Harris Williams & Co., the Richmond, Va.-headquartered middle market advisor, has hired Michael Wilkins as its senior tech banker on the West Coast. Wilkins will head the company’s U.S. efforts in Internet and digital media. Prior to joining Harris Williams & Co., Wilkins was a managing director at Sagent Advisors where he co-founded the firm’s technology practice.
Harris Williams & Co. announces that Michael Wilkins has joined the firm as a managing director leading the firm’s Technology, Telecom & Digital Media (TTDM) Group’s efforts on the West Coast in the U.S. Wilkins joins the firm with a wide range of experience and industry knowledge as well as strong relationships with strategic buyers and leading private equity and venture capital groups worldwide.
Prior to joining Harris Williams & Co., Wilkins was a managing director at Sagent Advisors where he co-founded the firm’s technology practice. During his time at Sagent, Wilkins headed the internet and digital media practice covering the online advertising and marketing, content, and web services and eCommerce sub-sectors. Wilkins brings significant investment banking experience to the firm having previously worked in the investment banking groups of Sagent Advisors, Wachovia Securities, Wasserstein Perella & Co., J.P. Morgan & Co. and Goldman Sachs.
“Michael is an excellent addition to our firm and growing industry practice,” said Hiter Harris, co-founder of Harris Williams & Co. “Michael brings the right knowledge, skill and relationships to help grow our firm and respond to market opportunities in the TTDM industry.”
“Michael’s experience and expertise in digital media, internet and software transactions further enhances our ability to provide exceptional advice to our clients,” said Jeff Bistrong, head of Harris Williams & Co.’s U.S. TTDM Group and based in Boston. “Michael will lead our west coast team and, combined with the expertise of our European TTDM team, will support the growth of our global industry practice in those sectors.”
Harris Williams & Co. (www.harriswilliams.com), a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC), is the premier middle market advisor with a two-decade legacy of M&A advisory excellence serving clients worldwide. The firm is focused exclusively on the middle market, providing sell side and acquisition advisory, restructuring advisory, board advisory, private placements and capital markets advisory services. The firm’s TTDM team focuses on software, IT services, communications and digital media. For more information on Harris Williams & Co.’s efforts in TTDM, contact Jeff Bistrong at +1 (617) 654-2102, Thierry Monjauze at +44 207 518 8900 or Michael Wilkins at +1 (415) 288-4260.
Investment banking services are provided by Harris Williams LLC, a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC, and Harris Williams & Co. Ltd, an Appointed Representative of Sturgeon Ventures LLP, which is authorized 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.