88 E Broad St, Suite 1750

Columbus, OH 43215

About Us

Lawrence, Evans & Co. LLC was founded in 2003 and has since grown to include a full staff of consultants with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. Clients typically are under $250 million in revenues and maybe distressed or start-ups.

We provide investment banking, corporate finance, and advisory services. See an overview of our services.

Lawrence, Evans & Co., LLC was named a top 25 Lower Middle Market Investment Bank by Axial. Click here

Our Team

Neil Johnson

Managing Partner

Neil Johnson has more than 20 years of healthcare investment banking and private equity experience including completion of over $1 billion of corporate finance transactions involving merger and acquisitions, equity and corporate debt financings as well as distressed asset acquisitions and divestitures.

As Managing Partner of Lawrence, Evans & Co., LLC, Mr Johnson’s responsibilities primarily include deal sourcing and evaluation, transaction structuring, securing financing including debt and equity, and fundraising. Many of the completed transactions have involved acute care hospitals, senior housing, home health, behavioral health, revenue cycle management, health IT, big data, analytics or other services related companies.

Prior to forming Lawrence, Evans & Co., LLC, Mr. Johnson worked at one of the largest asset based healthcare lenders in the country and spent time with a national healthcare investment bank as an underwriter. Mr Johnson’s relevant experiences include time as a healthcare bond trader managing over $100 million in assets at a regional based investment advisor. Neil spent time in Germany with an internet start-up and was involved with a successful sale of an internet consumer marketing company.  Additionally, he spent time early on in his career with the bank First Chicago NBD that is now part of JPMorganChase.

Neil is a board member and executive of several other companies including 1212 Capital LLC and NS Fund I LLC.   He is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth, Healthcare Business Management Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Turnaround Management Association, and the First Connect Bio Medical Steering Committee as well as an education contributor to the Harvard Business School.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Management from Albion College. Mr. Johnson received his Masters of Business Administration degree from Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business.  He is also a 1994 NCAA National Football Champion, Albion College Hall of Fame Individually and as a 4 time Team Member and NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Recipient (w/ Peyton Manning and Brian Griese).

Michael Goletz


Michael Goletz has over 20 years of financial services experience originating, structuring, and closing lending and capital structure solutions for public and privately held companies across the US.

Mr. Goletz partners with Lawrence, Evans & Co., LLC on select transactions that leverage his primary skill set of deal generation, transaction execution, and capital structure optimization. Concurrently, Michael is the Managing Director and Founder of Clear Horizon Capital Advisors, LLC which is a boutique investment bank focused on debt placement and capital raising.

Prior to Lawrence, Evans & Co., LLC, Mr. Goletz worked in origination roles covering the Midwest for White Oak Commercial Finance (non-bank Asset Based Lender), WNB Specialty Finance (start-up bank-owned Asset Based Lender), GE Capital (Corporate Finance division focused on non-sponsored companies), PNC Bank (roles in commercial banking and commercial real estate), and Lehman Brothers (fixed income sales & trading).

Mr. Goletz earned his Master of Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington where he majored in Finance and minored in Decision Support Modeling. Mr. Goletz earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and graduated cum laude from Butler University. While at Butler, Mr. Goletz was a four-year letter winner for Butlers I-AA Football Team, was a Two-time winner of the GTE Academic All-American for Football (One of 22 Recipients in 1998 & 1999), and was a recipient of the Burger King College Football Scholarship (1999).

Ram Vellanki MD


Ram recently spent time at Citizens Capital Markets, M&A Advisory working on sell side and buy side engagements.  Prior to, he worked in clinical research at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and managed a psychiatry practice. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a MBA in corporate finance from Fisher College of Business. Prior to his MBA, he received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from NRI Medical College. Ram is originally from Springfield, Ohio and enjoys golfing and finding new restaurants with his fiancée.

Leyna Rosen

Director of Communications & Marketing

Leyna leads the communications and marketing effort at Lawrence, Evans & Co., LLC. She is currently playing a key role for our Health Care Capital Markets & Innovation Summit in June, 2021. Prior to joining Lawrence, Evans & Co. LLC, Leyna was the Chief Communications Officer with a United Nations non-profit in New York City. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Sustainability in Business. She is originally from Long Island, NY but has decided to stay in Columbus, OH with her fiancée and the growing opportunities here. Leyna is passionate about fighting climate change and outside of work she enjoys tennis, the outdoors, and traveling.

Justin Webbs


Justin is currently a 2nd year MBA student at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He is an active member of both the Fisher Graduate Finance Association, as well as the Fisher Black MBA Association. Prior to starting his MBA, he was a professional poker player for three years before entering the corporate world as an Analyst and Accountant for TravelCenters of America. Justin is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and enjoys going out with friends and exercising.