Baird, an employee-owned international wealth management, asset management, investment banking, capital markets and private equity firm, and Arcano Partners, an independent financial advisory and asset management firm based in Spain, have formed an international alliance focused on advising on global mergers and acquisitions deals.

The alliance looks to improve each bank’s respective mergers and acquisitions offerings by using the firms’ combined geographic presence, client relationships and industry experience. Through the alliance, Arcano Partners’ investment banking clients will gain access to Baird’s team of over 400 investment bankers in the U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as a global financial sponsors team with experience in the private equity community. Additionally, Baird’s investment banking clients will gain access to Arcano’s local presence in Spain and Portugal and knowledge of potential buyers and sellers in Iberia.

“This strategic alliance broadens Baird’s global footprint and enhances our overall M&A franchise by strengthening our ability to serve clients in Spain and Portugal and is another example of how Baird continues to invest in its global investment banking platform,” says Brian McDonough, co-head of global investment banking at Baird.