Brian R. Sterling
Principal, Co-Head, Investment Banking
Brian R. Sterling is a Principal and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Group of Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P. In addition to leading one of the largest and most experienced investment banking groups serving the financial services sector, Mr. Sterling is responsible for advising banks, thrifts, trading firms and other financial institutions on strategic matters, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and financings. Mr. Sterling has been involved in a number of transactions for depository institutions and several of the firm's assignments for Special Committees and Boards of Directors and numerous capital raisings and financings for banks and trading firms.
Before joining Sandler O’Neill in 2002, Mr. Sterling was a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Merrill Lynch & Co., serving as the senior investment banker responsible for providing relationship management and M&A services to large regional banks, finance companies and trading and technology companies. Before joining Merrill Lynch, he founded and was Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group at Schroders, where he worked with banks, thrifts, insurers, and specialty finance companies in the U.S. and Europe on mergers, acquisitions, and financings. Prior to Schroders, Mr. Sterling was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Mr. Sterling holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.