Ziegler Hires New Specialty Healthcare Private Equity Team

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Ziegler, a specialty healthcare investment bank and broker-dealer, announced today new hires Eric Smith, Managing Director, Chris Claps, Senior Vice President and Dan Contardi, Vice President, to form a specialty healthcare private equity practice. They join Ziegler with significant expertise in the healthcare sector and share a combined fifty-plus years of investing experience.

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With our extensive experience and dedication to the healthcare sector, Eric, Chris and Dan will add tremendous value not only to our clients, but also to the entire healthcare community...

Ziegler, a specialty healthcare investment bank and broker-dealer, announced today new hires Eric Smith, Managing Director, Chris Claps, Senior Vice President and Dan Contardi, Vice President, to form a specialty healthcare private equity practice. They join Ziegler with significant expertise in the healthcare sector and share a combined fifty-plus years of investing experience.

Tom Paprocki, CEO of Ziegler, stated, “With our extensive experience and dedication to the healthcare sector, Eric, Chris and Dan will add tremendous value not only to our clients, but also to the entire healthcare community,” Paprocki stated. “I am excited to see them continue their investment success here at Ziegler.”

Mr. Smith brings 20 years of experience in originating, underwriting and managing principal investments in long-term care, senior housing and healthcare services. He has served as a partner in the formation and management of seven healthcare investment funds. Prior to joining Ziegler, Mr. Smith served as a partner of Contemporary Healthcare Capital, LLC (which he co-founded in 2006), where he was responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of multiple investment funds. Throughout his career, Mr. Smith has served in an investment management role in over 300 transactions representing approximately $1 billion in senior debt, mezzanine and preferred equity investments within the long-term care, senior housing and healthcare services industries. Prior to joining Contemporary Healthcare Capital, LLC, Mr. Smith was a partner in Ziegler Healthcare Capital, LLC, a former affiliate of Ziegler, which successfully managed three investment funds.

Mr. Claps has over 14 years of finance experience, including eight years originating, underwriting and managing principal investments in long-term care, senior housing and healthcare services. Prior to joining Ziegler, he was as a senior vice president at Contemporary Healthcare Capital, LLC, where he served as a portfolio manager for five healthcare investment funds. Mr. Claps has served in an investment management role in over 150 transactions representing approximately $500 million in senior debt, mezzanine and preferred equity investments within the long-term care, senior housing and healthcare services industries. Prior to joining Contemporary Healthcare Capital, LLC, Mr. Claps worked in the healthcare equity research group of Piper Jaffray & Co., was an equity analyst and junior portfolio manager for GlobalValue Investors, LLC and a senior associate in Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC’s investment banking practice.

Mr. Contardi has over seven years’ experience originating, underwriting and managing principal investments in long-term care, senior housing and healthcare services. Prior to joining Ziegler, he served as vice president at Contemporary Healthcare Capital, LLC. During this time, he served as a portfolio manager for five healthcare investment funds. Mr. Contardi has structured, underwritten and closed over 150 fund transactions representing approximately $500 million in senior debt, mezzanine debt and preferred equity fund investments within the long-term care, senior housing and healthcare services industries.

For more information about Ziegler, please visit us at http://www.ziegler.com.

About Ziegler:
The Ziegler Companies, Inc., together with its affiliates (Ziegler), is a privately held, specialty investment bank with unique expertise in complex credit structures and advisory services. Nationally, Ziegler is ranked as one of the leading investment banking firms in its specialty sectors of healthcare, senior living, religion, and education, as well as general municipal and structured finance. Headquartered in Chicago, IL with regional and branch offices throughout the U.S., Ziegler provides its clients with capital raising, corporate finance, FHA/HUD, strategic advisory services and research. Ziegler serves institutional and individual investors through its wealth management and capital markets distribution channels.

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