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Bill Snow

Bill is a mergers & acquisitions professional, author and speaker. He is a managing director at Chicago-based Jordan, Knauff & Company, a middle market investment banking firm. Jordan, Knauff & Company sells businesses, raises capital and advises acquisitions for companies with annual revenues between $10 million to $300 million.

Bill has more than 27 years of business experience, including more than 15 years of transaction dealings (mainly middle market companies). Bill has successfully advised sell-side and buy-side transactions in a range of industries, including business services, distribution, marketing/advertising, consumer products, data marketing, software, live event services, telecommunications, security services, food and beverage equipment, and commercial cleaning.

He regularly speaks at events, panels, professional groups, executive forums and college classes. Bill is the author of "Mergers & Acquisitions For Dummies" (John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2011) and "Venture Capital 101" (self-published, 2003). Bill’s background includes managerial, operational, sales and financial positions with consulting firms, venture-funded companies, publicly traded retailers and online marketing companies.

Bill is a registered investment banking agent (FINRA series 62, 63, and 79).

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Articles by Bill Snow


Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 5: Like a Realtor) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 5: Like a Realtor) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 5: Like a Realtor) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 5: Like a Realtor)


M&A professional, Bill Snow, continues to answer the question, “How do I hire a good investment banker?” in Part 5 of this five-part series...

Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 4: The 'Ask Price') Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 4: The 'Ask Price') Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 4: The 'Ask Price') Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 4: The 'Ask Price')


M&A professional, Bill Snow, continues to answer the question, “How do I hire a good investment banker?” in Part 4 of this article series...

Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 3: Magic Words) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 3: Magic Words) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 3: Magic Words) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 3: Magic Words)


M&A professional, Bill Snow, continues to answer the question, “How do I hire a good investment banker?” in Part 3 of this article series...

Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 2: Industry Experience)


M&A professional, Bill Snow, continues to answer the question, “How do I hire a good investment banker?” in Part 2 of this article series...

Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers) Misconceptions & Realities When Hiring an Investment Banker (Part 1: 'Knowing' Buyers)


The question M&A professional, Bill Snow, gets asked most often by business owners is “How do I hire a good investment banker?” In part one...

How to Check an Investment Banker’s References How to Check an Investment Banker’s References How to Check an Investment Banker’s References How to Check an Investment Banker’s References


When devising reference check questions for investment bankers, your guiding light is to get usable data as answers that will help you make...

Why Should I Retain an Investment Banker to Sell My Business? Why Should I Retain an Investment Banker to Sell My Business? Why Should I Retain an Investment Banker to Sell My Business? Why Should I Retain an Investment Banker to Sell My Business?


Selling your business is probably the biggest transaction of your career. A business owner should hire a capable investment banker for a...

Investment Bankers Aren't Magicians Investment Bankers Aren't Magicians Investment Bankers Aren't Magicians Investment Bankers Aren't Magicians


Investment bankers do not have magic words that they whisper in the ears of buyers to get them to pay more for a company. Sellers should be...

Issues to Consider Before Signing an LOI Issues to Consider Before Signing an LOI Issues to Consider Before Signing an LOI Issues to Consider Before Signing an LOI


How do you choose a buyer when you have received a number of offers? Is the LOI all it is made up to

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