Coming Fall 2022
Gina Cocking is a managing director and Partner at Colonnade Securities, a boutique investment banking firm that specializes in mergers and acquisition and capital raising advisory services for clients in business services and financial services. She leads the firm’s efforts in advising automotive business services companies. She is the lead writer on numerous whitepapers, including multiple publications on the automotive F&I industry.
Cocking’s career has included not only investment banking, but also executive leadership roles in business and financial services companies. She began her career in investment banking at Kidder Peabody, was an analyst at Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm, and an associate at J.P. Morgan & Co. She was a vice president at Colonnade from 1999 to 2003 and left to gain operating experience as the chief financial officer of Cobalt Finance, a specialty finance company and Healthcare Laundry Systems, a private-equity backed company for which she oversaw the successful sale to a strategic acquirer. Cocking served as the line of business CFO for Consumer Banking and Lending at Discover Financial Services which included its $29 billion bank, $3.5 billion personal loan business.
She received her BA in Economics with Honors and MBA from the University of Chicago. Additionally, Cocking holds the Series 24, 28, 79, and 99 securities licenses.