CFO & General Counsel
About Ian Laird
Ian has 35 years of finance experience as a lawyer, investment banker, private equity investor and entrepreneur. He is currently CFO and General Counsel of New Leaf Data Services, LLC, a data analytics company, which he co-founded in 2015. From 2009 to 2017, Ian was a co-founder and partner at American Working Capital, a merchant banking firm that provides investment banking services and capital to middle market private companies. From 2007 to 2009, he was a principal of The Yucaipa Companies LLC, a multi billion dollar investment firm, where he was responsible for sourcing, structuring and executing private equity investments. Previously, he was a managing director at Duff & Phelps, an international investment banking firm, where he focused primarily on middle market M&A and corporate finance.
In 1989, Ian founded Old Mill Partners, Inc., a merchant banking firm that specialized in large-scale, non-recourse project financings in renewable energy, waste recovery, pulp and paper, infrastructure and mining, raising more than $1 billion in capital. From 1986 to 1991, he was a co-founder, officer and director of the Toll Road Corporation of Virginia that developed the Dulles Greenway, the first modern privately financed toll road in the United States. From 1985 to 1989, he was a managing director and then head of investment banking at J. J. Lowrey & Co., a boutique investment banking firm, and the president and co-founder of First Principal Corporation, an affiliated management buyout firm. During this period, he led the acquisition of Argo-Tech Corporation, the leading manufacturer of fuel pumps for jet engines, from TRW Inc. in a $150 million management buyout.
Ian started his career as an attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft. He received his B.A. with honors from Middlebury College, and his J.D. from Washington & Lee University Law School where he was a member of the law review.