Ankura Capital Advisors is the investment banking division of Ankura Consulting Group, a privately-held provider of business advisory and professional services. Based in Chicago, Ankura is majority owned by Madison Dearborn Partners and operates on a global basis.
Ankura Capital Advisors, LLC (Member FINRA, SIPC) offers investment banking services related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures as well as private placement capital raises:
- M&A financial advisory for private and publicly traded companies, investment funds, and not-for-profit organizations
- Buy-side advisory
- Sell-side advisory (including dispositions of divisions and non-core assets)
- Private placement transactions: placement agent services in connection with the sale of equity, debt, and hybrid securities to financial investors and strategic partners
Benesch is an AmLaw 200 business law firm and limited liability partnership with offices in Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus, San Francisco, Wilmington, Hackensack and Shanghai. The firm is known for providing highly sophisticated legal services to national and international clients that include public and private, middle market and emerging companies, as well as private equity funds, entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organizations, trusts and estates.
Chris Swenson is a Managing Director with Ankura Capital Advisors in San Francisco where he focuses on privately negotiated financings and strategic advisory for life sciences companies.
Prior to joining Ankura, Chris most recently served as the head of healthcare private equity placements with Piper Jaffray, where he led Piper’s efforts to provide privately-held healthcare companies with privately negotiated financings. He previously was a director with MTS Health Partners, a healthcare-focused merchant bank, where he focused on privately negotiated financings for life science companies. Earlier in his career, Chris held positions with Banc of America Securities, MicroCapital, and Robertson Stephens. He began his professional career as a corporate and transactional attorney. Chris holds a MBA in finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law and an AB in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed attorney in California, Illinois and New York and holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.
Sara Shanti is a partner in Benesch’s Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Group. Sara represents health care providers and technology companies in matters related to data privacy and security, health care regulatory compliance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Sara’s practice focuses on counseling clients on various digital health matters, including artificial intelligence, breach notification, mobile applications, and telemedicine. Sara’s experience includes advising clients on transferring data across multi-national borders, implementing compliance programs, launching health apps, and responding to federal investigations and security incidents, including ransomeware attacks. Her experience extends to consumer and minor patient rights, medical staff relationships, and transactional matters.