Brett Paschke

Senior Advisor, Private Markets


Brett Paschke is Senior Director and Vice Chair of Investment Banking at William Blair, a leading investment bank focused on serving high growth companies and their investors. Brett currently focuses on serving William Blair’s corporate clients and their financial sponsors through the value creation process by delivering the full spectrum of services, experts and resources of the firm. Brett led the ECM Group from 2009 to 2020 and under Brett’s leadership, Blair was an underwriter on almost 800 equity offerings raising a cumulative $200 billion. Brett is Chairman of the Commitment Committee and Government Affairs Committee. Brett joined William Blair in 1997 and prior to leading the ECM team, he was Group Head for Business and Financial Services Investment Banking.

Brett is a policy leader on topics related to capital formation. Brett chaired the SIFMA Regional Capital Markets Committee on Policy and Regulation. He served as an expert witness at the U.S. House Financial Services SubCommittee on Capital Markets. Brett is on the Capital Markets Committee of the American Securities Association. Brett served on the IPO Task Force with the US Treasury which produced the recommendations that became the basis for the JOBS Act.

Brett is a Managing Partner of WinForest Partners, an investment firm making investments in leading private equity firms in technology, healthcare and services and direct investments alongside Partner Funds.

Brett serves on the Board of Directors of PRA Group (NASDAQ: PRAA), a global financial and business services company operating in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Australia and throughout Europe. Brett serves on the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. Brett also serves on the Board of Duluth Trading (Nasdaq: DLTH) a lifestyle brand serving the self-reliant consumer and serves on the Audit Committee. Brett is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Brett is Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board for Broom Ventures, a venture fund that invests in early stage technology companies alongside top tier VCs. Broom partners with founding teams with a focus on Teams, Leadership and Culture (TLC) delivered through a tremendous network.

Prior to joining William Blair, Brett worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs and for KPMG. While at KPMG, Brett spent three years working on privatization transactions in the former Soviet Union. Brett has an A.B. from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School.