Investment Banking - Managing Director London

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Investment Banking


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Company Description:

William Blair is a premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. 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 headquartered in Chicago and, together with its strategic partners, operates in more than 20 offices worldwide.

About the Team:

Investment Banking's 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. 

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

We are actively looking for candidates with Consumer & Retail, Technology, Services, or Healthcare Investment Banking experience. 
  • Target new business opportunities by developing and executing a go to market strategy, while balancing maximizing transaction completion rates, generating revenue, upholding the William Blair reputation and maintaining productivity. Stay abreast of current trends and the latest sectors/products and ensure targeting is aligned accordingly.
  • Leverage innovative approach, sector/product expertise, client relationships/service and reputation to win new business and support the achievement of revenue goals.
  • Deliver proposals and presentations to clients and prospects, leveraging IB staff throughout the process to support development strategies and contribute to the building of bench strength.
  • Manage the execution of investment banking processes including the financial/valuation analyses to value debt and equity, creation of financial models to value clients and industries, due diligence and research of potential and live transactions, the development of proposals/ presentations, etc. Ensure processes are completed in a timely and high quality manner and are aligned with established IB strategies, processes and standards.
  • Maintain world class client partnerships, providing high quality advice and insights and exceeding expectations pertaining to client service and transaction execution. Coach IB staff on the execution of client service best practices.
  • Actively participate in recruitment and development processes.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to the IB staff, providing guidance, continuous development and coaching to ensure achievement of group and individual goals.
  • Serve as a leader within the community. Represent William Blair on civic, non-profit or public boards; is recognized for contributions outside the firm.
  • Additional responsibilities as requested.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • MBA strongly preferred
  • Prior investment banking experience in Technology, Services or Healthcare
  • Prior investment banking experience required, 10+ years strongly preferred
  • Requirement to successfully complete Level 3 exams with FCA within 90 days of commencing employment, and SIE Exam, Series 79, within 150 days of commencing employment
  • Strong strategic process management, and analytical skills
  • Strong ability to identify and pitch new business
  • Trust-building and leadership abilities with multiple levels within the organization
  • Management skills overseeing people and processes
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • High integrity and strong work ethic
  • Strong interpersonal, decision-making and analytical abilities
  • Ability to work in an entrepreneurial culture
  • Detail oriented with deep analytical abilities
  • Effectively leverages technology
  • Superior mathematical, writing, verbal and computer skills
  • Strong desire to win
  • Solution-oriented with ability to leverage prior experiences
  • Sound judgement and high integrity
  • Calm and focused demeanor under pressure
  • Deep, sophisticated understanding of accounting and finance
  • Commitment 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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