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Financial Sponsors Group

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Financial Sponsor Relationships

Our financial sponsors group maintains a broad network of relationships with middle market financial sponsors. More than 300 private equity groups have been clients and/or buyers, with funds ranging between $150 million and $5 billion.


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David Santoni

Managing Director, Head of Financial Sponsors Group

+1 612 371 6529


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Steven R. Tipler

Managing Director, Co-Head of North American Private Equity Coverage

+1 612 371 6559


Areas of Expertise

Financial Sponsor Relationships

Our financial sponsors group is responsible for optimizing and integrating interactions with Lazard's middle market industry teams, including:

- Improve access to sell-side deal flow
- Coordinate activity across sectors and product groups, delivering Lazard's global resources
- Assist in navigating through our competitive sell-side auctions to help sponsors use time wisely and improve win rates
- Build long-term institutional partnerships and deep individual relationships to establish trust and productive follow-through

Recent Select Transactions


Acquisition by Stonepeak of Astound Broadband


Sale of Otelco to Oak Hill Capital

26 Jan 2021

Placement of Senior Secured Credit Facility for Karman Missile & Space Systems

04 Jan 2021

Sale of Gardner-Gibson on its sale to ICP Group, a portfolio company of Audax Group

31 Dec 2020

Acquisition by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners of Calcium Products

14 Dec 2020

Sale of i3 Broadband, a portfolio company of Seaport Capital, to Wren House Infrastructure

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