Investment banking firm appoints partners


Mike Brown. Courtesy Charter Capital Partners

A local investment banking and capital management firm has named two new partners.

Charter Capital Partners managing directors Mike Brown and Andrew Williams were promoted to the role of partner, with Brown leading the Grand Rapids investment banking and advisory practice and Williams leading the firm’s North Indiana office.

Both men will serve on the firm’s leadership team and share operational management and talent development responsibilities.

“Andrew and Mike have been instrumental in the growth of Charter into a Midwest leader, and these promotions are a testament to their strong work ethic, investment expertise and valuable insight,” Charter President and Managing Partner John Kerschen said. “This move also will allow our senior leadership to pursue additional strategic opportunities for growing Charter Capital’s scope of services and practice areas, while continuing our momentum that included a record year for the firm in each of the last three years and strong deal and advisory activity year to date.”

A 15-year financial advising veteran, Brown joined Charter in 2012 after time working for a global investment bank in Chicago. At Charter, he advises businesses ranging from $10 to $150 million in enterprise value across a number of industries, including metals manufacturing, health care, homebuilding, business services, oil and gas and commercial banking.

Brown has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds series 7, series 63 and series 82 securities licenses.

Brown is a board member for the Catholic Charities of West Michigan and the school board president for Distinctive Prep — Harper Woods.

Williams has been with Charter since 2009 after a 21-year career that included stints at Prince Corporation, co-founding Stonegate Designs, Lighthouse Business Group and DSA International.

A graduate of the Michigan State University College of Engineering, Williams is also one of 375 advisors wworldwide to receive Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor status from The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors. He also holds series 79 and series 63 securities licenses.

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