Investment Banking Vice President/Director - Leveraged Finance

Areas of Interest:

Investment Banking


Boston, Massachusetts, Charlotte, North Carolina, Chicago, Illinois, New York, New York, San Francisco, California

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Company Description:

William Blair 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 and, together with its strategic partners, operates worldwide.

About the Team:

Our global footprint provides opportunities to deliver highly strategic advice to market-leading companies around the world. Guided by our unwavering commitment to our clients’ success and motivated by our vision to build the premier global boutique investment bank, we provide the industry’s brightest minds with the opportunity to thrive in an energetic, entrepreneurial environment and team-oriented culture.  Our mission is to provide bold, creative advice to clients and leadership in our markets and our communities. 

About Leveraged Finance 

William Blair’s Leveraged Finance Group arranges all manner of leveraged financing structures including 1st and 2nd lien debt, mezzanine financing, unitranche loans and high yield bonds and is focused on middle-market.  The private equity community is a prime constituent for the Leverage Finance Group.  

The Leveraged Finance Group is focused on developing and deepening its relationships with leading private equity firms to provide financing solutions to their portfolio companies. William Blair is an important source of deal flow for many private equity funds and we are a leading sell-side advisor to these same funds when they are considering liquidity options.  We seek to extend our service offering to the private equity community to include a broad range of financing solutions. 

The Leveraged Finance Group works closely with each of Blair’s industry sector teams as well as our Financial Sponsor Coverage Group in serving the financing needs of the firm’s investment banking clients. The position will be based in the firm's Chicago headquarters or our Boston, Charlotte, New York or San Francisco office.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

  • Develop, manage and institutionalize relationships with private equity firms and their key decision makers
  • Increase the private equity community’s awareness of William Blair’s financing capabilities
  • Understand each covered private equity firm’s financing strategies, approach and decision making
  • Maintain a regular dialogue with private equity firms to present William Blair’s financing expertise and credentials
  • Identify high-quality leveraged finance prospects within private equity clients’ portfolios
  • Partner with coverage and product bankers to prospect and pitch financing transactions to private equity firms and their portfolio companies
  • Leverage relationship network to connect and heavily influence positive outcomes


  • Bachelor’s degree required.  MBA from top-tiered business school preferred
  • Prior work experience in Investment Banking required, preferably in Financial Sponsors Coverage and/or Leveraged Finance
  • Series 79 and 63 licenses required within 90 days of hire
  • Clear, effective oral and written communication skills
  • Client management experience
  • Positive and self-motivated
  • Able to provide direction and leadership in order to build a strong team environment
  • Collaborative approach and the ability to manage expectations of senior bankers, other deal team members and clients
  • Committed to satisfying internal and external customers

As a William Blair associate, you’ll enjoy Medical, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, along with a generous profit sharing program that includes a 401K plan in addition to a firm contribution. We also offer three weeks of vacation, flexible spending accounts, a business casual dress code, a 75% discounted commissions on trades, and discounts at restaurants, museums, parks and retailers.

William Blair is an equal opportunity employer. It complies with all laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in employment practice because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military service or on the basis of a physical or mental disability that is unrelated to the employee's ability to perform the duties of the job applied for.

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