Rothschild & Co names global head of Technology
Rothschild Global Advisory today announced that Chris Gaertner has joined the firm, effective August 7, 2017, as the global head of Technology and will lead the launch of the firm’s new office in the San Francisco Bay Area — the seventh Rothschild office in North America, and second to open in the past year.
He will be joined by Walid Khiari, who joins the firm as a managing director on its technology team.
With nearly 30 years of experience, Gaertner has significant depth and breadth within the technology sector, most recently with Credit Suisse as managing director and global head of Corporate Finance Technology Investment Banking.
Prior to Credit Suisse, Gaertner was a managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and held roles as head of Technology Investment Banking and head of Global Software and Enterprise Technology Investment Banking.
He was also previously a managing director and head of Global Software at Lehman Brothers. Over his career, Gaertner has advised a number of leading technology firms, including Microsoft, Intel, HP, Ansys, Cisco, Oracle, Lyft, Palantir, Dell, Google, Adobe, Apple, IBM and Amazon, among a host of others.
Gaertner holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and a bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
On the firm’s opening of its office in Silicon Valley, Robert Leitão, managing partner and head of Rothschild Global Advisory, said: “We have been serving clients in the San Francisco Bay Area for some time, and the opening of our office there will allow us to strengthen our team, ensuring that our clients continue to have access to the best people and advice.”
“The US and North American markets are a strategic priority for our firm, and this announcement demonstrates our commitment to the region. Following the opening of our Chicago office last year and the success of our team in Los Angeles over the past few years, Silicon Valley is another key piece in our plan to build out the business in the US,” Leitão added.