Jim Nygaard is a Managing Director at XMS Capital Partners and has 19 years of investment banking experience. Since joining XMS in 2008, he has led the execution of several successful strategic transactions and advisory assignments for a diverse range of clients.
Jim began his career at Morgan Stanley as a financial analyst in the investment banking division of the firm’s Chicago office. During his 12-year tenure at Morgan Stanley, he assumed various roles within the corporate finance and M&A practices of the firm. In 1999, he was selected to participate in the firm’s “Accelerated Career Path” program and was promoted directly to an associate position without attending business school. In 2001, Jim was selected to be the administrative associate of the investment banking division in New York. In this firm management role, he assisted the global head of investment banking, leading a variety of strategic and administrative projects for the division.
As an officer in Morgan Stanley’s Chicago office, Jim led coverage, financing and strategic execution efforts for a number of diverse, Midwest-based companies, including 3M, Anheuser-Busch, ConAgra Foods, Ford Motor Company, General Mills, W.W. Grainger and Hospira. Prior to joining XMS, he was a senior member of Morgan Stanley’s Midwest M&A execution practice.
Jim Graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a concentration in financial accounting in the University’s business school. He was valedictorian of his department and received Bronze Tablet Honors, the University’s highest academic distinction.