What led you to a career in the deal-making industry?
I basically fell into it. I got my first finance job because Bank of America’s leveraged finance group was looking for someone with a CPA and finance background and perhaps there was a little pressure to add diversity to the group? I will never forget the team meeting on my first day of work – me and 16 other guys! Fast forward 16 years, I jumped at the chance to join the principal side at TSCP.
How does diversity add value in the deal-making process?
Diversity and an inclusive decision-making process provide broader perspectives, and a more robust and thoughtful discussion and analysis.
The most memorable deal I worked on....
Early on in my career, I was fortunate to work on the largest leveraged hostile takeover ever completed at that time and was in the presence of some of the most brilliant minds of M&A - it was intimidating. But the other memorable deal was a great learning experience in patience and creativity when things don’t go well.
Advice for achieving success in the industry....
I wish someone earlier on in my career told me to “use being a woman” to your advantage in a male dominated industry; play well in the sandbox, always be prepared, and don’t be shy about voicing your opinion.
Liz has over 25 years of experience in capital markets, leveraged finance, and restructuring and currently leads Capital Markets at Thompson Street Capital Partners. While at TSCP, she has raised capital for close to 100 platforms and add-on investments, sits on several boards and is a rotating investment committee member. Prior to TSCP, she was a partner at Giuliani Capital Advisors and a Managing Director at Bank of America. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the foster care system in St. Louis, Missouri.
Location: Thompson Street Capital Partners, St. Louis, Missouri, United States.
Education: M.B.A from New York University and B.S from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.