Since co-founding Renaissance Partners, LLC in 1986, Senior Managing Director and CEO, Leo (Lee) A. Keevican, Jr. has steered the investment banking and business services firm with a clear vision: Focusing on the needs of entrepreneurial-minded clients. Mr. Keevican has worked on acquisitions, recapitalizations and sales of a number of manufacturing, distribution and service companies. His experience includes the structuring of complex acquisitions and financings for companies in a wide range of businesses and industries. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called Mr. Keevican a "middle-market merger maker"
Mr. Keevican began his work with private equity sponsors with the sale of a large Pittsburgh-based industrial company to Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (now KKR). Since that time, Mr. Keevican has had extensive involvement with private equity transactions, including working with over 40 private equity and venture capital groups in their transactions, in the United States, Mexico, Europe, North Africa and South America.
Among his accomplishments, Mr. Keevican represented the private equity purchasers of Rouge Steel from Ford Motor Company. Beginning with the management leveraged buyout of Motor Coils Manufacturing Company in Braddock PA, he orchestrated a series of transactions into the creation of MotivePower, the largest remanufacturer of railroad locomotives in the United States -- ultimately completing a merger with Westinghouse Air Brake Company to form Wabtec.
Most recently, Mr. Keevican has represented the fastest growing bank in the country since its founding in 2007. He represented the bank in its capitalization, its initial public offering, and its acquisition of a large investment management firm.
He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Allegheny County and the West Penn Chapter of the March of Dimes. He currently serves as a Director of the Shadyside Hospital Foundation. Mr. Keevican is also active in major fundraising campaigns for the Hillman Cancer Center and the Little Sisters of the Poor and Catholic Charities.
He is a 1971 honors graduate of Yale University where he majored in economics and was a member of the Yale Ivy League Championship Football team. Mr. Keevican continued his formal training in economics at The Pennsylvania State University. He received a law degree from Boston University Law School in 1975.
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