Baird Appoints to Milwaukee M&A Team

Asset management firm Baird has appointed Chris Harned as a managing director on its M&A team in its investment banking group in Milwaukee. Boasting 27 years of experience, Harned will support Baird’s advisory practice across its global platform and help build the firm’s M&A practice in the food and beverage sector.


Baird, an employee-owned, international capital markets, private equity, wealth and asset management firm, today announced that Chris Harned has joined its Investment Banking group in Milwaukee as a Managing Director on its M&A team. With 27 years of experience, Harned will support Baird’s advisory practice across its global platform and help build the firm’s M&A practice in the Food and Beverage sector.

Most recently, Harned spent ten years as Partner and Head of the Consumer Products Group at the Cypress Group, a New York-based private equity firm. He also served as head of the Global Consumer Products M&A business at Lehman Brothers. During his 17 years at Lehman, Harned led the development of the firm’s European consumer franchise and served as a member of its Investment Banking Operating Committee. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of BSwift, Freshpet, Philadelphia Media Group and Quad Graphics.

“We are very pleased that Chris has decided to continue his career at Baird,” said Steve Booth, Director of Baird’s Investment Banking group. “His advisory and principal investment experience, together with his financial sponsor relationships, will be very valuable additions to our banking team.”

Booth continued, “2011 has been an outstanding year for our investment banking team. Chris’ addition to the group really underscores the investments we’ve continued to make in our global platform and the ways in which our approach of teamwork and innovation have paid dividends for our clients.”

“As a former Baird client for more than a decade,” said Harned, “I have witnessed the transformative growth of Baird’s global platform and celebrated the continued success the firm achieves on behalf of its clients. I am thrilled to be joining Baird and be a part of this vibrant, well managed, globally-oriented, client-centric organization.”


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 2001, Baird has advised on over 360 M&A transactions representing more than $50 billion in transaction value and has served as lead or co-manager on over 350 equity offerings raising more than $82 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 2,700 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird oversees and manages client assets of nearly $84 billion. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked number 14 on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2011 – its eighth 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.