Lazard hires former Navy intelligence officer as managing director in Charlotte

Financial advisory firm Lazard Middle Market has hired former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer Nathan Pund as its new managing director of its consumer and retail group in Charlotte. Pund will be based locally and work on deals involving active lifestyle clients.

The firm, which provides merger and acquisition advice to mid-sized companies, said over the last decade, Pund has advised on more than 40 M&A and other financial transactions for well-known lifestyle and outdoor brands.

Pund previously served as managing director of investment banking at D.A. Davidson & Co. in Seattle, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He is trained as a Navy counter-terrorism officer with NCIS and as an intelligence officer with Special Operations. He received a master of business administration degree from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

“Nate has built a national reputation over nearly two decades as a top financial adviser in the active lifestyle, outdoor and tactical sectors,” David Solomon, Lazard’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “His athletic and military background brings added credibility in these areas.”

Former Wachovia banker Scott Smith opened Lazard’s southeastern office in uptown Charlotte in the fall of 2008.

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