Mesirow Financial Professionals Named Winners of the 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards by The M&A Advisor

CHICAGO, July 10, 2017 - Mesirow Financial is pleased to announce that three professionals in the firm have been named winners of The M&A Advisor’s 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards. Yong-Jae Kim, managing director of the firm’s Investment Banking group, and Melanie Yermack, vice president of the Investment Banking group, have been named winners in the Dealmaker category. Ketan Shah, managing director and associate general counsel of the firm has been named a winner in the Legal Advisor category.

Jae, Melanie and Ketan have been chosen for their accomplishments and expertise from a pool of nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.

The Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards was born as the 40 Under 40 Awards in the United States in 2010 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young M&A, financing and turnaround professionals who have reached a significant level of success and have made notable contributions to their industry and community. With the expansion of the Emerging Leaders program to the United Kingdom, and Europe in 2016, US award winners join a truly global network of young leaders. The winners will be recognized on Tuesday, September 19th at a black tie awards gala at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan.

Yong-Jae Kim is a managing director in Mesirow Financial’s Investment Banking group. In his role, Jae is responsible for execution leadership and new business development within the Industrials group. In addition, he leads the firm’s coverage efforts within the Industrial Technology sector. Prior to joining Mesirow Financial Investment Banking in 2016, Jae was a Director in the Global Industrials Group at Robert W. Baird & Co. with a specific focus on the Industrial Technology sector. 

Melanie Yermack is a vice president in Mesirow Financial’s Investment Banking group. In her role, Melanie is responsible for leading the day-to-day transaction execution process across a wide range of industries, including plastics and packaging, industrials and business services, among others. Prior to joining Mesirow as an investment banking associate in 2011, Melanie was a manager in the Transaction Services division at PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on merger and acquisition advisory services.

Ketan Shah is a managing director and associate general counsel for Mesirow Financial. Ketan also serves as general counsel for Mesirow Financial's Investment Banking group.  In this capacity, he assists the Investment Banking team in all aspects of the transaction process–from negotiation of engagement letters to assisting clients with structural and transactional issues.  In addition, Ketan leads all corporate matters for Mesirow Financial, which includes handling in-house merger and acquisition activity such as the firm’s 2016 divestiture of its Insurance Services division.  Prior to joining Mesirow Financial in 2012, Ketan worked in the corporate practice of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, where he focused on private equity transactions. 

“Jae, Melanie and Ketan are all invaluable members of the Mesirow team,” said Jeff Golman, vice chairman and head of Mesirow Financial’s Investment Banking group. “They are dedicated to providing unrivaled service, execution and results and demonstrating unwavering commitment to achieving client objectives. Congratulations to Jae, Melanie and Ketan on these well-deserved awards.”

To view the complete list of this year’s Emerging Leaders Award Winners click here.

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