William Blair Continues European Expansion

Adds Veteran Investment Banker Maarten Meurs

CHICAGO & FRANKFURT & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–William
Blair,
a premier global boutique with expertise in investment
banking, investment management, and private wealth management, today
announced the hiring of Maarten Meurs as a managing director. Mr. Meurs
joins the firm’s Financial Sponsors Group, where he will team with
William Blair’s various industry sector experts to continue the firm’s
strong growth in the Benelux region.

We have expanded our European presence by more than doubling the size
of our team over the past five years and now have more than 85
investment banking team members based in Europe,” said Anu Sharma, head
of European investment banking. “We have a long history of serving
Benelux clients with exceptional outcomes, and are excited to continue
the strong transaction momentum with Maarten focused on the region.”

Mr. Meurs, with more than 16 years of industry experience, joins William
Blair from ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam. Most recently, he was executive
director of corporate finance leading M&A transactions. Prior to that,
he held various positions with the Royal Bank of Scotland and its
predecessor ABN AMRO Bank within its investment banking department. Mr.
Meurs earned his M.Sc. in economics from the University of Groningen.

Maarten brings a breadth of capabilities and senior-level private
equity market expertise, making him a great addition to William Blair’s
talented Financial Sponsors Group,” said Brandon Lower, global head of
the Financial
Sponsors Group
. “He has a long track record of successfully working
with financial sponsors and providing trusted advice and innovative
solutions.”

William Blair is a highly respected leader in M&A advisory, and I am
honored with the opportunity to serve the Benelux financial sponsor
community. I believe the firm is well positioned to continue expanding
its global client base through its world-class advisory services,” said
Mr. Meurs.

In 2018, William
Blair
was the No. 1 advisor to sponsor-related deals for
transactions under $2 billion¹. Over the past five years, William Blair
has been one of the most active M&A advisors in Benelux, completing 30
advisory engagements with a total aggregate transaction value of more
than €6.4 billion.

About William Blair

William Blair is a premier global boutique with expertise in investment
banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We
provide advisory services, strategies, and solutions to meet our
clients’ evolving needs. As an independent and employee-owned firm,
together with our strategic partners, we operate in more than 20 offices
worldwide.* For more information, please visit williamblair.com.

*Includes strategic partnerships with Allier Capital, BDA Partners, and
Poalim Capital Markets.

¹Mergermarket 2018

Contacts

Tony Zimmer
William Blair & Company, L.L.C.
312-364-8611
tzimmer@williamblair.com

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