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At a Glance


“Amazing people and best culture in investment banking hands-down”

“Significant early responsibility immediately and continuous opportunities to learn”



“Hours can be long at times”

“Client demands”

“Not as well-known as competitors in certain areas”

About William Blair

William Blair is a global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. It is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in more than 20 cities on four continents. The firm helps corporations, financial sponsors, and owner/entrepreneurs around the world achieve their growth, liquidity, and financing objectives. Since the beginning of 2018, the firm has completed more than 1,400 transactions for clients totaling $700 billion in transaction value. Today, its research group covers more than 700 companies.

William Blair is consistently rated a top place to work in the financial services industry. In 2023, among its many honors, it was named a Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune. And in 2022, four of its deals were recognized at Mergers & Acquisitions’ annual Middle Market Deal of the Year Awards, and it earned a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index, which rates corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

William Blair is led by President and Chief Executive Officer Brent Gledhill, and of the firm’s 1,900 employees, approximately 240 are partners.

William Blair

The William Blair Building
150 North Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 236-1600

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Private
Chairman: John R. Ettelson
CEO: Brent Gledhill
2024 Employees (All Locations): 1,900

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Frankfurt, Germany
London, United Kingdom
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Charlotte, NC

Major Departments & Practices

Investment banking
Investment management
Private Wealth Management