Baird recruits Rippy as MD for investment banking banking

Baird has hired Andrew M. Rippy as a managing director for its global investment banking business. Rippy, who will be based in the firm’s Portland, Oregon office, will work on the global technology and services team. Previously, he worked at Pacific Crest Securities where he served as managing director and co-head of infrastructure and software investment banking.


Portland, Ore. June 19, 2017 – Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, today announced that Andrew M. Rippy has joined the firm’s Global Investment Banking business as a Managing Director on its Global Technology & Services team. Rippy will focus on the I.T. infrastructure, software and communications sectors. His addition to the team represents the ongoing growth and expansion of Baird’s Technology investment banking practice. He will be based out of Baird’s Portland, Ore. office.

Rippy brings more than 20 years of corporate finance and mergers and acquisition experience to Baird. Most recently, he spent 17 years as managing director and co-head of infrastructure and software investment banking with Pacific Crest Securities (“Pacific Crest”), a tech division of KeyBanc Capital Markets. In this role, Rippy was instrumental in establishing Pacific Crest as a leading, independent IT and software investment banking platform. Earlier in his career, Rippy worked at hedge fund management firm, Watermark Management, as well as Sumitomo Bank. He graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Government and Economics, and received his M.B.A in Finance and Management from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

“We are very pleased that Andrew has decided to continue his career at Baird,” said Peter Kies, Head of Baird’s Global Technology & Services Investment Banking group. “His extensive and successful transaction experience and deep knowledge of the technology and software industries will be a great addition to our team as we continue to invest in and grow our Technology sector coverage.”

Baird’s Global Technology practice continues to grow. Today, that platform includes:
· More than 50 investment bankers in our Global Technology & Services group, who have completed more than 280 M&A and financing transactions since 2007;
· 11 Senior Research Analysts covering nearly 200 Technology stocks;
· A dedicated Equity Sales & Trading team that makes a market in approximately 600 technology stocks and has traded over 1 billion shares of Technology stocks in the last twelve months; and
· An annual Global Consumer, Technology & Services investor conference, which features more than 175 presenting companies, 1,700 attendees and 3,500 one-on-one meetings.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining the Baird platform,” said Rippy. “The firm’s global Technology practice is growing and gaining market share as people see the value of Baird’s comprehensive capital markets and advisory capabilities with extensive industry knowledge. I look forward to joining this hardworking, committed and result-driven team to continue providing the best outcomes for our investment banking clients.”

About Baird Global Investment Banking
Baird is a leading global investment bank focused on the middle market. Approximately 270 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, debt advisory and equity financing transactions. Since 2012, Baird has completed nearly 430 advisory transactions representing more than $113 billion in transaction value and 518 financings raising more than $135 billion. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 4 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2017 – its 14th consecutive year on the list.

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 3,400 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has $171 billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 4 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2017 – its 14th consecutive year on the list. Baird is the marketing name of Baird Financial Group. 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