Investment Banking

Senior Management

 

Individual: 

James Baker

Managing Director,
Global Co-Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets

James Baker

James Baker is the global co-head of investment banking and capital markets, as well as a member of the leadership team, of Piper Jaffray.

Prior to assuming his current role, Baker served as co-head of energy investment banking for Simmons Energy | A Division of Piper Jaffray℠. He joined Simmons in 2001 to help grow the firm’s midstream/downstream platform. He was later promoted to lead the midstream/downstream group and manage the upstream group, as well as serve on the Simmons’ board and management committee. During his tenure and in partnership with Fred Charlton, Simmons generated record banking revenues and upheld its position as a premier energy investment bank.

Prior to joining the firm, Baker held several positions within Koch Industries including director of Koch energy, leading corporate finance and corporate development initiatives for Koch’s energy businesses and chief financial officer of Koch Gateway Pipeline Company (now GulfSouth). Subsequently, he was a director for Alton Geoscience, consulting to refining and marketing companies on the West Coast.

Baker is a member of the advisory board of the Posse Foundation, Houston chapter. He holds a chemistry degree from Colorado College and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Scott LaRue

Managing Director,
Global Co-Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets

Scott LaRue

Scott LaRue has served as global co-head of investment banking and capital markets at Piper Jaffray since 2010.

Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, LaRue served as global co-head of the consumer and industrials investment banking groups. He joined Piper Jaffray in 2003 and spent much of his career covering the consumer sector, ultimately serving as co-head of Piper Jaffray consumer investment banking. LaRue was also a founding member and continues to serve on the investment committee for the Piper Jaffray merchant banking group.

In the course of LaRue’s 25 years in the investment banking industry, he has completed numerous transactions across a wide range of industries including packaged goods, food and beverage, agribusiness, retailing, real estate, gaming, lodging and diversified industrials. His extensive background in corporate finance includes mergers and acquisitions, public stock offerings, leveraged finance, asset securitizations and public and private debt offerings.

Prior to joining Piper Jaffray, LaRue led the food and beverage industry team at CSFB/DLJ, where he was the firm’s senior consumer product banker on the West Coast. Before that, he was a managing director at Bank of America Securities.

LaRue is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

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