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We partner with companies across the healthcare and technology landscape to design and implement optimal capital structures that allow them to execute their business plans. Our capital markets expertise spans a variety of Equity and Debt instruments, and we leverage SVB’s balance sheet to support our clients as they evolve from early stage to seasoned successful businesses.
The capital formation process offers many different avenues for companies seeking to access leading investors and raise growth capital. Our team has significant domain expertise across the full spectrum of equity products including IPOs, Publicly Marketed Follow-on Offerings, Confidentially Marketed Follow-on Offerings, Registered Directs, Direct Listings, and Convertible Debt Offerings.
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Senior Managing Director, Head of Healthcare Equity Capital Markets
Rahul Chaudhary is the Head of Healthcare Equity Capital Markets at SVB Securities and has successfully led the team for over a decade. In addition to overseeing the group, he is responsible for the origination and execution of all variety of public and private equity offerings including IPOs, Follow-ons and PIPEs. Since joining the firm, he has led over 500 bookrun offerings, including more than 150 IPOs.
Prior to joining the firm in 2009, he was an integral part of Merrill Lynch’s ECM group, where he focused on origination and execution of healthcare equity and equity-linked transactions. Rahul began his career at Merrill Lynch in 2004 in the Investment Banking group focusing on the consumer sector where he worked on a variety of equity, debt and M&A assignments.
He earned a B.A. in Finance from the University of Illinois.
Senior Managing Director, Head of Tech Equity Capital Markets
Matthew Walsh is a Senior Managing Director and the Head of Tech Equity Capital Markets at SVB Securities. With over 20 years of experience, he has led the origination and execution of hundreds of transactions including some of the most innovative and notable technology IPOs over the last few years.
Matthew joined the firm in 2021 from Credit Suisse where he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Technology, Media & Telecom Equity Capital Markets. During his time at Credit Suisse, he was instrumental in rebuilding and leading the Credit Suisse technology franchise. Prior to Credit Suisse Matthew spent over 15 years at Merrill Lynch & Co working in a variety of roles across Equity Capital Markets and Healthcare & Technology Investment Banking, most recently leading the TMT Equity Capital Markets business. He started his career at JP Morgan & Co in New York.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Georgetown University.
Prasanth Burri Rao-Kathi
Senior Managing Director, Equity Linked Capital Markets
Prasanth “Burri” Rao-Kathi is a Senior Managing Director at SVB Securities and leads the firm’s Convertibles business.
Prior to joining the firm in 2016, he was the Head of Equity-Linked (Convertibles) Origination in the Equity Capital Markets group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Burri joined the ECM group at Merrill Lynch in 1999 and worked on a number of Merrill Lynch’s landmark convertible innovations over the last 15 years including: Contingent Conversion, Contingent Payment, Bond Hedges, HiPrs, Collateralization, Simultaneous Bond and Stock Repurchases, and Prepaid Forwards in conjunction with new issues. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he worked in Fixed Income Swaps Marketing and Trading and Corporate Finance/ Mergers and Acquisitions at J.P. Morgan.
He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Georgetown University with double majors in Finance and International Business and a minor in English. He received his M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Managing Director, Tech Equity Capital Markets
Jesse Chasse is a Managing Director on the Tech Equity Capital Markets team at SVB Securities. He partners with Technology Companies, Venture Capitalists and Financial Sponsors to raise capital and position businesses for success in the public markets.
Jesse joined the firm in 2021 from Credit Suisse where he served as a Director of the Technology Equity Capital Markets team. With over a decade of experience in both the firm’s New York and San Francisco offices, he helped originate and execute over 250 book run offerings. Jesse also served as a Global Citizen for the firm, volunteering with an African microfinance organization and traveling to Kenya to develop the organization’s Business Plan and Financial Model.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from College of Charleston.
Senior Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets
Jack Bannister is a Senior Managing Director on the Equity Capital Markets team at SVB Securities. He partners with healthcare and life sciences companies to raise capital and position them for success in the public markets.
Jack joined the firm in 2021 from Goldman Sachs where he served as Vice President of the Healthcare Equity Capital Markets team. He began his career as an Equity Analyst with T. Rowe Price in Baltimore.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Roger Salazar, Jr.
Senior Managing Director, Head of SPACs
Roger Salazar, Jr. is a Senior Managing Director and Head of SPACs at SVB Securities. He is responsible for advising our clients on SPAC related transactions. His expertise spans across the full lifecycle of a SPAC from IPO to business combination. Roger has worked with the most prominent SPAC sponsors and advised corporates on their mergers with SPACs. He recently helped SVB Securities serve as financial, capital markets advisor and PIPE placement agent across multiple transactions.
Roger joined the firm in 2021 from Citigroup where he specialized in SPACs. He successfully priced a record number of SPAC deals, including over 115+ SPAC IPOs and participated in more than 35+ SPAC mergers. Prior, to his career at Citigroup, he spent five years at RBC Capital Markets.
He earned a B.S. in Finance and Economics from NYU Stern School of Business.
Peter M. Fry
Senior Managing Director, Head of Alternative Equities
Peter M. Fry is a Senior Managing Director at SVB Securities leading our Alternative Equities business. He has over 25 years of experience on both sell-side & buy-side and has built one of the market-leading franchises in At-The-Market (ATM) offerings.
Prior to joining the firm, Peter was a Managing Director and Head of Alternative Equities at H.C. Wainwright & Co. He held similar leadership roles at Guggenheim Securities and Burrill & Company. Earlier in his career, he spent eight years as Senior Investment Officer at Kingsbridge Capital and was a Senior Healthcare Banker and Head of Public/Private Placements at Investec Inc. and RBC Capital Markets.
He earned a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Bucknell University.
Senior Managing Director, Financial Sponsors
Robert Minear is a Senior Managing Director of Investment Banking focused on leading the firm’s financial sponsor origination efforts to further enhance the firm’s growing private equity and leveraged finance businesses. With over 20 years of investment banking experience, Robert has advised a wide variety of domestic and international financial sponsor and strategic clients in connection with, inter alia, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs/split-offs, restructurings, recapitalizations, buyouts, takeover defense, proxy contests and capital raisings.
Robert joined the firm in 2021 from Guggenheim Securities where he was a Senior Managing Director in the Healthcare Services Investment Banking Group focusing on advising companies and financial sponsors in the healthcare services sector. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and Head of Healthcare Services Mergers and Acquisitions in Jefferies Group’s Healthcare Investment Banking practice and a member of the M&A groups at UBS, both in New York and London, and Deutsche Bank.
He received his Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London.
Senior Managing Director, Tech Investment Banking
Michael Rosso is a Senior Managing Director of Tech Investment Banking at SVB Securities focusing on Technology Private Placements. He has devoted his nearly 25-year investment banking career to driving pre-IPO and private equity capital formation for high growth companies across a broad range of industries.
Michael joined the firm in 2021 after 20 years at UBS Securities and RBC Capital Markets, where he ran the firms’ global efforts in TMT Private Placements and Private Capital Markets, respectively. While at UBS, Michael focused on the Enterprise Software and Consumer Internet subsectors, recently advising PointClickCare on its investment from H&F and Dragoneer, Semios on its investment from Morningside Group and Rapid RTC on its investment from Francisco Partners-owned Keyloop. Michael began his career at Montgomery Securities and Robertson Stephens where he was tasked with financing late-stage companies.
He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Loyola College in Maryland and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.