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
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.