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William Blair opens in Madrid

As it adds investment capabilities to its Swiss offering

Financial services firm William Blair has signalled its intention to expand its European footprint by opening an office in Madrid.

In addition to its new Spanish office, the firm said it is adding investment banking capabilities to its business in Zurich. There will be an initial focus, said the firm, on healthcare within the Swiss office.

The Madrid office will be led by Álvaro Hernández, managing director and head of Iberia coverage within the financial sponsors group. Hernández joined the firm’s London office in 2019, advising private equity funds and management teams, as well as both public and private multinational and local-market companies, on domestic and cross-border transactions.

According to the firm’s website, Hernandez joined William Blair’s investment banking team in 2019. Previously, he worked for PwC Corporate Finance, Rothschild, and Societe Generale.

Anu Sharma, head of European investment banking, said: “William Blair’s investment banking momentum in Europe continues, and I’m excited to build an on-the-ground presence in Iberia through the establishment of an office in Madrid, and enhance our capabilities from our Zurich office.”

He added: “Leading with a sector-first approach and a globally integrated team, we have a proven model of generating exceptional outcomes for our European clients.”

William Blair Madrid is a full branch of William Blair International Limited conducting non-regulated activities. William Blair International GmbH is a subsidiary of William Blair International Limited in Zurich.

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