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Andrew PolacekInvestments & Banking Contributing Editor

Following his two-year term as an investment banking analyst for Houlihan Lokey at their Los Angeles headquarters, Andrew Polacek had a seven year private equity career culminating in a role as a Vice President, first as an Associate at Mainsail Partners and later at Crimson Investment where developing relationships with business owners and investment banks was his primary focus. Andrew is also a knowledgeable and passionate investor in gold and silver bullion who has been investing in the space for over 10 years.

William Blair & Company is a global investment banking and asset management firm. It focuses on building enduring relationships with their clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their client’s evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is based in Chicago, with offices in 16 cities across five continents.

  • Stellar reputation: William Blair has an excellent reputation among its peers and in the business community in general. It protects its brand very well by doing the right thing by its clients.
  • One-stop shop investment bank: Much like Baird, this investment bank can do it all, including equity raises and IPOs.
  • Deep private equity coverage: With a dedicated sponsors coverage team, William Blair has deep ties into the private equity community which can benefit both them and sellers looking to be acquired by a private equity firm.
  • Investment in BDA gives it a leg up in Asia: William Blair made a strategic investment in BDA (www.bdapartners.com), a cross-border U.S-, Europe- and Asian-focused investment bank, that gives it unparalleled access and connections in Asia, a growing source of wealth and investment that can be tapped for potential investors or buyers.
  • Seven industry verticals: William Blair’s focus is on the consumer and retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrials, services and technology industries.
  • Best for Owners of privately held corporations, owners of publicly traded companies,, owners of family held businesses, executives at any type of middle market business,, representatives at private equity firms and family offices.

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William Blair Company Profile

Company Name:
William Blair
Year Founded:
222 West Adams Street
Postal Code:
United States