Investment Team


Ted Christianson

Managing Director, Merchant Banking

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Ted Christianson

Ted Christianson is a managing director in the merchant banking group, a member of the general partner and serves on the investment committee. Christianson has worked in the financial services and investment banking sectors for more than 30 years. Prior to Christianson’s current role, he served as global group head of Piper Sandler’s capital advisory group which includes the firm’s private equity placement, financial restructuring and debt capital markets product businesses. Christianson joined Piper Sandler in 1998 as a member of the newly established private equity placement group where he was instrumental in building the group into one of the leading private equity placement practices in the industry. Christianson assumed management responsibilities of the firm’s private equity placement practice in 2001 and later established and assumed management responsibility for the capital advisory group in 2008. Christianson also served in various senior leadership positions as a member of the firm’s Investment Banking Commitment Committee and Global Group Head Council.

Prior to joining Piper Sandler, Christianson held various positions during his nine-year tenure with Norwest Bank (now merged with Wells Fargo). His last position was senior banker in Norwest’s private placement group where he specialized in raising taxable and tax-exempt debt on behalf of corporate clients.

Christianson has served on the board of, or held board observation responsibility for, the following companies: Cafe Rio, Foodsby, Mike’s Hot Honey and Advanced BioEnergy. In addition, Christianson currently serves on the nonprofit board of the Dunwoody College of Technology and is chair of its finance committee. He also served on the board of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation for eight years, where he served as treasurer and chaired both the governance and finance committees.

Christianson graduated from Colorado College and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.