Global investment bank William Blair has formed a strategic alliance with financial advisory firm Allier Capital, allowing for an expansion into the Australian marketplace. Together, they will offer clients assistance in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings in the U.S. securities markets, advisory services and private placements.
The investment bank also established a strategic alliance with Business Development Asia LLC (BDA) through the minority stake it acquired in 2011, giving it access to Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Vietnam and India. The bank has also established clients in North America, Latin America and Europe. With its relationship with Allier, it now has access to “a place that we have looked at for a number of years” and Allier is the perfect pairing, Brent Gledhill, global head of investment banking, tells Mergers & Acquisitions in this Q&A. And for Allier Capital--known for advising on M&A, equity and debt raisings--and the firm’s managing director Matthew Stubbs, forming the partnership with William Blair also has its advantages, Gledhill notes.