Top 50: Americas M&A Investment Bankers

“Distinction in Dealmaking”

Published exclusively by Global M&A Network, the 9th annual list profiles highly respected, successful, and innovative group of 50 investment bankers from the Americas mergers and acquisitions communities. 85 firms and 490 professionals were reviewed for the current A-list.

All transactions are truly a team effort, and inclusion in the A-list also validates the firms’ leadership and record of closing value-creating transactions irrespective of deal size. We have range of identifiable criteria for making the often-hard editorial decisions.

Congratulations: Top 50 M&A Investment Bankers, and the firm’s they represent!

George is an internationally recognized advisor to companies particularly in the transportation sector. His recent significant and M&A Atlas Award winning deals include advising the Canadian Pacific Railway Board of Directors on its $29 billion acquisition of Kansas City Southern, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe on its $44 billion sale to Berkshire Hathaway (2011). George was awarded the prestigious “Investment Banker of the Year” accolade at the Americas M&A Atlas Awards (January 2023).

Bruno Amaral

Bruno has over twenty-two years of experience in the investment banking industry. He joined BTG Pactual in 2009 from Credit Suisse. Previously, he worked at the investment banking divisions of BNP Paribas in São Paulo and Paris, Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup) in São Paulo and New York.

Felipe Bittencourt

Felipe is responsible for the Mergers, Acquisition and Capital Market department. From 2008 to 2009, he was at UBS Pactual Gestora de Investimentos Alternativos, where he was responsible for sourcing, managing and analyzing investments in private and publicly traded companies. From 1998 to 2008 he was VP at JP Morgan’s Corporate Finance department initially in Brazil and, later on, in New York. Felipe is a winner of the prestigious “Investment Banker” accolade at the Americas M&A Atlas Awards (virtual 2020).

Peter Bowden

Pete is widely recognized for his vast experience, having advised on several of the most significant mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in the Energy and in particular the Midstream sub-sector over the past many years. He joined Jefferies from Morgan Stanley in 2012. He began his career as an attorney at Andrews Kurth, LLP.

William Burgess

Bill has extensive financial industry experience and maintains a specific focus on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for depositories and insurance institutions. Previously, he was a principal and co-head of Investment Banking at Sandler O’Neill + Partners. Prior to joining Sandler O’Neill, he was a managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Burgess was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1994-1998.

Marco Caggiano

Marco has been advising on U.S and cross-border M&A transactions for over 22 years. He focuses on the media, digital media and communications sectors and has advised on over $350 billion of transactions. Recent notable transactions include advising Twitter on its sale to Elon Musk and Discovery on its merger with Warner Media.

Robert has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, venture capital, private equity and corporate finance, and has been the lead banker in hundreds of M&A transactions aggregating billions of dollars throughout his career. A highly sought-after adviser and strategist to senior healthcare executives across the country, Mr. Ciardi’s transactional experience has proved invaluable to a myriad of clients in all sectors of healthcare services.

Daniel Connolly

Dan joined William Blair’s investment banking team in 1999 where he had previously served as head of technology M&A and head of software banking. Prior to William Blair, he worked for Merrill Lynch & Co. and Kidder, Peabody.

Joe has over 30 years' experience in investment banking, primarily focusing on the information services and media sectors. Prior to joining DC, Joe was Co-CEO of Sagent Advisors (acquired by DC Advisory in 2018), before which he had held roles at Gleacher & Company, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley.

William E. Edwards

Will has spent his career focused on mergers & acquisitions and strategic advisory across several industries, particularly the Food & Consumer Products industries. Notable and the M&A Atlas Award winning deals advised by Will includes Conagra Brands acquisition of Pinnacle Foods and Kraft merger with Heinz. Prior to joining Centerview at its inception, he was at Dresner Kleinwort Wasserstein.