Former Goldman dealmaker Jim Conniff returns to Baird


Jim Conniff, a former director of Baird’s Industrial Investment Banking team, has rejoined the US mid-market firm from Goldman Sachs to focus on industrial companies as a managing director.

Conniff will join the firm’s Investment Banking Industrial team in Chicago as a managing director, focusing on coverage of large, diversified Industrial companies.

He returns to Baird from Goldman Sachs where he was a senior member of the merchant banking giant’s Industrial Banking team.

Prior to that he was a director in Baird’s Industrial Investment Banking team, where he supported origination, execution and idea generation for M&A and capital raising assignments.

“We are very pleased that Jim has decided to return to Baird to continue his career,” said Paul Rogalski, head of Baird’s Consumer and Industrial Investment Banking teams.

“He has extensive experience with and knowledge of the Industrial space – particularly with large, diversified Midwestern companies.

“We are excited for and confident of the contributions he will make to the team as he works alongside our existing Industrial bankers.”

The appointment follows the addition of several senior level bankers, including Chris Harned in Milwaukee, Paul Bail and Jonathan Bourn in London, Jason Abt and Owen Hart in San Francisco, Jim Hemmer and Rob Rosenfeld in Chicago and David Schechner in Boston.

Baird’s Investment Banking department posted record revenues in 2011, 42 per cent higher than the firm’s previous record set in 2007.

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