Will Cooper is a founder and Managing Director of BlackArch. He has 20 years of experience in middle-market mergers and acquisitions transactions, including more than 75 sellside, buyside and strategic advisory assignments.
Mr. Cooper serves as co-head of the firm’s Energy practice. His diverse industry experience includes Energy, Healthcare Products & Services; Diversified Industrials; Building Products & Infrastructure; Distribution; and Applied Technology. Prior to starting BlackArch, Mr. Cooper was a director with Edgeview Partners, a leading middle-market investment bank based in Charlotte. At Edgeview, Mr. Cooper advised on numerous transactions.
Prior to joining Edgeview Partners in 2005, Mr. Cooper was a director in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice of Ernst & Young Corporate Finance LLC (“EYCF”). As part of the Health Sciences industry team at EYCF, Mr. Cooper was responsible for initiating and executing exclusive sale, acquisition and private placement transactions for U.S. healthcare and life sciences companies and coordinating cross-border transactions with Ernst & Young’s European offices.
Mr. Cooper earned both a master of science degree in accountancy and a bachelor of science degree in accountancy from Wake Forest University. He holds a master of business administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was named a Fuqua Scholar.
Mr. Cooper lives in Charlotte with his wife and two sons.