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William Blair names Skinner to head tech investment banking group

William Blair & Company has appointed Jonathan Skinner to head the firm’s technology investment banking group. Skinner has been a partner at William Blair since 2008.


CHICAGO – May 14, 2015, William Blair & Company, a global investment banking and asset management firm, has named Jonathan Skinner to head the firm’s technology investment banking group. The announcement coincides with William Blair’s third annual Technology Company Growth Conference, which is being held today in San Francisco, bringing together nearly 70 presenting companies and more than 500 corporate development executives and investors.

Mr. Skinner, who has been a partner at William Blair since 2008, assumes leadership of the largest and fastest-growing industry sector within William Blair’s investment banking department. Comprising more than 50 bankers worldwide, William Blair’s technology group completed 67 M&A and public and private equity transactions in 2014, totaling nearly $16 billion in transaction value.

“The rapidly evolving dynamics of the global technology sector continually provide new strategic opportunities for our clients,” said Brent Gledhill, William Blair’s global head of investment banking. “Jon’s extensive transaction experience, relationships, and leadership will allow us to continue to offer exceptional client service and further build on the incredible momentum of our global technology practice.”

Mr. Skinner will succeed Robert Metzger as head of William Blair’s technology practice. Mr. Metzger, who joined William Blair in 1999, will be retiring from investment banking at the end of the year to become the director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Investment Banking Academy and a faculty member in the school’s finance department. William Blair also announced that Daniel Daul has been named as head of the firm’s financial technology investment banking group. Mr. Daul has served as co-head of the group with Mr. Metzger since 2008.

“Over the years we have built one of the leading technology teams by enhancing our sector and product expertise and attracting top talent in San Francisco, London, Boston, and other key markets, and Jon’s leadership skills and transaction experience will be the ideal fit for continuing the team’s success,” Mr. Metzger said. “Moreover, within our broader technology platform, the growth of our financial technology franchise has been truly exceptional, and it is exciting to have someone of Dan’s caliber and expertise in the financial technology industry to continue leading these efforts.”

Mr. Skinner has led William Blair’s Boston office for seven years and has been a senior member of the firm’s financial sponsors group, managing many of the firm’s technology-focused private equity relationships. A 16-year veteran of the investment banking industry, Mr. Skinner has played a lead role in advising premier clients globally and in recruiting and developing talent within William Blair’s technology group. Before his career in investment banking, Mr. Skinner practiced corporate law in the Boston office of Goodwin Procter.

“Thanks to Rob’s tremendous leadership and the performance of the entire global technology banking team, William Blair has become one of the most active and respected growth-oriented technology franchises on Wall Street,” said Mr. Skinner. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to help build on this great success.”

About William Blair Investment Banking
William Blair’s investment banking group combines significant transaction experience, rich industry knowledge, and deep relationships to deliver successful advisory and financing solutions to our global base of corporate clients. We serve both publicly traded and privately held companies, executing mergers and acquisitions, growth financing, financial restructuring, and general advisory projects.

This comprehensive suite of services allows us to be a long-term partner to our clients as they grow and evolve. From 2010 to 2014, the investment banking group completed more than 330 merger-and-acquisition transactions worth $73 billion in value, involving parties in 36 countries and five continents, was an underwriter on more than 20% of all U.S. initial public offerings, and raised nearly $100 billion in public and private financing.

About William Blair & Company, L.L.C.
William Blair & Company is a global investment banking and asset management firm. We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is based in Chicago, with office locations in 16 cities including London, New York, Shanghai, and Zurich. For more information, please visit