Mr. Richards will work from the firm's US headquarters in New York City, as well as maintain a presence in Chicago.
"I am pleased to welcome Geoff to Canaccord Genuity's investment banking team," said Dan Daviau, President of Canaccord Genuity Inc. (US). "With over 18 years of complex transaction experience, Geoff's knowledge and role expands our restructuring capabilities in the US and builds off of the leading restructuring practice Canaccord Genuity has built in Canada and the UK."
Mr. Richards will focus on a broad range of assignments, including restructuring, financing and distressed mergers and acquisition engagements, both in and outside Chapter 11. He has advised domestic and multinational public and private companies, private equity sponsors, hedge funds, purchasers of distressed assets and businesses, key secured and unsecured creditors, DIP lenders, and creditors' committees.
"I look forward to working with the investment banking teams in Canaccord Genuity's US and international offices and to continuing to help clients find creative solutions to their financial needs," said Mr. Richards. "I am excited to be joining the firm as it continues its global expansion and extends its international reach."
Mr. Richards was most recently Head of the Special Situations & Restructuring Group at William Blair & Company. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director at Giuliani Capital Advisors LLC and a Partner in the Kirkland & Ellis LLP restructuring practice since 2002. Since 2001, Mr. Richards has taught corporate restructuring as an adjunct professor at Northwestern UniversitySchool of Law.
"Our new US special situations and restructuring practice will enhance our significant presence in Europe and Canada where we see an increasing number of cross border restructuring opportunities", commented Barry Goldberg, Managing Director & Global Head of M&A & Restructuring. "I am looking forward to working with Geoff and the team he is building in the US."