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H2C Expands its Capital Markets and Mergers and Acquisitions Teams 

January 2023

H2C Securities Inc. (“H2C”), a strategic advisory and investment banking firm focused on healthcare, higher education and related companies, is pleased to announce the expansion of its capital markets and mergers and acquisitions teams with the addition of two new Directors: Carlos Aro and Chaz Bauer.  

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Carlos Aro, Nashville

Mr. Aro has almost 15 years of experience providing capital advisory services to a broad range of health care and higher education institutions.  He has helped prominent institutions across the country in developing and implementing capital formation strategies.  Mr. Aro has a strong background in structuring and executing complex debt and derivatives products, having advised on over $10 billion of derivative transactions including execution, terminations and amendments.  

In his role at H2C, Mr. Aro will advise healthcare organizations, academic medical centers and higher education institutions on capital strategy, risk assessment, and the execution of financings that support their short-term objectives and long-term strategies.


Prior to joining H2C, Mr. Aro served as a Director for Ponder & Co.  Initially tasked with helping to bolster Ponder’s derivatives capabilities, Mr. Aro transitioned into the financial advisory role and led over $10 billion of financings for his clients, with products ranging from traditional fixed rate debt to various variable rate debt alternatives.

Mr. Aro received his undergraduate degree in economics and finance from Vanderbilt University, where he was a recipient of the Ingram Scholarship.  He is a registered municipal advisor.

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Chaz Bauer, Chicago


Mr. Bauer brings over a decade of experience executing M&A and joint venture transactions across different investment banking, private equity, and corporate development platforms. Much of his career has been spent working in the healthcare industry, where he has deep experience working with health systems, home care providers, post-acute providers, multi-site providers, managed care organizations, and other services providers. At H2C, Mr. Bauer will provide strategic advisory and transaction execution services to leading healthcare organizations and investment firms.

Prior to joining H2C, Mr. Bauer led corporate development at Beaumont Health, where he was responsible for system-wide mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, and other strategic initiatives. Mr. Bauer’s prior experience includes roles at Surgical Care Affiliates, H.I.G. Capital, and Houlihan Lokey.


Mr. Bauer received his M.B.A. (with honor) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his B.A. in Finance (with honor) from Michigan State University. He resides in the Chicago area with his wife and daughter.

About H2C Securities Inc. 

H2C is a strategic advisory and investment banking firm committed to providing superior advice to healthcare organizations and related companies throughout the United States. H2C’s professionals have a long track record of success in healthcare mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, real estate, and restructuring transactions, acting as lead advisors on hundreds of transactions representing billions of dollars in value.

Securities and services offered through H2C Securities Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and an indirect subsidiary of Fifth Third Bank, National Association. All rights reserved. Securities and services offered through H2C Securities Inc.: Are Not FDIC Insured; Offer No Bank Guarantee; May Lose Value; Are Not Insured by any Federal Government Agency; Are Not a Deposit. 

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