Lazard Middle Market, a subsidiary of Lazard Ltd., announced that Doug Lawson has joined the firm as a managing director and head of Packaging within its Industrials Group.

“Doug has established a national reputation in the packaging sector, having advised on many of the most notable middle market transactions in the sector in recent years,” said Bob Frost, head of the Industrial Group for Lazard Middle Market.

Lawson’s investment banking experience includes sale and buy-side advisory mandates, leveraged buyouts, and fairness opinions for a wide variety of clients, including private equity groups, public companies, and privately owned businesses.

Prior to joining Lazard, Lawson was a managing director and head of the Packaging Group at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago, where he established and led the firm