Specialty investment bank Ziegler hired Christopher Utz as a director on its corporate finance team. Utz will be based in the New York office and focus on complex structured senior housing transactions, financial advisory and mergers and acquisitions.

“I’m very excited to join the Ziegler team. The breadth of Ziegler’s healthcare and senior living franchise and the long-term, client-relationship driven culture, ideally aligns with my historic corporate finance practice as well as my future growth objectives,” said Utz.

Over the course of his career, Utz has completed more than 30 corporate finance and private equity related transactions totaling over $3 billion in aggregate deal value. Prior to joining Ziegler, he was a managing director at Pinta Capital Partners where he was responsible for transaction sourcing, deal execution and the monitoring of portfolio companies. Utz also held corporate finance and banking positions with CIT, Greystone, Fifth Street Finance, BNY Mellon and Merrill Lynch.

Don Husi, managing director and co-head of Ziegler’s Proprietary Senior Living, stated, “I am thrilled to have Chris join our team. His addition reinforces our ongoing commitment to be one of the leading investment banks to the healthcare community. Chris has provided insightful advice to his clients through capital planning and strategic advice.”