Christopher Lane has joined William Blair & Company as an MD in the the investment banking division’s technology group. He will be based in San Francisco. Lane most recently worked at Jefferies & Company, where he was a managing director. Lane joins Robert Abbe and Per Stahl who were recently hired by William Blair as MDs in the firm’s tech banking team. Abbe and Stahl were also previously with Jefferies.
Chicago, July 16, 2013 – William Blair & Company today announced that Christopher Lane has joined the firm as a managing director in the investment banking division’s technology group. Mr. Lane will be based in William Blair’s San Francisco office and will become a senior member of the firm’s well-established software franchise, focused on expanding the firm’s market coverage and M&A advisory capabilities in this core sector of the tech industry. Mr. Lane most recently worked at Jefferies & Company, where he was a managing director. He joins William Blair’s San Francisco tech banking team along with recently hired managing directors Robert Abbe and Per Stahl, both of whom were also previously with Jefferies.
Mr. Lane’s hiring reinforces William Blair’s commitment to strengthening the firm’s preeminent global software franchise for emerging and midsize companies. Mr. Lane will join managing director Dan Connolly to create one of the banking industry’s most experienced software leadership teams. Together, they will work with a team of senior professionals across William Blair’s Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, London, and Shanghai offices to cover leading software companies around the globe. The addition of Mr. Lane to the firm’s San Francisco office enhances the firm’s coverage of Silicon Valley and the West Coast.
“To best serve our global clients, we have continued to develop and invest in experienced professionals with deep sector expertise and relationships with key players in the industry,” said Brent Gledhill, William Blair’s global head of investment banking. “Silicon Valley represents a market where we have a successful 20-year client-service track record of raising growth financing for emerging companies and providing strategic M&A advisory services. Adding Chris’s extensive software experience enables us to provide even greater industry expertise and transaction capabilities for our current and future clients.”
Mr. Lane has been a leader in investment banking and technology for more than 15 years. He has led many transformative M&A and capital market transactions in the technology sector, including the sales of Paradigm to Apax Partners; Radiant Systems to NCR; Layer 7 to CA; and i2 to IBM. Since 2010, Mr. Lane has successfully completed 11 advisory and financing assignments representing more than $4.0 billion in transaction value. Before joining Jefferies in 2003, Mr. Lane worked for Broadview International and Deutsche Bank. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. – See more at: http://www.williamblair.com/News/William-Blair-News/2013/July/16/William-Blair-Names-Christopher-Lane-Managing-Director-of-Technology-Banking-Group.aspx#sthash.qe9q04HE.dpuf
William Blair’s technology group consists of 30 bankers globally and has successfully delivered more than 50 technology transactions for clients since January 2012. The group’s software practice has participated in more than 30 SaaS capital markets transactions, making it one of the most active franchises on the Street. In addition, the software team has closed more than 30 M&A transactions since 2010, representing more than $4.4 billion in transaction value. Notable recent transactions of the group include book-run public equity offerings for SaaS companies such as Textura Corporation and WageWorks, the sale of TMW Systems to Trimble Navigation, and the sale of idAnalytics to Lifelock.
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