Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Investment Banking Expands with a New Managing Director

The investment banking team at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. announced the addition of Andrew Chidester as managing director as the firm continues to expand its investment banking resources.

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  • The investment banking team at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. announced the addition of Andrew Chidester as managing director as the firm continues to expand its investment banking resources.
  • He will continue Benjamin F. Edwards investment banking focus on selling middle-market companies and will be based in Chicago.
  • Previously, Chidester worked as a managing director in Investment Banking for Matrix Capital Markets Group, Amherst Partners, and Duff & Phelps, Inc., all in Chicago.
  • A subsidiary of Benjamin Edwards, Inc., Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. is a national wealth management firm that provides a wide-array of financial products and advisory services, as well as investment banking services.


The investment banking team at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. announced the addition of Andrew Chidester as managing director as the firm continues to expand its investment banking resources.

Chidester brings with him more than 25 years of investment banking and corporate finance expertise in food and beverage, industrial manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, building products, healthcare and business services. He will continue Benjamin F. Edwards’ investment banking focus on selling middle-market companies and will be based in Chicago.

Previously, Chidester worked as a managing director in Investment Banking for Matrix Capital Markets Group, Amherst Partners, and Duff & Phelps, Inc., all in Chicago. He also served as vice president with Brown Gibbons Lang and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in their Midwest Private Equity Group.

Chidester holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Music from Carleton College, an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Master of Science in Accounting from DePaul University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is qualified as a FINRA General Securities Representative (Series 7) and a Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63).

“We are pleased to extend our investment banking presence to Chicago. The hiring of Andy Chidester provides us with the capacity needed to grow our business well into the future,” said Benjamin F. (Tad) Edwards IV, chairman and CEO of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. “Our pipeline of potential business is strong and our personalized service and informed and insightful advice continue to set us apart.”

Formed in 2013, the investment banking team at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. continues to be primarily focused on selling middle-market companies.

About Benjamin F. Edwards

With a tagline of “Investments for Generations,” Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Founded in 2008 by Benjamin F. (Tad) Edwards IV, the firm opened its first office location in 2009 and currently has 73 offices in 27 states, more than 600 employees, and more than $26 billion in assets under management (AUM).

A subsidiary of Benjamin Edwards, Inc., Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. is a national wealth management firm that provides a wide-array of financial products and advisory services, as well as investment banking services.

In addition, the holding company encompasses Edwards Wealth Management, which is a corporate Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm that delivers a comprehensive, best-in-class, back-office platform to independently-owned advisory firms.

For more information about Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., please visit the firm’s corporate website, benjaminfedwards.com, or follow the company on Twitter.com/GrowWithBFEC.

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