Solomon Partners, a New York City-based financial advisory group, has appointed Joseph Watson to the position of managing director of its Technology Investment Banking Group, a new practice the firm is launching to expand and diversify its platform, the company said.

Craig Muir, who will lead the new practice group, will join Solomon on May 3. He and Watson have worked together for nearly a decade, most recently at Houlihan Lokey in the Technology Group, and previously at Quayle Munro, which was sold to Houlihan Lokey in 2018.

Watson brings experience in software, data, analytics, and information services spanning multiple industries to his new role with Solomon, with a focus on the financial and energy verticals, a news release said. He also has M&A and fundraising experience working with private equity and venture capital firms, entrepreneurs, and public companies.

“Solomon prides itself on providing unmatched industry knowledge to the sectors we specialize in,” Marc S. Cooper, CEO of Solomon Partners, said in a news release. “We have been seeking experienced industry experts to develop a group focused on technology - including software, data, analytics and information services. Craig and Joe have successfully built Technology groups from the ground up, and we look forward to having them on board to launch and rapidly expand our Tech team.”

Watson holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the London School of Economics, and is a CFA Charterholder.

“I was attracted to Solomon by the firm’s growth mindset and its dedication to serving clients,” Watson said in a statement. “I look forward to contributing my experience in developing a technology-focused practice to help Solomon diversify its platform to better serve clients.”

Founded in 1989, Solomon Partners, previously known as PJ SOLOMON, is an independently operated affiliate of Natixis, part of Groupe BPCE.