Christopher Murray

Managing Director
Financial Services Investment Banking

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Christopher Murray

Christopher Murray is a managing director in the financial services group at Piper Sandler.

Murray advises financial institutions primarily in the Southwest and Midwest regions of the United States on various strategic matters, including mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising.

Previously, he was a principal in the investment banking group of Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P. He has more than 30 years of investment banking experience.

Murray’s recent M&A experience includes providing a fairness opinion to Independent Bank Group in its merger with Texas Capital Bancshares, advising Reliance Bancshares in its merger with Simmons First National Corporation, The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines in its merger with The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, Pulaski Financial in its merger with First Busey, OmniAmerican Bancorp in its sale to Southside Bancshares, ViewPoint Financial Group in its merger with LegacyTexas Group, Bank of Houston and Carlile Banchsares in sales to Independent Bank Group, PMC Commercial Trust in its merger with CIM Urban REIT, LLC, American State Financial Corporation in its sale to Prosperity Bancshares, and Sovereign Bancshares in its sale to Veritex Holdings. He has also helped clients raise significant public and private capital, including most recently the initial public offerings of Independent Bank Group, Green Bancorp, Veritex Holdings, Triumph Bancorp, Guaranty Bancshares and South Plains Financial. He has also advised on multiple debt offerings including for NexBank Capital, Triumph Bancorp, Independent Bank Group, Southside Bancshares, Happy Bancshares, First Citizens Bancshares and Texas State Bancshares.

Prior to joining Sandler O’Neill in 2002, Murray was a senior investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The State University of New York - Binghamton, and a Master of Business Administration degree from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.