Eaton Partners Hires McLeod In Direct Investments Push

Jul 11 2017 | 10:11pm ET

Placement agent Eaton Partners has appointed former Stifel Financial executive Bill McLeod as a managing director.

In his new role, McLeod will focus on growing Eaton Partners' direct private capital raising platform, advising clients on strategy and providing direct opportunities to investors across the globe, the company said in a statement. In addition, he will expand Eaton's origination efforts in the acquisition of new fund clients across the full range of alternative investment strategies.

McLeod will be based out of Stifel’s San Francisco office, establishing the eighth global office location for Eaton.

McLeod is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of capital markets and investment banking experience. Before joining Eaton, he was a senior managing director in Stifel's Equities Group, where he was instrumental in the integration of Eaton with the broader Stifel platform since the 2016 acquisition. He joined Stifel when the firm acquired Thomas Weisel Partners in July 2010, where he previously led the capital markets and investment teams for over six years. Beforehand, he was co-head of U.S. equity capital markets at Banc of America Securities held numerous roles at J.P. Morgan in New York. 

"We are thrilled to have Bill join the Eaton team,” said Charlie Eaton, partner at Eaton Partners, in the statement. “His deep industry expertise and set of relationships makes him uniquely qualified to develop our direct investment platform.”

In April, Eaton Partners announced the formation of a team dedicated to direct capital raising, providing opportunities to institutional clients who are pursuing investments outside of the traditional commingled fund structure. 

Founded in 1983, Eaton Partners is one of the world’s largest placement agents and advisory firms for private fund sponsors. In January 2016, it became a wholly owned subsidiary and affiliate of Stifel Financial Corporation. In addition to the new San Francisco location, Eaton Partners has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Rowayton, San Diego, and Shanghai. 

Since inception, Eaton has participated in raising more than $75 billion of institutional capital across over 100 highly differentiated alternative investment funds and offerings, including limited partnership interests, general partner interests, co-investments and direct investment opportunities. 

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