Mark Watt Joins William Blair & Company

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					Mark Watt Joins William Blair & Company
March 04, 2010 04:52 PM Eastern Time  

CHICAGO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--William Blair & Company today announced that Mark Watt has
joined the firm’s technology investment banking group as head of Internet and digital media banking. Mr. Watt will
be based in the firm’s San Francisco office and will be responsible for expanding the firm’s investment banking
services to public and emerging growth companies in the Internet and digital media sector by offering public and
private financing and merger-and-acquisition advisory. Mr. Watt joins William Blair & Company with 14 years of
investment banking experience, having advised on more than $10 billion of equity and debt financings, as well as
more than $20 billion of mergers and acquisitions.

“William Blair & Company continues to invest in talent, expanding our presence across high growth global sectors.
Mark Watt represents a strong addition to the firm's technology expertise and complements the industry-leading
capabilities of our technology equity research group,” said Brent Gledhill, global head of Corporate Finance. “We
are excited to see our technology franchise continue to grow, as we add more bankers and client relationships.” 

Mr. Watt joins the technology investment banking group from America’s Growth Capital, where he was a partner.
Before that, Mr. Watt was a managing director at TriplePoint Capital, and also spent seven years with Merrill Lynch
& Co, Inc. He received a CA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and an LLB from the University of
Aberdeen, both in Scotland, United Kingdom.

Since 2006, William Blair & Company’s technology banking group has completed more than 135 transactions with
a combined enterprise value of approximately $27.5 billion. Currently, the firm’s equity research group covers 425
companies, with nearly 100 from the technology sector.

William Blair & Company, L.L.C. is a global investment firm offering investment banking, asset management, equity
research, institutional and private brokerage, and private capital to individual, institutional, and issuing clients. Since
1935, we have been committed to helping clients achieve their financial objectives. William Blair & Company is
based in Chicago, with office locations including Boston, London, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo, and
Zurich. For more information, please visit www.williamblair.com.

For important disclosure information, please visit: http://www.williamblair.com/Pages/news_story_dept.asp?
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Contacts
Tony Zimmer
William Blair & Company, L.L.C.
312-364-8611
tzimmer@williamblair.com

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