Company 2017-11-22T17:03:08+00:00


“…providing comprehensive investment
banking services to emerging growth
companies and wealth management services
to institutions and individuals.”

Laidlaw & Company ®

  • 170 year legacy of independent investment banking and securities brokerage focused on the needs of domestic and international companies, corporate entrepreneurs, institutions and private clients worldwide.
  • A growing network of offices in the United States and Europe with over 150 employees operating under dual FCA authorization and FINRA registration, allowing the firm to develop relationships, pursue new business and service individual clients on a global basis.
  • An entrepreneurial and relationship driven culture characterized by a strong work ethic and a “think outside the box” approach, gathering assets and distributing financial solutions through both captive and independent sales offices.
  • A healthcare focused investment banking and capital markets team of predominantly senior professionals combining ‘bulge’ bracket experience with an entrepreneurial ‘independent’ firm perspective with the goal of providing experienced, ‘hands-on’ transaction management and comprehensive solutions.
  • The ability to assist emerging companies quickly raise capital through our strong retail sales force, which allows our corporate clients the financial flexibility to grow.

Executive Team

Matthew D. Eitner
Matthew D. EitnerChief Executive Officer

Matthew Eitner serves as Chief Executive Officer at Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd. He joined the firm in 2010 and was named CEO in April 2011. Prior to Laidlaw, Mr. Eitner served as Managing Director of the private client group at Aegis Capital Corp., a private investment firm. Before Aegis Capital, Mr. Eitner was a Vice President at Casimir Capital, a boutique investment bank. Mr. Eitner’s experience includes his role as an equities trader at NDB Capital Markets, now Deutsche Bank, and as an Associate at International Strategy & Investment.

Outside of the Firm, Mr. Eitner is involved in a number of charitable organizations, including Covenant House and Good Counsel Homes. Mr. Eitner is also a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, NJ. Don Bosco Prep is a private, Catholic institution, administered by the Salesians of St. John Bosco.

James P. Ahern
James P. AhernManaging Partner, Head of Capital Markets

James Ahern serves as Managing Partner and Head of Capital Markets at Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd. Jim joined the firm in October of 2010 and focuses on arranging financing for both private and public companies, mainly within the healthcare vertical. In 6 years, Jim has strategically grown Laidlaw’s Capital Markets’ team and overseen the firms significant market share expansion, leading or being a part of over 2 billion dollars in transactions. Prior to Laidlaw, Mr. Ahern served as Managing Director of the Private Client Group at Aegis Capital Corp., a private investment firm. Before Aegis Capital, Mr. Ahern was a Vice President at Casimir Capital, a boutique investment bank.

Outside of the firm, Mr. Ahern is on the Board of Overseers for the Massachusetts Bay Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation. Jim is also Vice-Chair of the BBBS Annual Golf Outing, an event which raises nearly 1 million dollars annually for the foundation. An active supporter of his Alma Mater, The Northfield Mount Hermon School, Jim serves as President of the NMH Basketball Alumni Council for Excellence.

John W. Coolong
John W. CoolongChief Compliance Office, Chief Financial Officer

John Coolong joined Laidlaw in May 2011 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Laidlaw, Mr. Coolong was Director of Finance at AeropostaleInc, a publicly traded retail company with $2.0 billion in annual Sales. Between 2001-2006, Mr. Coolong was Controller of ElieTahari LTD and the Controller H&M. Mr. Coolong has also worked in the publishing and medical education industries. Mr. Coolong is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Series 7, Series 63, Series 27 and Series 24 Securities License.