Gordon Dean

Vice Chairman of Investment Banking
Investment Banking
Gordon Dean is a managing director and vice chairman of investment banking at Piper Sandler. Dean joined Piper Sandler through the firm’s acquisition of DBO Partners, where he was a founding partner.

He began his professional career as a securities lawyer in Washington D.C., focusing on the IPOs of financial institutions. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1986 where he rose to become a managing director and vice chairman of investment banking. Dean ran the San Francisco investment banking operations and was co-head of the firm’s Western region.

Dean earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Yale University School of Management and a Juris doctorate from the Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was a Patrick Wilson Scholar. Dean has also served on a variety of boards, including the Georgetown University board of regents as well as the boards of engineering change, KnowledgeBeat, the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Zoological Society, where he was chairman.