Dean Bradley Osborne
Entrepreneurial ventures aren’t the exclusive territory of the young. After 25 years with Morgan Stanley, Mark Bradley and a handful of partners peeled off earlier this year to start a boutique investment bank, Dean Bradley Osborne (DBO)—and quickly put together deals worth billions.
To Bradley, DBO is a return to the purer form of investment banking that he joined after graduating from Berkeley in 1985. At the time, says Bradley, “Morgan Stanley was a true investment bank; investment banking made up 75 percent of its revenue.” Now it’s less than 15 percent. This is where DBO sees an opening: “We can give CEOs the kind of personal focus, senior-level attention they deserve, without any biases or conflicts.”
Already, DBO has managed a $1.5 billion merger of San Francisco engineering firm URS and Canada’s Flint Energy; shepherded a $225 million investment into troubled nut company Diamond Foods; and worked on private equity firm Silver Lake Partners’ investment in the William Morris Endeavor talent agency. “We’re not a boutique firm that only does deals the big banks don’t want to do,” Bradley says.
Perched high in an office in Embarcadero Center with sweeping bay views, Bradley is a world away from his childhood in Hawaii. “I wouldn’t be anywhere near here if not for my time at Haas,” he says.
He traces his entrepreneurial drive, meanwhile, to his mother, who started a business from scratch and turned it into the biggest Hawaiian real estate firm of its time. He says, “Everything I’ve learned about business started with her.”