Partnership Capital Growth Advisors Adds New Partner

Christopher Spahr

SAN FRANCISCO — Partnership Capital Growth Advisors (PCG), a leading merchant bank focused on the healthy, active and sustainable living marketplace, today announced that Christopher Spahr has joined the firm as a Partner and will open a PCG office in Chicago this summer.  In his role, Chris will join the senior management team in identifying and leading transactions for growing retail, restaurant and consumer brands in the “better living” space.

“Chris has an impressive career as a trusted advisor to some of the most influential lifestyle brands in the middle market,” said Brent Knudsen, Founder and Managing Partner of PCG.  “Chris’ deep M&A and capital raising experience, industry perspective and network complements PCG’s solid reputation in healthy, active and sustainable living.  We are excited to have him join our senior management team and lead our expansion to Chicago.”

“I am thrilled to be joining PCG, and I am eager to leverage my experience advising successful entrepreneurs, shareholders and management teams with PCG’s unique merchant banking platform in healthy, active and sustainable living,” said Mr. Spahr.  “These sectors have consistently outperformed the broader markets and are an incredible source of innovation.  PCG’s reputation as the pre-eminent middle market firm focused on these sectors, combined with the firm’s strong culture and momentum, are meaningful points of differentiation.”

Prior to joining PCG, Chris spent almost 20 years at William Blair & Company, where most recently he was a Managing Director and Head of Specialty Retail Investment Banking.  Chris spent most of his time at William Blair working with companies focused on better living, and he has extensive public and private transaction experience.  Before his career at William Blair, he was an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs & Company.  Chris holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from Cornell University.

Chris is active in the Chicago community and on the Board of Directors of the LEARN Charter, a successful network of college prep elementary schools in the Chicagoland area.  He lives with his family in the northern suburbs of Chicago.


Partnership Capital Growth is a leading merchant bank that provides full-service merger and acquisition, financing and capital structure services to middle market companies.  The company focuses on consumer products and services in the areas of healthy, active and sustainable living and takes a customized, partnership-first approach to its client relationships and transaction processes.