William Blair Expands Investment Banking Team


William Blair, a global investment banking and asset management firm, is pleased to announce that Christina Bresani has joined the firm’s investment banking team as a managing director and head of financial services investment banking.

In addition to leading the firm’s financial services group in investment banking, Ms. Bresani will focus on sourcing, structuring, and executing mergers and acquisitions involving high-profile public and private companies across sectors. She will be based in the firm’s New York office.

“Christina is a remarkably talented and experienced M&A banker who will elevate our ability to deliver industry-leading advisory solutions,” said Brent Gledhill, William Blair’s global head of investment banking. “As we continue to expand our M&A prowess, we are thrilled to have someone of Christina’s caliber joining our team in New York. Her expertise will be a tremendous resource for our clients.”

William Blair’s investment banking group draws on the deep industry expertise and relationships of its bankers to deliver optimal results for clients through advisory and capital-markets solutions. The firm’s M&A practice has more than doubled its client service delivery over the past few years, now completing $30 billion of transactions annually.

Ms. Bresani has 19 years of investment banking experience and, before joining William Blair, spent her entire career with UBS in New York focused exclusively on M&A. At UBS, she executed 70 transactions with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $175 billion. Over the past two decades, Ms. Bresani has completed industry-shaping transactions involving private and publicly traded companies across the financial services and healthcare sectors, including Chicago Board Options Exchange’s $3.8 billion acquisition of Bats Global Markets, TIAA’s $2.5 billion acquisition of EverBank Financial, Eli Lilly’s $6.5 billion acquisition of ImClone, and the $30.3 billion merger of Caremark Rx and CVS. Ms. Bresani earned her bachelor’s degree in 1998 from Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

“The opportunity to join a firm such as William Blair that has a global reputation for delivering world-class service and results for clients is incredibly exciting,” Ms. Bresani said. “Across industries, companies today face a broadening array of opportunities for achieving their growth goals, making William Blair’s ability to provide objective advice and outstanding execution more valuable than ever.”

About William Blair Investment Banking

William Blair’s investment banking group enables corporations, financial sponsors, owner/entrepreneurs, and governments 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 across more than 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 2012 to 2016, the team advised on more than $230 billion in completed transaction volume.

About William Blair

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, with offices in 15 cities worldwide. For more information, please visit williamblair.com.


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Tony Zimmer William Blair & Company 312-364-8611 tzimmer@williamblair.com

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