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Ulrika Ekman has served as a senior executive of an independent investment bank since its initial public offering. Ms. Ekman is a member of the management committee and the general counsel of Greenhill & Co., Inc., a leading independent investment bank which provides financial advisory services for significant mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, financings and capital raising to corporations, partnerships, institutions and governments from its twelve offices across four continents. Previously, Ms. Ekman was co-head of North American mergers and acquisitions at Greenhill.
Ms. Ekman joined Greenhill shortly before its initial public offering in 2004. Since then Greenhill has grown dramatically, expanding its reach globally and increasing its ranks of managing directors more than threefold. Ms. Ekman, as a member of a very small management team in an entrepreneurial culture, has focused on establishing Greenhill’s premier brand as a trusted advisor in a highly competitive environment. She has been actively involved in strategic initiatives to build the firm, such as Greenhill’s international expansion (principally in Europe, Japan and Australia), raising various private equity funds, raising and investing a special purpose acquisition vehicle, the establishing of a fund placement business, various acquisitions, divestitures and offerings, as well as the spin-off of the firm’s asset management business. In addition, Ms. Ekman established the infrastructure to deal effectively with a multitude of regulatory and legal issues across a number of jurisdictions in an environment of increasing scrutiny of investment banks and helped cement a culture of the highest ethical standards at a young and growing firm. Ms. Ekman also plays a pivotal role in employee and personnel matters.
Ms. Ekman advises Greenhill’s Board of Directors on governance and strategic issues. She regularly works with Greenhill’s clients on transactions, providing senior level governance and transaction expertise to Boards of Directors and management teams across a range of industries. Ms. Ekman has also worked closely with Greenhill’s investment professionals on the management of their private equity and venture capital investment portfolios, with particular focus in energy, financial services and for profit education, including serving on the board of managers of a privately held oil exploration portfolio company.
Prior to joining Greenhill, Ms. Ekman was a partner in the M&A Group of Davis Polk & Wardwell, a premier Wall Street law firm, where she represented clients across a range of domestic and cross border, private and public M&A transactions. Ms. Ekman developed particular expertise in the financial services, health care, publishing and transportation industries, working closely with major US and European corporations and private equity firms to design practical business solutions for complex problems.
Ms. Ekman has also been active in a variety of civic and charitable activities in New York City, serving, among other things, as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Luke’s School, where Ms. Ekman also served as Treasurer and a member of the Executive and Finance Committees, overseeing a pivotal strategic study, effecting the independence of the school from its previous affiliation with a church and establishing a major capital campaign. Ms. Ekman received her law degree from the New York University School of Law, where she was awarded the Order of the Coif. Ms. Ekman also holds an M.A. in History, awarded by New York University, and a B.S. of Foreign Service, awarded by Georgetown University, cum laude. Ms. Ekman, who is a native of Sweden and speaks in five languages, resides in Connecticut with her family.