William Blair, the premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management, announced today the continued growth of the firm’s Private Capital Advisory team with the addition of Daniel Budde as a senior director based in Boston focused on fund placement and secondary advisory.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Dan to William Blair’s Private Capital Advisory team, where he will contribute to our holistic private capital solutions for clients,” said Mike Custar, Jerome Wallace, and Brian Williams, co-heads of Private Capital Advisory at William Blair. “Dan has an exceptional reputation and broad network among both private equity managers and limited partners and will be an invaluable resource to our group and our clients as we continue to broaden and strengthen our business.”

Before joining William Blair, Budde was a senior managing director at Manulife Investment Management, where he was responsible for overseeing the growth of its private equity fund portfolio to approximately $9 billion over the course of 17 years. At Manulife, Budde served on that firm’s investment committees for mezzanine lending, primary and secondary fund investments, equity co-investments, and GP-led secondary investments.

“I am thrilled to join William Blair’s Private Capital Advisory team and support the group’s fund placement and advisory resources while contributing to its growth and commitment to client service,” Budde said. “As an LP for 17 years, I had the privilege of working with many of the professionals on the Private Capital Advisory team and I can confidently state that the team William Blair has assembled is truly exceptional. The Private Capital Advisory team delivers the highest-quality strategic solutions to financial sponsors executing the most sophisticated and industry-shaping transactions in the market today.”

William Blair’s Private Capital Advisory was founded in 2022 and today consists of nearly 40 professionals across seven offices in the United States and Europe. The team is led by co-heads Mike Custar, Jerome Wallace, and Brian Williams.

About William Blair Investment Banking

William Blair’s investment banking group enables corporations, financial sponsors, and owner/entrepreneurs around the world to achieve their growth, liquidity, and financing objectives. Drawing on the collective intellectual capital and deep sector expertise of a global team that reaches over 20 cities on four continents, the investment banking group brings a rigorous and innovative approach to corporate board advisory projects, mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt financing. From January 2019 to December 2023, the team advised on more than $745 billion in completed transaction volume.

About William Blair

William Blair is the premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We provide advisory services, strategies, and solutions to meet our clients’ evolving needs. As an independent and employee-owned firm, together with our strategic partners, we operate in more than 20 offices worldwide.*

*Includes strategic partnerships with Allier Capital, BDA Partners, and Poalim Capital Markets.