Bonwick Appoints Rashaun Williams as Partner, Bolsters M&A and Corporate Finance Capabilities

Founding Partner at Nas’s QueensBridge Venture Fund Brings Tech Expertise, New Talent to Firm

Appointment Marks the Reunion of Former Goldman Sachs Bankers

NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES--()--Bonwick Capital Partners, a full-service broker-dealer firm working with institutional clients across sales and trading, investment banking and corporate advisory, today announced the appointment of Rashaun Williams as Partner, Head of Corporate Finance. He will run the firm’s Los Angeles office and brings several key corporate finance hires with him.

“Rashaun is an exceptional talent who has been at the forefront of bringing capital to the middle market, emerging markets and women and minority-owned businesses for the last 14 years”

Mr. Williams, most recently Founding Partner at M&A boutique firm VCap Investment Group, was also a Founding Partner at QueensBridge Venture Fund, which he helped launch in 2013, and managed with other partners including rapper and hip-hop icon Nasir “Nas” Jones -- investing in startups such as Dropbox, Lyft, Seatgeek, Meerkat and General Assembly.

“Rashaun is an exceptional talent who has been at the forefront of bringing capital to the middle market, emerging markets and women and minority-owned businesses for the last 14 years,” said Devin Wicker, founder & CEO of Bonwick. “He brings a deep expertise in investment banking and tech that will play a pivotal role as we continue to build a next-generation minority-owned broker-dealer.”

Over the course of his career, Mr. Williams, 35, has held institutional sales and trading roles at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo, and has invested in and raised capital for companies in West Africa. He also serves as founder of Kemet Institute, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2001 to provide workshops in financial literacy and entrepreneurship to children, teens and adults in low income communities. In 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Fisk University.

“Devin and I got our start at Goldman Sachs 15 years ago,” said Mr. Williams. “I’m excited to reunite with Devin and merge our capabilities to create a truly integrated investment bank and broker-dealer firm that can meet the range of our clients’ needs, while putting a focus on middle and alternative markets.”

A Chicago native, Mr. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Economics from Morehouse College in 2001, and holds Series 3, 7, 24, 63 and FINRA licenses.

Additional appointments

Along with the appointment of Mr. Williams, Bonwick welcomes several new team members joining from VCap in their respective M&A and corporate finance roles. All are based in Los Angeles:

Deshon Owens, Managing Director; Chad Thomas, Associate; Leyandra Pagan, Senior Analyst; and Kavaneet Dhami, Analyst.

About Bonwick Capital Partners

Bonwick Capital Partners, LLC is dedicated to providing top-tier service to institutional clients across sales and trading, investment banking and corporate advisory. Our clients rely upon our deep industry knowledge to assist them through the investment process, sourcing deals, conducting due diligence, capital raises and business solutions. Bonwick has a diverse global client base which spans five continents and these relationships allow us to address a wide range of client needs across different time zones and cultures. Bonwick is headquartered in New York City, with additional offices in Los Angeles and Chicago.

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