William Blair appoints two as managing directors to focus on SPACs

William Blair has named Bryan P. Finkel and Eric G. Roddy as managing directors to its investment banking team.

William Blair has named Bryan P. Finkel and Eric G. Roddy as managing directors to its investment banking team. Both will focus on special purpose acquisition company transactions and be based in William Blair’s New York office.

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CHICAGO, NEW YORK – February 25, 2021 – William Blair, the premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management, today announced that Bryan P. Finkel and Eric G. Roddy joined the firm’s growing investment banking team and will focus on special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions. Finkel and Roddy join as managing directors based in the New York office.

“We are ecstatic to have Bryan and Eric join us and accelerate the growth of our existing SPAC financing and advisory practice,” said Steve Maletzky, head of Equity Capital Markets investment banking at William Blair. “SPACs are a key component of the continued convergence of the public and private capital markets and Bryan and Eric are a veteran team that share our focus of adding long-term value for clients.”

Finkel and Roddy bring more than 36 years of combined investment banking experience and most recently were managing directors at Nomura in New York, where they led the origination, execution, and strategic advisory effort across the SPAC market continuum. Together they will lead William Blair’s SPAC practice, with Finkel focused on capital markets and financing efforts and Roddy on SPAC coverage and M&A advisory.

“We are thrilled to have Bryan and Eric join our team,” said Brandon Lower, head of Financial Sponsors at William Blair. “They bring strong financial sponsor relationships and extensive alternative capital formation expertise. They also share our vision of being the most trusted advisor to our clients.”

In 2020, William Blair unlocked over $115 billion in value for clients, completing 250 transactions.

About William Blair Investment Banking
William Blair’s investment banking group enables corporations, financial sponsors, and owner/entrepreneurs around the world to achieve their growth, liquidity, and financing objectives. Drawing on the collective intellectual capital and deep sector expertise of a global team that reaches over 20 cities on four continents, the investment banking group brings a rigorous and innovative approach to corporate board advisory projects, mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt financing. From 2016 to 2020, the team advised on more than $430 billion in completed transaction volume.

About William Blair
William Blair is the premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We provide advisory services, strategies, and solutions to meet our clients’ evolving needs. As an independent and employee-owned firm, together with our strategic partners, we operate in more than 20 offices worldwide.*

*Includes strategic partnerships with Allier Capital, BDA Partners, and Poalim Capital Markets.