Chicago-based William Blair added William Kallop as managing director of the firm’s consumer and retail group.
Kallop will focus on clients across the consumer and retail sector, including consumer services, food and beverage, and enthusiast brands. He joins from Goldman Sachs, where he was a managing director in the consumer/retail and cross markets groups within the investment banking division and served as co-COO of the GS Veterans Network. He brings experience across the advisory landscape, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, IPOs, joint ventures, raid defense, spin-offs, divestitures and other strategic financing solutions for both sell-side and buy-side transactions.
“We are thrilled to welcome Will as a senior member of William Blair’s consumer and retail team,” said Adam Filkin, head of consumer and retail investment banking at William Blair. “His deep experience and relationships across the consumer and retail space will complement our existing leading capabilities and our ability to continue to deliver best-in-class outcomes for our clients.”
According to William Blair, Kallop’s relationship network connects clients from consumer products, consumer services, food and beverage companies with private equity, institutional and other strategic investors.
“I have long admired William Blair as a competitor and am honored to join this extraordinary team of bankers,” said Kallop. “As trusted advisors to company founders, CEOs, and owners, this team is renowned for delivering the very best outcomes for clients. I look forward to applying my experience and relationships to contribute to this team’s continued leadership in the space and to help drive further growth of William Blair’s consumer and retail franchise.”