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Lee Burrows formed Banks Street Partners, LLC in 2009 and serves as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer. Lee is in constant contact with firm clients advising them on long-term strategy and specific transactions. He also heads our business development and sets our firm strategy so that we provide optimal services to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients. Overall, Lee has 35 years of experience advising financial institutions around the country, with a particular focus on the Southeast.
Lee began his career working with financial institutions at Trident Securities, Inc., a boutique investment banking firm focused exclusively on financial institutions. He joined Trident in 1983 as an investment banker, became a managing director and co-owner of the firm in 1987, and helped to negotiate the sale of Trident to KeyCorp in 1999. He continued to co-manage Trident as a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets until 2003. During his tenure at Trident, the firm completed 545 capital-raising initiatives for community financial institutions in every region of the United States. Trident also operated a trading desk that specialized in the equities of hundreds of community financial institutions. Trident consistently ranked at or near the top of league tables for number of bank merger transactions negotiated in the Southeast in the years prior to Lee’s departure.
After leaving Trident and prior to starting Banks Street Partners, Lee served on the board of directors of Burke Capital Group, an Atlanta-based boutique investment bank focused on community financial institutions from 2004-2008. Lee left the board at the end of 2008 upon Burke Capital’s sale to Morgan Keegan Inc.