Baird Global Investment Banking delivers advisory and financing services to companies, entrepreneurs and private equity firms around the world. We achieved our second-highest year of revenues in the history of our business in 2019. We also completed nearly 200 advisory and financing deals, with increases in M&A dollar volume, equity capital raised and number of debt advisory transactions over the prior year. In addition to serving many repeat clients during 2019, we also advised 35 new financial sponsor clients. We ended the year with our best quarter ever, generating the highest three months of revenue in the history of our business, and entered 2020 with a record level of engagements.
2019 marked both the 100th anniversary of Baird and the 25th anniversary of our Global Investment Banking business, and we are incredibly proud of and grateful for the truly international platform that we have today and the ability to use those resources to support and serve our client partners around the world.
One of our competitive advantages is our deep subsector expertise within our industries of focus, and in 2019 we continued to deepen our sector, product and geographic coverage to complement our existing platform. We expanded our global technology & services franchise by adding London-based coverage for technology and deepened our coverage of the facilities, industrial, rental and environmental (FIRE) sector. With new strategic alliances, we strengthened our capabilities and offerings in the energy and real estate sectors. To expand our global healthcare platform, we enhanced our provider services sector coverage. We also welcomed additional senior resources to our Financial Sponsor Group and deepened our team of well-regarded M&A leaders.
Baird's franchise now includes approximately 375 investment bankers around the world - the most talented team we've ever had.
These developments underscore our commitment to delivering the right mix of industry knowledge, product expertise and geographic insight to each client. We take a "one global team" approach to all we do, working as a single unit to serve each of our clients. Operating on one profit-and-loss statement drives deep collaboration and helps ensure each of our clients benefits from our full team's expertise, creativity and perspective.
This model creates a distinct culture in our business. We are a team focused on delivering outstanding client service and driving exceptional outcomes through a high level of integrity, a commitment to excellence and innovative thinking. We are committed to preserving this culture in the years ahead, remaining the employer of choice in investment banking and supporting our team as they advance in their careers.
While industry headwinds persisted during 2019, we continued to invest in our platform. We covered more than 700 companies at year's end, continuing our commitment to delivering high-quality, actionable insights. This coverage is complemented by macroeconomic research from Strategas, an industry-renowned Baird company that was recognized as the top macro firm on Wall Street by Institutional Investor for the third consecutive year.
Meanwhile, Baird's equities capabilities were recognized in Greenwich Associates' annual survey of institutional investors and portfolio managers. We were humbled to be recognized as No. 1 for overall quality in sales, corporate access and research and "best trading for small-/mid-cap equities" among middle-market firms.1
Additionally, we remain committed to offering a world-class execution platform and continued to invest in our electronic execution capabilities by strategically adding talent, tools and technology to provide a differentiated level of service in this evolving marketplace.
Our Global Corporate Access team is entering its sixth decade of long-standing corporate relationships, focused on facilitating connections between institutional investors and corporate leadership. In addition to generating more than 20,000 investor meetings during 2019, the team executed three annual investor conferences and upheld the firm's No. 1 ranking for "most useful conferences and seminars" in the 2019 Greenwich survey.
We are committed to being an employer of choice in our industry. Our Equities leaders are focused on retaining our talent and recruiting new, top talent to our team.
1Greenwich Associates North American Equity Investors - U.S. Small-/Mid-Cap Funds and U.S. Equities Sales, Corporate Access & Research, May 2019. Surveys conducted with 100 small-cap and mid-cap fund managers and 169 fund managers and 269 traders, respectively. Rankings for qualitative metrics based on leading research firms in surveys.