Baird appoints Investec debt advisory specialist

Baird, an international investment banking, private equity, wealth and asset management firm, is set to appoint Paul Bail as a managing director to its Investment Banking team in London.

The appointment expands the firm’s debt advisory offering. Bail will officially join Baird on February 1, and will focus expanding Baird’s debt advisory offering to its European clients.

Bail joins from Investec, where he was head of Debt Advisory – Private Equity transactions. Previously, he was head of the Financial Sponsors Group at Barclays Bank Group. At Barclays, Bail also served as Board Director of Barclays Financial Investments, the fund investment vehicle for Barclays fund investments.  He also spent 8 years at Bank of America and 7 years at TSB Group in various Financial Sponsor and Corporate Finance roles.

Bail’s appointment affirms the growing strength of Baird Investment Banking in Europe and around the globe, says Baird. “In a year when many investment banks struggled, Baird’s investment banking business had a record 2011, with revenues up nearly 50% from 2010. The business announced a record 73 M&A deals in 2011, 27 of which were in Europe, and has plans to continue recruiting top talent into 2012.”

David Silver, Head of Baird’s European Investment Banking team, commented: “Paul has an excellent reputation in the banking market as both a lender and an adviser. He is a team player and fits very well with Baird’s culture. His strong track record in providing debt advisory services and his deep relationships with financial sponsor groups makes him an exciting addition to Baird’s platform in Europe.

Baird will continue recruiting in 2012, it says. “Of particular interest to us will be seasoned, sell-side oriented bankers in London and Frankfurt, with deep private equity relationships and/or sector knowledge in our core areas of focus – Industrials, Business Services, Consumer and Technology. Our stability, private ownership, culture, clear strategy and strong momentum combine to offer a highly attractive and sustainable platform.”

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