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Chris Abbinante is co-leader of the firm’s Private Equity practice and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Chris represents private equity sponsors and corporate clients on complex transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, investments, joint ventures and other corporate matters. Over the past 20 years, Chris has represented a wide variety of private equity and corporate clients across a number of industries, including healthcare services, medical products and devices, specialty finance and other financial products and services, technology/e-commerce, media/entertainment, consumer and retail, and business services.
Prior to assuming leadership of the firm’s Private Equity practice, Chris was co-leader of Sidley’s Emerging Company practice. Chris continues to regularly work with emerging companies, entrepreneurs and growth capital investors in connection with their investment activities and corporate needs.
Chris has been recognized by numerous industry publications, including the following: Chambers USA (Corporate/M&A: Private Equity: 2017–2020); Law360 (recognized as a “rising star” in 2010 and one of the publication’s 10 corporate finance lawyers under 40 to watch); PLC Which Lawyer (recommended in the area of Private Equity/Venture Capital); The Best Lawyers in America (Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law: 2013–2019); The Best Lawyers in America (recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” – Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law); and The Legal 500 US (Private Equity Buyout: 2014–2017)
Alysa Craig has spent the majority of her 20-year career servicing middle market clients. To date, she has advised on more than $30 billion worth of M&A transactions across multiple industries and geographies.
Over the past decade, Ms. Craig has developed a particular expertise around special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”) and has become a recognized thought leader in the space. SPAC transactions are complex undertakings, which require both M&A and capital markets expertise. Alysa has advised on over $25 billion in SPAC deals, including signature transactions like Justice Holdings’ $8.1 billion merger with Burger King, which was named the 2012 M&A Advisor Deal of the Year. Within the last 12 months alone, she has led eight announced or completed SPAC transactions, including Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp’s $831 million merger with NRC Group (environmental services) and Haymaker Acquisition Corp’s $851 million merger with OneSpaWorld (consumer). Ms. Craig is responsible for both origination and execution when it comes to the SPAC product at Stifel, with particular emphasis on the M&A aspect. She is frequently asked to lead or join panels that discuss SPAC transactions and their role in the overall M&A landscape. Alysa was recently featured in a Stifel-wide social media campaign (see attached), designed to educate the broader institutional investment community about the benefits of SPACs.
A past winner of the “40 under 40” M&A Advisor Recognition Award, Alysa is also actively involved in a number of women’s initiatives both inside and outside of Stifel. She is a member of the executive committee of the WIN Network at Stifel, a program designed to engage, equip, and empower women throughout the firm to recognize their value, set goals, and reach their potential in both their personal and professional lives. Alysa is an active member of the Wharton Women in Business Alumni network, and a member of 100 Women in Finance. Despite her busy schedule, Alysa sets aside significant time to mentor aspiring young women and has been a passionate advocate for diversity as a leader in on-campus recruiting.
Ben joined GTCR in 2008 and is currently a Managing Director of the firm. Prior to joining GTCR, he worked as a Venture Capitalist at Alta Partners, as well as an Investment Banking Associate at JMP Securities and an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at J.P. Morgan (formerly Hambrecht & Quist). He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in history magna cum laude from Colgate University. Ben also holds a master’s degree in biotechnology from the School of Applied Sciences & Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is currently a Director of Albany Molecular Research, Cole Parmer, Corza Health, Maravai LifeSciences and TerSera. Ben was previously a Director of past GTCR investments including Actient Pharmaceuticals, Cord Blood Registry, Crealta Pharmaceuticals, Devicor Medical Products, GeneraMedix, Sterigenics and XIFIN. In addition, Ben was involved in transactions with past GTCR investments ATI Physical Therapy and Graceway Pharmaceuticals.
Ben is active in the community and serves on the executive board of Spark Program, a national non-profit that provides transformative apprenticeships for at-risk middle-school students.
Mark Williams is Chief Revenue Officer, Americas at Datasite, a position he has held since 2015. In his role, Mark is responsible for setting and executing the sales strategy across the region, including leading over 130 sales representatives and sales leaders across the United States, Canada and Latin America. He is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to joining Datasite, Mark held several sales leadership roles in a variety of SaaS companies. Most recently, he served as Chief Revenue Officer at SmartFocus, a cloud-based digital marketing platform provider. Prior, Mark was Vice President of Sales for Kno, an Andreesen Horowitz backed Education Technology startup, acquired by Intel. Mark graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Humberside University, England.
Tom heads Mergermarket and Dealreporter’s editorial operations across the Americas, overseeing the products’
combined team of over 50 reporters across the region that specialize in M&A and capital markets coverage. As well
as managing regional editors and hiring key staff, Tom is responsible for identifying new coverage areas. Before
becoming Managing Editor for the Americas in 2015, Tom was Managing Editor of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2012
he notably launched the successful ECM product. Prior to joining the Mergermarket Group, Tom wrote on capital
markets and private equity for a legal media organization in London. Tom holds a BA from Manchester University