Scott Wieler and Bill Kohr named leaders of M&A firm DC Advisory

02 June 2021 2 min. read
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DC Advisory, a London-based investment banking and corporate finance advisory firm, has named a new US leadership team. Scott Wieler has been appointed CEO of DC Advisory US and Bill Kohr has been appointed deputy CEO.

DC Advisory US was formed in 2019 following the 2018 acquisition of boutique investment banks Signal Hill and Sagent Advisors. DC Advisory is owned by Tokyo-based Daiwa Securities, the second largest securities brokerage in Japan.

Weiler was previously the chairman of Signal Hill, which he founded in 2002. When his firm was acquired he became chairman of DC Advisory US.

As CEO, Weiler will lead and execute DC’s ambitious growth strategy in the US. DC aims to become a top-tier mid-market M&A globally, and America is an integral part of this plan.

Scott Wieler and Bill Kohr named leaders of M&A firm DC Advisory

Weiler has more than 35 years of experience in investment banking, M&A divestitures, and corporate restructurings. Before founding Signal Hill, Weiler was a managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities, where he was co-head of the media and telecom investment banking business. He was also previously a managing director at Alex.Brown, where he co-led the media and communication investment banking practice.

Weiler holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston College.

As deputy CEO, Kohr will particularly focus on driving Asian cross-border business. He brings more than 30 years of investment banking experience, having completed hundreds of transactions for clients.

Kohr was previously co-CEO of Sagent Advisors, where he spent nine years. Before Sagent, he was a managing director at Citigroup, where he co-led the global automotive investment banking group. Kohr was also previously a managing director at investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

He holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University.

“The firm’s integration activities having been completed allows us to look forward to sharpen our focus on market share and productivity growth. The appointment of Scott and the new leadership team is testament to our commitment to make a difference in the US market – providing new and existing clients internationally with an experienced, integrated global platform,” said Hiroki Ikeda, Daiwa Securities’ global head of M&A, who was named chairman of the DC Advisory US board of directors.

DC Advisory has 500+ professionals across Europe, the US, and Asia, and specializes in cross-border transactions. The firm provides advisory services in M&A, debt raisings, and restructurings. The US division has more than 100 professionals across offices in New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and San Francisco.