William Blair has named Scott Paton as a managing director in the financial sponsors group. Most recently, Paton was a managing director and group head of financial sponsors coverage at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.
William Blair, the premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management, today announced that veteran investment banker Scott Paton joined the firm’s global investment banking team as a managing director in the Financial Sponsors Group. He brings more than 25 years of investment banking and private equity experience throughout North America and Europe. Paton joins a global team of 20 financial sponsor coverage and advisory professionals to continue their strong momentum and leadership in the private equity market.
“William Blair’s deep sector knowledge, execution excellence, buyer and investor relationships, and extensive global reach delivers a valuable platform to financial sponsors,” said Brandon Lower, head of Financial Sponsors at William Blair. “Scott shares our vision of being the most trusted advisor and partner to private equity firms and the management teams at their portfolio companies. We are thrilled to have him join the team.”
Paton will be based in the firm’s Boston office. He was most recently a managing director and group head of Financial Sponsors Coverage at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Paton previously was a managing director and group head of Financial Sponsors Coverage at Oppenheimer/CIBC. Paton also has direct principal investment experience as a co-founder of CapVest Limited in London, and as a director with BT Capital Partners Europe. He received his M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a B.A. in American history from Harvard University.
“The addition of Scott demonstrates our commitment to providing world-class service to the financial sponsor community,” said Bryan Doherty, managing director, Financial Sponsors.
In the last 12 months, William Blair unlocked over $78 billion in value for clients, completing 192 transactions. About one-third of M&A transactions involved cross-border counterparties, spanning 16 countries.
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