Harris Williams & Co. Ltd. Continues to Expand its European Advisory Capabilities: Senior Professionals Join Consumer Group in London

January 4, 2016

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for 25 years, announces that it has hired two senior professionals in its London office. Edward Arkus joins as a managing director and William Bain as a director; both are joining the firm’s Consumer Group. In addition to hiring Arkus and Bain, Harris Williams & Co. has engaged Christopher Darlington as a senior advisor to support and augment the firm’s consumer industry insight and expertise. The firm’s Consumer Group completed more than 20 transactions in 2015 and enters 2016 with a strong pipeline.

Arkus and Bain both have strong advisory backgrounds in the consumer, retail and leisure sectors with more than 18 and 13 years of experience, respectively. Prior to joining Harris Williams & Co., Arkus and Bain helped establish the Consumer Group at Hawkpoint (acquired by Canaccord in 2012) into a leading practice in the European mid-market. Darlington was a longtime managing director within Hawkpoint’s Consumer Group and more recently has served as a senior advisor at Canaccord.

“Harris Williams & Co. has consistently invested in growing its European advisory practice by hiring the highest caliber professionals,” said Thierry Monjauze, a managing director in Harris Williams & Co.’s London office. “We are thrilled to have Ed and Will join our team; they will be key contributors to the firm’s continued international success. In addition, Christopher will be an enormously valuable resource with whom we are eager to begin a fruitful partnership.”

“Ed, Christopher and Will bring a tremendous amount of industry expertise, are well respected in Europe and will enhance our firm’s presence in the market,” added John Neuner, a managing director in the firm’s Consumer Group. “Expanding the Consumer Group’s platform to include such a strong team based in London allows us to build upon the momentum and robust deal flow we have experienced over the past several years in the consumer sector.”

“I am excited to be joining such a reputable firm focused on advisory services with great depth and expertise in the consumer sector,” added Arkus, a managing director in the firm’s Consumer Group. “We are looking forward to working with Thierry, John and the rest of the team in both London and Germany to grow the firm’s European practice and Consumer Group activity across the globe.”

Harris Williams & Co. (www.harriswilliams.com), a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC), is a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide.  The firm has deep industry knowledge, global transaction expertise, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.  Harris Williams & Co. provides sell-side and acquisition advisory, restructuring advisory, board advisory, private placements and capital markets advisory services.

Investment banking services are provided by Harris Williams LLC, a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC, and Harris Williams & Co. Ltd, which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  Harris Williams & Co. is a trade name under which Harris Williams LLC and Harris Williams & Co. Ltd conduct business.