity events.

Selected Transactions

Not Disclosed

a portfolio company of Harvest Partners and Investcorp

has been acquired by

Not Disclosed

a portfolio company of Summit Park

has been acquired by

William Blair acted as financial advisor to Fast Growing Trees, a portfolio company of Summit Park Partners, LP, in connection with its sale to Berkshire Partners.

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$1,600,000,000

a portfolio company of WCAS

has merged with

a portfolio company of Hg

William Blair acted as exclusive financial advisor to MMIT, a portfolio company of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), in connection with its pending merger with Evaluate, a portfolio company of Hg Capital.

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Not Disclosed

a portfolio company of Clearlake Capital

has received a significant strategic investment from

Not Disclosed

has acquired

William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Pluralsight, a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners, in connection with its pending acquisition of A Cloud Guru.

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$1,565,000,000

has agreed to be acquired by

William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to BigBear.ai, a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners, in connection with its pending merger with GigCapital4, Inc. (NYSE: GIGGU).

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$1,664,000,000

has merged with

Not Disclosed

has been acquired by

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