Baird has added investment banker Jason Abt as a managing director in its San Francisco offices. Abt will be a senior member of Baird’s Consumer Investment Banking team, the firm said Thursday. Abt previously worked in various positions at Banc of America Securities, Credit Suisse and Cowen & Co.
Baird, an international, employee-owned capital markets, private equity, wealth and asset management firm, announced today that investment banker Jason Abt has joined the firm as a Managing Director in San Francisco. Abt will be a senior member of Baird’s Consumer Investment Banking team, working closely with members of Baird’s existing Restaurant practice to build on the firm’s momentum in the space.
The addition of Abt marks Baird’s continued expansion in the Consumer sector and in the Bay Area. The firm has completed several high-profile M&A and equity transactions in the Consumer sector with Body Central, CamelBak Products, Caribou Coffee, Dunkin’ Brands, Implus Corporation, Michael Kors, RC2 Corporation, Vera Bradley and Vitamin Shoppe. And with the addition of Abt and others, Baird now has 100 associates in Northern California, up from just one associate in 2006. The firm has offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sacramento and Grass Valley, representing Baird’s Private Wealth Management, Fixed Income and Equity Capital Markets businesses.
“Jason has established an impressive track record in the Consumer space, and we are very pleased that he has decided to continue his career at Baird,” said Steve Booth, Director of Baird’s Investment Banking group. “With the addition of Jason and other seasoned talent, Baird has built tremendous momentum in the sector, and we believe we are well positioned to earn more market share.”
Abt has held senior investment banking roles at Banc of America Securities (formerly Montgomery Securities), Credit Suisse and more recently, Cowen & Company, where he advised restaurant, specialty retail, apparel and e-commerce companies on M&A and equity offerings. Prior to joining Baird, Abt was Managing Director of Corporate Development at The Vincraft Group, a private equity fund focused on the wine industry. Abt has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. degree in Finance from Arizona State University.
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, 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 over 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.
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 oversees and manages client assets of more than $87 billion. 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 private equity operations.