Baird appoints new head of DACH investment banking, Frankfurt

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Baird has announced that it has expanded its European Investment Banking group with the appointment of Thomas Fetzer as Managing Director and Head of DACH Investment Banking in Frankfurt.

In the newly created role, Fetzer will help accelerate Baird’s growing market share in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, leveraging the firm’s global investment banking platform of deep industry expertise, product knowledge and financial sponsor coverage on behalf of its clients in the region.

Fetzer was most recently European Head of Industrials Investment Banking at Jefferies International in Frankfurt where he was responsible for the firm’s regional investment banking activities across a broad range of Industrial sectors. Prior to Jefferies, he spent four years as a Managing Director in the Global Industrials Group at UBS Investment Bank in London and six years as Principal at Greenhill where he was a founding member of the firm’s Frankfurt office. Fetzer earned a BA in European Business Administration from the European School of Business, Reutlingen (D) and London and an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston.

Fetzer’s appointment illustrates the ongoing growth and success of Baird’s advisory business in the DACH region and Europe more broadly. Most recently, Baird advised on the sale of SimonsVoss Technologies to Allegion, the acquisition of Weener Plastic Packaging by 3i and the sale of avocis to Capita. Fetzer is also the third senior addition to Baird’s European Investment Banking team since July. Baird recently announced that Julien Darmon had rejoined the firm as a Managing Director, focusing on the Industrial sector, and that it was expanding its global healthcare investment banking coverage with theappointment of Vincenzo Di Nicola.

'Thomas is a tremendous addition to our global investment banking team and we are very pleased that he’s decided to continue his career at Baird', said David Silver, Head of European Investment Banking. 'His extensive industry and M&A expertise complements and enhances Baird’s offering, and his successful track record advising clients in the DACH region makes him extremely well suited for this new leadership role.

'We think there is great opportunity for Baird to accelerate its growing market share in the DACH region, and with Thomas’ unique knowledge and skill set, we’re confident of our ability achieve that goal'.

Baird’s Global Investment Banking business had a record 2014:

  • Completed 222 global advisory and financing transactions, including 79 M&A deals and a record $6bn in buy-side M&A
  • Achieved record global revenues – up nearly 25% from the previous year
  • Delivered an average European sell-side multiple of 10.4x

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