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Brian Keegan

Founding Partner

Brian Keegan is an accomplished financial professional with an extensive 35+ year career in investment and corporate banking. In Nov. 2018, Mr. Keegan founded K. B. Keegan & Associates LLC, a corporate finance advisory practice. The firm focuses on optimal capital structure and debt capacity issues attentive to counterparty risk and credit ratings.

Previously, Keegan was a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and earlier, held the same title at J.P. Morgan. Over a five-year period, he contributed to the group's fundraising of US$5 billion. Keegan led numerous teams to deliver actionable solutions working with executive management and government officials in over 50 countries. The foundation of Keegan's exceptional reputation is his proactive, consultative approach to solving problems.

As a founding partner of the Paine Lake Asia Fund, Mr. Keegan's newest assignment will be leading the private equity fundraising and structuring for the Paine Lake Asia Fund.

His extensive work with financial institutions included recommending optimal capital structures, the adequacy of liquidity and funding as well as rating agency strategies. At J.P. Morgan, Mr. Keegan developed and implemented the team’s strategy, prepared the budget and recruited and mentored future leaders.


Mr. Keegan also led Merrill Lynch’s and later J.P. Morgan’s global capital structure advisory businesses. He and the two teams he led focused on assisting the most sophisticated clients resolve complex corporate finance, capital structure and rating agency related problems. In this role, Mr. Keegan provided product agnostic capital structure solutions creating an area of technical expertise for the benefit of clients and colleagues.


Mr. Keegan has worked in both emerging (Africa, Asia and Latin America) and developed markets since the mid 1980’s. Mr. Keegan’s broad set of experience, across industries as well as geographies, enables him to lead effectively by example. His creative and innovative approach to solving problems is unique.


Mr. Keegan received his B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles in 1981 and his M.B.A. from New York University Stern School in 1985. He speaks fluent French and Portuguese as well as conversational Spanish.

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