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Christopher O. Murray

Principal, Investment Banking

Christopher O. Murray is a Principal in the Investment Banking Group of Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P. He has more than 25 years of investment banking experience.

Mr. Murray advises financial institutions primarily in the Southwest and Midwest regions of the United States on various strategic matters, including mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising.

Mr. Murray’s recent M&A experience includes advising The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines in its merger with The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, Pulaski Financial in its merger with First Busey, OmniAmerican Bancorp in its sale to Southside Bancshares, ViewPoint Financial Group in its merger with LegacyTexas Group, Bank of Houston and Carlile Banchsares in sales to Independent Bank Group, PMC Commercial Trust in its merger with CIM Urban REIT, LLC, American State Financial Corporation in its sale to Prosperity Bancshares, and Sovereign Bancshares in its sale to Veritex Holdings. He has also helped clients raise significant public and private capital, including most recently the initial public offerings (IPOs) of Independent Bank Group, Green Bancorp, Veritex Holdings, Triumph Bancorp and Guaranty Bancshares. He has also advised on multiple debt offerings for NexBank Capital, Green Bancorp, Triumph Bancorp, LegacyTexas Financial, Independent Bank Group, Southside Bancshares and Happy Bancshares. 

Prior to joining Sandler O’Neill in 2002, Mr. Murray was a senior investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The State University of New York - Binghamton, and a Master of Business Administration from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.