Wells Fargo Securities
Murphy is Managing Director, Middle Market Investment Banking at Wells Fargo Securities, where he focuses on M&A as well as equity and debt financings for middle-market sponsors and their portfolio companies. In an earlier role, Murphy was in Wells Fargo Securities’ (previously Wachovia) Investment Banking Equity Private Placement group, leading the firm’s efforts across all industry sectors in raising private equity, structured equity, and mezzanine debt capital to support the growth initiatives of Wells Fargo’s clients.
Earlier, Murphy was a partner with a boutique M&A advisory and merchant banking firm. In that firm’s largest principal transaction, he helped lead the negotiations to secure additional equity and bank financing sources, helped recruit a new CEO, and was instrumental in negotiating and closing the transaction. That investment was sold in 2008 and returned roughly 30% IRR for investors.
Murphy completed his fellowship at Kitty Hawk Capital where he focused on regional investment opportunities and spent the second half of his fellowship working directly in operating roles with two of Kitty Hawk’s portfolio companies. He then moved to TL Ventures, where he was responsible for identifying and managing investments in information technology, software, and communications.
Prior to Kitty Hawk, Murphy made private equity investments in media and entertainment companies for GE Capital on behalf of NBC. In that role, he was the lead Associate on NBC’s successful minority investment in ValueVision (cable television’s ShopNBC), the third largest home shopping cable network in the US. Murphy began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst with Smith Barney’s Technology Group in San Francisco.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Murphy received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in economics from Stanford University.
Murphy Clark completed his fellowship as a member of Class 5 with mentor Walter Wilkinson at Kitty Hawk Capital, the oldest venture capital firm in the Southeastern United States.