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Managing Director

Michael Ho

Michael is a Managing Director and co-leads the Buy-Side M&A Advisory group, a part of Fifth Third Securities (“FTS”). Prior to joining Fifth Third, he was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Praxis Partners LLC, a financial advisory firm focused on providing mergers and acquisitions advisory services to middle market companies, and management advisory services and custom executive education programs for financial institutions and large corporations. Before co-founding Praxis Partners and its predecessor company, he was a Principal in Mergers and Acquisitions and Director of Asia-Pacific Investment Banking at Robertson Stephens & Company, a leading financial advisor to emerging growth companies in the high-technology, healthcare, consumer products and specialty retailing industries, and an Associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at the First Boston Corporation, under the direction of Bruce Wasserstein and Joe Perella. Michael is also a Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where he has served on the faculty for over 20 years and currently teaches in the core Finance program and the Mergers and Acquisitions electives for the Residential MBA and Executive MBA degree programs. Dr. Ho has also served as a professor of finance at Babson College and Butler University, teaching courses in financial statement analysis, enterprise valuation, corporate restructuring and investment banking. Michael received his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, his Master of Science in Finance and Law from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About Fifth Third Investment Banking

Navigating the complexities of today’s market requires a specialized and experienced advisor. Fifth Third Investment Banking partners with owner-operators, strategics and financial sponsors to provide mergers & acquisitions (M&A), capital raising and strategic advisory services, both sell-side and buy-side. Our professionals have a long track record of tailoring solutions to unlock value and help our clients reach their critical business milestones. We collaborate across industries and geographies to provide every client with thoughtful advice and diligent transaction execution, supported by a full-service capital markets platform and a leading commercial bank. We have a national presence from coast to coast with over 125 investment bankers, six industry groups and eight offices.
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