Harris Williams & Co. Hires Julien Darmon As Managing Director

Harris Williams & Co. hired Julien Darmon as a managing director in London. Darmon previously worked in the investment banking group of Robert W. Baird. He advised middle market clients on assignments including public and private divestments, mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions, capital raising and strategic advisory.

PRESS RELEASE
Harris Williams & Co. Ltd is pleased to announce that Julien Darmon has joined the firm as a Managing Director in London. Mr. Darmon has considerable experience executing deals in both Europe and the U.S. including numerous cross-border assignments for corporations and leading private equity groups.

“He brings the right experience, skill and relationships to help continue to build the Harris Williams & Co. platform in Europe.”
Prior to joining Harris Williams & Co., Mr. Darmon worked in the investment banking group of Robert W. Baird both in the U.K. and the U.S., advising middle market clients on a variety of assignments including public and private divestments, mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions, capital raising and strategic advisory. During his time at Baird, Mr. Darmon spent three years working in the Chicago office where in addition to leading transactions for U.S. clients, he helped coordinate the firm’s transatlantic business efforts between the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Darmon’s extensive experience spans multiple sectors including diversified industrials, industrial technology, and consumer products.

“Julien is a tremendous addition to the firm,” said Chris Williams, co-founder of Harris Williams & Co. “He brings the right experience, skill and relationships to help continue to build the Harris Williams & Co. platform in Europe.”

The firm’s European advisory practice is based out of London and led by Thierry Monjauze. Harris Williams & Co. anticipates increased global M&A activity throughout 2011 and will be hiring additional professionals as the firm continues its expansion.

“We are thrilled to have Julien join our London office. He has strong experience across a broad range of industries and deep relationships across Europe and the U.S. that will be tremendously valuable to our clients,” said Thierry Monjauze, managing director and head of Harris Williams & Co.’s European advisory practice. “Since we launched our London office last December, we’ve experienced positive momentum and have won numerous high quality mandates. With Julien on board, we expect to see our deal flow continue to increase.”

Harris Williams & Co. Ltd is the U.K. affiliate of Harris Williams & Co., one of the largest and most reputable U.S. middle market advisors with a 20-year legacy in mergers and acquisitions. Harris Williams & Co. currently has six offices across the U.S. with approximately 180 professionals. The firm, focused exclusively on the middle market, serves clients worldwide across a broad range of industries by providing sell side and acquisition advisory, restructuring advisory, board advisory, private placements and capital markets advisory services. Clients have included some of the world’s most prominent private equity groups and venture capital firms, privately and publicly-held businesses and multinational corporations such as Cardinal Health, Danaher, GE, International Paper, Lafarge and Procter & Gamble . Harris Williams & Co. (www.harriswilliams.com) is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), a global diversified financial services organization.

Investment banking services are provided by Harris Williams LLC, a registered broker-dealer and member of INRA and SIPC, and Harris Williams & Co. Ltd, an Appointed Representative of Sturgeon Ventures LLP, which is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Harris Williams & Co. is a trade name under which Harris Williams LLC and Harris Williams & Co. Ltd conduct business in the U.S. and Europe, respectively.

Contact information for the London office is available at www.harriswilliams.com.

For general release inquiries, contact Marketing Director, Kimberly Baker in the U.S. at +1 804 648 0072.

For further information, please contact:

Smithfield in the U.K.
Elaine Bartleet / Vikki Kosmalska +44 (0)20 7360 4900
IPR Media in the U.S.
Christine Cannon +1 631 776 0247
Erin Burke +1 631 239 6903

Contacts
Harris Williams & Co.
Kimberly Baker, Marketing Director, +1 804-648-0072