Nilsen Rejoins Sagent Advisors

Nils Nilsen, a founding partner of Sagent Advisors, has rejoined the firm as a managing director. He will spearhead, along with Donato de Donato, the firm’s financial sponsors coverage efforts.


Sagent Advisors, LLC announced today that Nils Nilsen, a Sagent founding partner, has rejoined the firm as a Managing Director and will spearhead, along with Donato de Donato, the firm’s financial sponsors coverage efforts.


“We are pleased to have Nils back with us,” said Hal Ritch, Sagent Advisors’ Chief Executive Officer. “He is an expert in the sector with an excellent reputation among both his clients and colleagues.  With Nils and Donato, Sagent is fortunate to have such a formidable team leading our financial sponsors group.”


Mr. Nilsen had managed the Private Equity Coverage and Strategic Opportunities groups at Sagent from 2004 through 2009.  He has held several senior positions in his career including leading Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s M&A Business Development group, which was widely recognized as one of the most successful efforts of its kind on Wall Street.  He was also the co-head of DLJ’s Financial Sponsors group.  Mr. Nilsen most recently was an independent advisor to American Securities Corporation, and also previously served as a partner at First Atlantic Capital, a managing director at Merrill Lynch and spent nine years at American Can Company/Primerica Corporation.


Mr. Nilsen graduated with a BA in Economics from Harvard College and received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.



Sagent Advisors is an independent, privately-owned investment bank that provides financial advisory and capital raising solutions to clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and other strategic financial transactions. Having completed over 100 transactions for its clients with an aggregate value of over $50 billion, the firm provides broad industry and product sector expertise to its clients through its offices in the U.S. in New York, Charlotte, Chicago and San Francisco, and globally through its alliance with Daiwa Securities Capital Markets in Asia and DC Advisory in Europe.  Sagent Advisors offers a unique combination of powerful global relationship networks, strong industry and execution expertise, and senior attention on every client transaction.