Jimmy Dunne

Vice Chairman, Senior Managing Principal
Financial Services

James Dunne

Jimmy Dunne is vice chairman and senior managing principal of Piper Sandler. He was one of the founders of Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P., which was acquired by Piper Jaffray in January 2020. Under his leadership, Sandler O’Neill grew to become the largest independent full-service investment banking firm focused on the financial services sector.

Dunne, based in the firm’s Palm Beach location, plays a very active role in many of the Piper Sandler’s key client relationships and advises on a wide variety of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions. He has advised on some of the financial industry’s largest M&A transactions over the past 30 years. Recent transactions he advised on include TD Ameritrade in its announced merger with Charles Schwab, Blackhawk Network Holdings on its acquisition by Silver Lake and P2 Capital Partners, Financial Engines on its acquisition by Hellman & Friedman, Virtu Financial in its acquisition of ITG, FCB Financial Holdings in its merger with Synovus Financial Corp., and Beneficial Bancorp in its merger with WSFS Financial Corporation.

Dunne is a frequent financial industry commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and is often invited to speak on leadership and management issues to business, academic and civic organizations.

He began his career on Wall Street after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is an avid golfer and active with numerous charitable organizations. He is a member of the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees.