Managing Director, Investment Banking
Christopher W. Donohoe is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Group of Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. He specializes in strategic advice and capital raising for specialty finance companies, including equipment and commercial finance, small business lending, BDCs, consumer finance, mortgage, credit card and a range of other non-bank financial services companies. Mr. Donohoe has over 20 years of experience as an advisor to the specialty finance industry.
Prior to joining Sandler O’Neill in 2012, Mr. Donohoe was a Managing Director and the head of specialty finance investment banking at BMO Capital Markets. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Bank of America, where he advised specialty finance companies on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and other key strategic and financial initiatives. Before Bank of America, Mr. Donohoe was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, where he focused on specialty finance companies.
Mr. Donohoe’s recent transaction experience includes advising Springstone Financial on its sale to Lending Club, Pacific Premier on its acquisition of Infinity Franchise Capital, and TIP Capital on its sale to Crestmark Bank. Mr. Donohoe has also been a key contributor on a number of landmark specialty finance transactions including the multi-billion dollar sales of KKR Financial, CIT and Heller Financial and the IPOs of Capital One, PennantPark and Santander Consumer.
Mr. Donohoe holds a Masters of Business Administration with high honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Duke University.