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John M. Butler

Principal, Investment Banking

John M. Butler is a Principal in the Investment Banking Group at Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. He specializes in providing strategic advice to insurance underwriters, wholesale and retail insurance brokers and other insurance-related service providers, including MGAs, TPAs and VSC / warranty companies. Mr. Butler has more than 20 years of experience as an investment banker to the financial services industry.

Since joining Sandler O’Neill in 2011, Mr. Butler has advised clients on a wide range of transactions, including the following: LSG Insurance Partners on its sale to A.J. Gallagher; Southfield Capital portfolio company, Spectrum Automotive, on its sale to Cornell Capital; Relation Insurance Services on its sale to Aquiline Capital Partners; Kohlberg & Co. portfolio company, U.S. Risk, on its sale to USI Insurance Holdings; Crestview Partners on its investment in Protect My Car (PMC); Lovell Minnick in connection with its acquisition of National Auto Care (NAC); MAPFRE on the sale of its New York insurance company and renewal rights in selected states; United States Warranty Corp. on its sale to Protective Life Corporation; Odyssey Investment Partners on its acquisition of Integro, Ltd.; Arsenal Capital Partners portfolio company, Breckenridge, on its sale to W.R. Berkley; Fortegra Financial on the sale of Bliss & Glennon and to AmWINS Group; and SeaBright Holdings on its sale to Enstar Group.

Mr. Butler has advised on transactions involving insurance-related portfolio companies for private equity firms including Arsenal Capital, Century Capital, Kohlberg & Co., Odyssey Investment Partners, Parthenon Capital, Pine Brook Capital, Southfield Capital and Summit Partners, among others.

Mr. Butler has also executed numerous capital raising transactions for publicly-listed and privately-held insurance companies, including underwritten equity offerings for Atlas Financial Holdings, Heritage Insurance, Conifer Insurance and ClearBlue.

Prior to joining Sandler O'Neill, Mr. Butler was a Managing Director at Piper Jaffray & Co. and was a senior investment banker in the Financial Institutions Groups at Houlihan Lokey and at Fox-Pitt, Kelton. Previously, Mr. Butler was a practicing attorney focused on corporate law and securities matters.

Mr. Butler holds a Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Government, cum laude, from Georgetown University. He is a contributing author of Insurance Industry Mergers & Acquisitions, published by the Society of Actuaries.