Peter Benham is a managing director and leads the East Coast healthcare and life science sponsor finance team in Boston. Peter provides customized financing solutions to support private equity-backed mergers, acquisitions and recapitalizations. With more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance and banking, he takes pride in partnering with passionate founders and investors to help them achieve their growth goals.
Today, Peter works closely with a network of top-tier financial sponsors and industry experts nationally—all collaborating to support innovative solutions in healthcare and life science. In 2018, Peter was the recipient of the prestigious SVB President’s Award.
Before joining SVB in 2017, Peter spent more than 14 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and its predecessors. As a senior vice president, he covered technology companies at all growth stages and worked extensively with private equity firms. Earlier, Peter served as a managing director and team leader in asset securitization, and he also worked in the healthcare and corporate banking groups. Previously, he was senior vice president at RBS Citizens, where he helped create the lender finance group.
Peter also has startup experience relevant for private equity–backed companies. He joined NewStar Financial as a startup and was with the company when it went public. As a managing director at NewStar, he helped build the structured products group and worked in leveraged finance, providing senior and subordinated capital for sponsor–backed transactions primarily in healthcare, technology and financial services.
Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He also gained his Series 7 and Series 63 licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
As a youth, Peter lived in in England, France and Aruba. He now resides in Needham, MA with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys motorcycling, biking and skiing.