Charles Watson Joins William Blair

Charles Watson has joined William Blair & Co. as head of Southeastern U.S. coverage for the firm’s financial sponsors group. He previously was a member of the financial sponsors group at Wachovia Securities, and ran transaction development.

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William Blair & Company today announced that Charles Watson has joined the firm’s financial sponsors group as head of southeast coverage. Mr. Watson will be responsible for managing client relationships primarily in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States, bolstering the firm’s seamless, coast-to-coast coverage of private-equity and venture capital firms.

Before joining William Blair & Company, Mr. Watson spent more than 11 years advising private equity and corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising transactions at Wachovia Securities and its predecessor, Interstate/Johnson Lane Corporation. He most recently worked in Wachovia’s Financial Sponsors Group and served as head of Transaction Development. Previously, Mr. Watson worked in the Corporate Finance Group of KPMG LLP and began his career at Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Watson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Furman University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

“Charles greatly expands the firm’s private-equity and venture capital national coverage capabilities – joining coverage bankers currently based in Boston, Chicago, London, New York, and San Francisco,” said Brandon Lower, Head of the Financial Sponsors Group. “Financial sponsors are a key and vital constituent of the firm, and Charles will allow us to better understand their needs and meet them with innovative investment ideas.”

“William Blair & Company continues to position itself to take advantage of opportunity wherever it may arise. Charles Watson brings a wealth of expertise working with financial sponsors and meeting their needs,” said Brent Gledhill, global head of Corporate Finance. “We continue to invest in our private-equity and venture capital coverage and look forward to more fully engaging with this strategic client base.”

William Blair & Company, L.L.C. is a global investment firm offering investment banking, asset management, equity research, institutional and private brokerage, and private capital to individual, institutional, and issuing clients. Since 1935, we have been committed to helping clients achieve their financial objectives. As an independent, employee-owned firm, our philosophy is to serve our clients’ interests first and foremost. We place a high value on the enduring nature of our client relationships, the quality of our products and services, and the continuity and integrity of our people. William Blair & Company is based in Chicago, with office locations including Boston, London, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Zurich. For more information, please visit www.williamblair.com.