Baird Appoints Japan-Focused MD

International financial services firm Baird has appointed Satoshi Matsumoto to the firm’s investment banking group as a managing director and director of Japan mergers & acquisitions. In the newly created role, Matsumoto will work with Baird’s investment bankers to coordinate the firm’s M&A activity between Japanese businesses and companies based in the US, Europe and other parts of Asia. He will be based in the firm’s Chicago office.

PRESS RELEASE

Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, today announced that Satoshi Matsumoto has joined the firm’s Investment Banking group as a Managing Director, Director of Japan Mergers & Acquisitions. In the newly created role, Matsumoto will work with Baird’s investment bankers across a range of industry verticals to coordinate the firm’s M&A activity between Japanese businesses and companies based in the U.S., Europe and other parts of Asia. In particular, he will be responsible for accessing potential Japanese buyers as a part of Baird’s global sellside processes. He will be based in the firm’s Chicago office.

Matsumoto brings nearly 20 years of banking experience to Baird. Most recently, he was a Managing Director and Head of Japan Consumer/Retail Investment Banking at Barclays Capital in Tokyo. Prior to Barclays, Matsumoto spent more than ten years in global M&A and industry coverage roles at Lehman Brothers and Nomura Securities. Throughout his career, he worked on more than 50 M&A deals, the vast majority of which are cross-border transactions involving Japanese companies.

Matsumoto’s appointment is yet another example of Baird’s ongoing investments in and continued growth of its global M&A franchise. Approximately one-third of Baird’s annual M&A deals are cross-border or international. The firm has also had some significant successes advising on deals involving Japanese parties, such as the $644 million sale of RC2 Corporation to Tomy Company Ltd., the sale of Emerson Electric’s Commercial and Industrial Motors (“CIM”) and Appliance Motors and Controls (“AMC”) businesses to Nidec Corporation and Sole Motors sale to Nidec Techno Motor Holdings Corporation.

“We are very excited that Satoshi has decided to continue his career at Baird,” said Chris McMahon, Baird’s Head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions. “He has a proven track record of success, and we’re confident of his ability to enhance Baird’s already strong, global sellside process by deepening our reach into Japan for potential buyers.”

Steve Booth, Director of Baird’s Investment Banking group added: “Accessing buyers in all parts of the world has become a critical ingredient for any successful sellside process. Japanese corporations have become increasingly interested in growing their businesses through international M&A, and we expect this interest to continue to drive a meaningful amount of overall global deal flow. With a dedicated resource that has a proven track record of success, Baird will be well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Baird continues to make high profile talent investments to its M&A platform, adding Chris Harned in Milwaukee, Paul Bail and Jonathan Bourn in London, Jason Abt and Owen Hart in San Francisco, Jim Conniff, Jim Hemmer and Rob Rosenfeld in Chicago and David Schechner in Boston.

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About Baird Investment Banking
Recognized as the 2011 “Investment Banking Firm of the Year” by The M&A Advisor, Baird is a leading global investment bank focused on the middle market. Approximately 200 investment banking professionals in the U.S., Europe and Asia provide corporations, entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital firms with in-depth market knowledge and extensive experience in merger and acquisition and equity financing transactions. Since 2007, Baird has advised on more than 230 M&A transactions representing $43 billion in transaction value and has served as lead or co-manager on 250 equity offerings raising more than $76 billion. Baird has received “Deal of the Year” recognitions from The M&A Advisor for seven years running, demonstrating commitment to attaining great outcomes for clients.

About Baird
Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than 2,700 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has nearly $97 billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 21 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2012 – its ninth consecutive year on the list. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at www.rwbaird.com.

Robert W. Baird Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority of the United Kingdom.

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