Cary Kochman

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Cary Kochman
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EducationUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, University of Chicago Law School and Booth School of Business
OccupationAmerican Banker

Cary A. Kochman (born April 1965) is an American banker and the Co-Head of Global Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Citigroup as well as the Head of the Chicago Citi office.[1]

Kochman has nearly 30 years of investment banking experience. Over the past fifteen years, he has had tenures as the head of three leading Wall Street M&A Groups. Kochman specializes in mergers, acquisitions, activism defense, strategic hostile defense, divestitures, corporate takeovers, and is also considered a leading cross-border M&A expert. He serves as an advisor to board of directors, special committees, management teams, foundations, and governments. He has advised on over $700 billion of transactions.[2] Kochman is also a featured lecturer, speaker and panelist at numerous graduate programs, academic conferences, corporate meetings, seminars, and events.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Early life[edit]

Kochman graduated from the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1986 with a BS in Accounting.[10] Kochman also studied Philosophy (with an emphasis on epistomology) through the Honors College. He continued his education at the University of Chicago where he received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his MBA from the Booth School of Business in 1990.[11] While at the University of Chicago, he attended the London Business School and was also awarded a Nikko Fellowship for study in Tokyo, Japan.[12] Kochman is a member of the Illinois Bar and has completed both the C.P.A. and C.M.A. exams.


Today, Cary Allan Kochman serves as the Co-Head of Global Mergers and Acquisitions Group and the Head of the Chicago Citi office for Citigroup Global Markets Inc.[13] He joined Citigroup in 2011[14][15] after leaving his position at UBS[16][17][18] as the Joint Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions.[19]

Kochman was recruited to UBS in March 2004 as Co-Head of Americas Mergers & Acquisitions.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28] During his tenure at UBS, he also served as Co-Head of the Investment Banking Department’s (IBD’s) Chicago office and Midwest Region. He also served a member of the UBS Americas IBD Executive Committee.[29]

Before joining UBS in 2004, Kochman worked at Credit Suisse[30][31] (formerly known as Credit Suisse First Boston).[32] He held the position of Head of the US M&A Department for the last two of his fourteen years with the company,[33][34] prior to which he held various senior positions at Credit Suisse, including Head of Industrial Corporate Advisory & Finance and Head of Industrial M&A.[35][36][37]

Advisory experience[edit]

Over the course of his career, Kochman has advised on over $700 billion worth of transactions.[38] He works as a strategic advisor across all industries and sectors. In 2018, he advised Shire Plc (FTSE top 20 Company) on its pending $82 billion sale to Takeda Pharmaceutical.[39] This transaction is the largest Japanese M&A transaction in history, the 2nd largest healthcare M&A transaction in history and the 4th largest cross-border deal in history. He also advised both France's Schneider Electric SE on their pending acquisition of Larson and Toubro's Electrical and Automation division (based in India) and GGP on its pending sale to Brookfield Property Partners.[40][41] In 2017 he served as an advisor to Rockwell Collins on their pending sale to United Technologies for over $30 billion. He advised Deere & Company on their $5.2 billion acquisition of German private company Wirtgen. In 2016, he advised on what was the largest announced and closed deal in North America: Baxalta’s $38 billion cross-border sale to Shire plc.[42] Over the course of his career he has advised on numerous high-profile transactions including: ISCAR’s sale to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, URS merger with AECOM, Bucyrus International on its sale to Caterpillar,[43] the sale of Tim Horton’s to Burger King[44] & 3G, Robbins & Myers’ sale to National Oilwell Varco, the merger of Eaton & Cooper Industries, Verint’s merger with Comverse Technology, Whitman’s realignment with PepsiCo and subsequent acquisition of Pepsi Americas, Zimmer Holdings’ cross-border hostile takeover of Centerpulse AG[45] and the Margaret Cargill Foundation with regard to their Cargill stake monetization via the tax efficient split-off of Mosaic.[46] This monetization funded the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, creating at the time, the world’s third largest funded charitable trust.[47]

Memberships and organizations[edit]

Cary Kochman is a member of the "Council on Chicago Booth",[48] a committee that advises The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has formerly served as a member of The University of Chicago Law School Visiting Committee.[49]

He's a member of the Board of Trustees for the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA)[50] and is an Honorary Trustee of the Shedd Aquarium.[51][52] He is also a member of numerous civic organizations including The Executives' Club of Chicago, The Economic Club of Chicago, and The Commercial Club of Chicago.[53] In the past, he served on the Advisory Board for L.E.K. Consulting LLC,.[54][55]


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