William Blair, a global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management and private wealth management, added five senior hires to its investment banking group in Europe.
Eric Sanschagrin and Daniel Fiegenschuh joined William Blair as a managing director and director in the technology group, respectively, while Manuel Sammut was appointed a managing director covering tech-enabled services and Alex Murrill was named a managing director covering specialty distribution, commercial services and industrials. Lastly, Shane Dulabdas joined the company as a director in the firm’s debt advisory group. Cumulatively, the hires bring more than eight decades of European investment banking experience.
“I am delighted to welcome Eric, Daniel, Manuel, Alex and Shane to William Blair,” Anu Sharma, head of European investment banking for William Blair, said. “They are all highly credentialed and bring differing yet complementary expertise to our global investment banking team as we continue our momentum in Europe. As senior leaders, they will work with our growing team across the region to serve our clients with world-class, holistic and long-term advice. Our clients will benefit tremendously from their networks, diverse experience and insights.”
The five appointments build upon the recent growth of William Blair’s investment banking group. In 2021, the group experienced a company-record-breaking year of impact for clients globally, unlocking more than $290 billion in capital value and executing more than 485 advisory and capital markets transactions. William Blair was also recently named the winner of the 2022 European Corporate Finance House of the Year award at Real Deals’ Private Equity Awards.
Sanschagrin most recently served as a partner and technology sector leader for EY’s EMEIA strategy and transactions unit and has held senior technology investment banking roles at Piper Jaffray and Citigroup.
Fiegenschuh has experience working in the technology sector, having most recently served as an associate partner in EY’s EMEIA strategy and transactions unit.
Sammut joined William Blair with 17 years of experience advising corporates, owners/entrepreneurs and private equity funds. He spent 11 years at DC Advisory, where he advised clients on multiple transactions. Most recently, Sammut was a partner at KPMG, where he led and built out the business and tech-enabled services M&A practice.
Murrill has more than 16 years of M&A and equity capital markets experience representing private equity-backed and publicly and privately owned businesses in the specialty distribution, industrial technology and building technology sectors. He was previously a director in the global industrial investment banking group at Baird.
Dulabdas is an accomplished debt advisor, having gained more than 11 years of experience advising corporate and private equity clients across a range of transactions, such as acquisition financing, restructurings and debt refinancing. He joined from Houlihan Lokey (previously GCA Altium), where he served as a director in the debt advisory team.