William Blair has hired Jerome Wallace and Brian Williams to lead the firm’s fund placement and advisory practice.

Wallace and Williams have worked together for 13 years and collectively have more than 30 years of private markets experience advising financial sponsors on primary, secondary and direct transactions, raising over $200 billion in capital across more than 150 client mandates. Before joining William Blair, they were members of the senior leadership team of the Credit Suisse private fund group, where they served as managing directors and co-heads of Amercias distribution and had coverage responsibility for influential institutional investors in the U.S. and Canada.

“Our expansion of fund placement and advisory provides financial sponsors with an even broader suite of solutions tailored to their unique needs across all stages of the private equity lifecycle, including fundraising, fund management, portfolio management, and portfolio company alternatives,” comments Brandon Lower, head of Financial Sponsors at William Blair. “Jerome and Brian are proven business leaders with an outstanding network of GP and LP relationships.”