Expansion permeated every aspect of Harris Williams & Co.’s dealmaking activity throughout 2016, which marked the investment bank’s 25th year in business. The investment bank advised on 13 percent more transactions than the previous year. Aggregate transaction value was the highest in the firm’s history, up 15 percent from the previous year. The firm’s headcount also grew, as did its geographical footprint, with the opening of its Washington, D.C., office.
“2016 was a milestone year,” said co-founder and managing director Hiter Harris in an interview. “We have seen other banks come and go, making it 25 years is a big deal. We have been leading the market for a long time now. You can see by the stability of our firm and the depth of people we have built something different. We are very proud of it.”