Paul Downey

Paul Downey has been an investment banker for more than 50 years, advising American and international clients on global financing, mergers and acquisitions. Raised in New England, Paul began his investment banking career in New York with First Boston in 1966, following graduation from Yale College and three years in the U.S. Navy. He was a partner with White Weld from 1971 to 1978 in San Francisco and New York, before returning to First Boston as a Managing Director, and as Executive Director of its affiliate, Credit Suisse First Boston. He was based in CSFB’s London headquarters and the New York offices of First Boston for the next ten years, responsible for raising capital through international equity and debt financings on behalf of the firm’s U.S. clients. In 1989, he returned to San Francisco to head the firm’s West Coast banking operations, where he advised large and small clients on financings, mergers and acquisitions. In 1991 he retired from First Boston to open Downey Capital, working primarily with privately-owned U.S. companies on capital structure, financing and M&A. He serves on the board of Seven Hills Group and is a past board member of White Weld, First Boston, CSFB & Flynn Olympic, the Santa Rosa Symphony, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Repertory Orchestra, and The Keystone Center. He lives with his wife, Hallie Beacham, MD, in Healdsburg, California, where they grow zinfandel. Between them they have six children and eight grandchildren.

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