Brian Maguire

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Brian Maguire
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Virginia
University of Notre Dame
Occupation Financial analyst

Brian Maguire is an American business executive who has worked for several notable companies, including Goldman Sachs, AllianceBernstein, and Lehman Brothers. Most recently, Brian was Head of Investor Relations & Strategy at an energy-transition SPAC. Brian resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife and three children.[1]

Career History

Over his 15+ year career as an equities analyst, Brian Maguire covered a variety of industries with increasing responsibility culminating in his promotion to Senior Analyst of the Paper, Packaging, and Environmental Services sector at Goldman Sachs.

Throughout his career, Brian served as a trusted advisor to many of the largest institutional investors in the world. Investors valued Brian for his detailed financial models, ability to identify long-term thematic trends and his unique aptitude for staying on top of investor sentiment.

More recently, Brian has branched out into roles in Investor Relations and Strategy with a focus on ESG Investing, Energy Transition, and Bitcoin Mining.

Professional Roles

From 1998 to 2003, Brian Maguire worked for Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) as an IT Consultant focused on Financial Services clients.

After earning his MBA in 2005, Brian began working as a sell-side equity research analyst at Lehman Brothers, a global financial services firm that was once the fourth-largest investment bank in the United States, until 2008. While at Lehman Brothers, Brian focused on the Education & Business Services sector.

In 2008, Brian moved over a buy-side equity research role at AllianceBernstein, one of the largest institutional investors in the world. In this role, Brian covered over 100 companies across a wide range of Industrial and Consumer sectors.

Two years later, in 2010, Brian returned to the sell-side, this time as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, a Fortune 500 investment bank headquartered in New York City. From 2010 to 2016 Brian Co-Covered the Chemicals sector at Goldman Sachs. In 2016 he was promoted to Senior Analyst for the Paper, Packaging, and Environmental Services sector at Goldman Sachs.

After a 10 year career at Goldman Sachs, Brian Maguire moved into a corporate role in 2021 as Head of Investor Relations & Strategy at Beard Energy Transition Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: BRD) — a SPAC focused on the global transition from fossil fuels and internal combustion engines to renewable energy and electric vehicles. In this position, Brian oversaw BRD’s $230 million IPO and assisted in sourcing and vetting acquisition targets that will solve the challenges facing the world’s electrical infrastructure from the movement towards renewable energy and electric vehicles.

In 2021, Brian also served as an advisor to a Bitcoin Mining company. In this role, Brian assisted with Investor Relations and Competitive Intelligence.

Industry Recognition

Brian Maguire’s deep industry knowledge and performance as an analyst, both before and during his time at Goldman Sachs, have earned him many notable awards throughout his career.

In particular, Brian was recognized by StarMine as the 2020 Top Stock Picker in Containers & Packaging and the 2014 Top Earnings Estimator in Chemicals.

Brian was also recognized for his stock-picking ability by TipRanks, where he maintains a 4-star rating reflecting a 71% success rate on investment recommendations that have produced a 17% average annual return.

In addition, Brian led the Goldman Sachs Industrials/Materials Unit in stock picking in 2017, 2019, and 2020. Investors recognized Brian’s analytical work and client focus by ranking two of his teams (one each at Goldman Sachs and at Lehman Brothers) in the Top 3 by Institutional Investor magazine. At the same time, industry experts and management teams valued Brian’s perspective on the sectors that he covered, and he was frequently invited to speak at industry conferences and company Board meetings.

By collaborating with numerous management teams on strategy and investor perceptions, facilitating interactions with hundreds of leading institutional investors, and producing objective unbiased research, Brian has become a go-to financial analyst for countless investors.

Investor Education

As a sell-side analyst and investor relations specialist, Brian Maguire developed a reputation for distilling complex industry trends into easy-to-understand investment narratives. For example, his Riding a Wave of Ethane report dissected future supply and demand for esoteric chemical feedstocks and accurately predicted a 50% decline in Chemical input costs over the next year.

Clients always come first for Brian, and he has devoted a great deal of time, energy, and expertise to investor education efforts by hosting dozens of non-deal roadshows and headquarters visits to connect institutional investors with senior management teams. Brian was recognized for these efforts in 2014 when he led the entire Goldman Sachs Research Department in non-deal roadshow yield.

Academic History

Brian received a MBA with a concentration in Finance & Investments from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. While at Darden, Brian was a Portfolio Manager for the student-run investment club that invested several million dollars of the school’s endowment in the US equity and debt markets.

Brian also graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor in Business Administration, double majoring in Finance and History.

Featured Publications

  • The Plastics Paradox - Explored changing consumer and investor views on single-use plastic packaging, recycling availability and technology, and their impact on waste streams.
  • Sustainable Secular Growth – Brian identified growing consumer/brand-owner preference for aluminum can recyclability in this sector upgrade that led to 100% share price appreciation over 9 months.
  • eCommerce Implications - In this publication, Brian assessed the impact of increasing eCommerce retail sales on the packaging industry and accurately predicted the acceleration in corrugated box demand.
  • Corporate Tax Reform - Brian quantified the earnings benefit for publicly-traded waste stocks following US federal tax reform.
  • Riding a Wave of Ethane – This seminal report was read throughout the Chemical industry and was recognized by Goldman Sachs management, for its accurate prediction of a 50% decline in ethane prices and identification of ethylene stocks as primary beneficiaries. Following its publication, shares of many ethylene producers rose 100% in 12 months.


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