Our History

In July 2017, Daiwa Securities Group Inc. announced plans to acquire both Sagent Advisors and Signal Hill, strengthening Daiwa’s global advisory business by combining operations to form a new North American-focused M&A advisory firm called DCS Advisory. DCS Advisory launched in March 2018. DCS Advisory is led by an Operating Committee consisting of leadership from each of Sagent’s and Signal Hill’s management. Scott Wieler, the Founder and Chairman of Signal Hill, serves as Chairman; Eric Edmondson, a Managing Director of Signal Hill, serves as Vice Chairman; and Joe Donohue and Bill Kohr, Sagent’s current Co-CEOs, serve as Co-Presidents.

Sagent Advisors

Founded in 2004 with offices in New York, Chicago and Tysons Corner, Sagent Advisors was a leading independent investment bank focused on providing strategic and financial advice on mergers, acquisitions, sales, divestitures and private capital solutions. Sagent’s clients included leading domestic and multi-national corporations, middle market and emerging growth companies, private equity sponsors and family-owned and entrepreneur-led businesses.

Signal Hill

Founded in 2002, Signal Hill was a leading and award-winning investment banking and advisory boutique serving the M&A and private capital raising needs of growth companies. Signal Hill had six offices in the US (Baltimore, Boston, Nashville, New York, Reston and San Francisco) and two offices in India (Bangalore and Mumbai).

DCS Advisory

DCS Advisory is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daiwa Capital Markets America Holdings Inc. and is an indirect subsidiary of Daiwa Securities Group Inc. Along with sister company DC Advisory, other Daiwa affiliates, and alliance partners, we are part of an established global brand with more than 900 professionals in 37 offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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About our team

DCS Advisory is led by a team of senior bankers with deep sector knowledge over a broad span of industries including Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Business and Tech-Enabled Services, Industrials, Consumer, Retail and Leisure, Media and Telecom, and Technology and Software.

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