Perella Weinberg Partners has announced that Christopher G. Williams has joined the Firm as a Partner in its Advisory business.
Williams will focus on providing strategic and financial advice to European financial institutions and will be based in London.
Williams comes to Perella Weinberg Partners from Credit Suisse, where he was Executive Vice Chairman of the Global Financial Institutions Group and an Executive Board Member of Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) and Credit Suisse International. During his 28 year career in investment banking, Mr. Williams has advised senior management and boards on numerous complex transactions in the FIG space.
Peter Weinberg, Partner and Head of Advisory at Perella Weinberg Partners, said, 'Financial institutions is an important sector and one where we see increased activity going forward, particularly in Europe. Chris’ global experience and deep sector knowledge will be invaluable to our clients and will further enhance our existing financial institutions coverage'.
Williams stated, 'Perella Weinberg Partners is a well-regarded independent advisory firm with an impressive track record of providing insightful and distinguished advice. I am excited to join a team of this caliber and look forward to partnering with my colleagues to help our clients meet their strategic needs'.
Perella Weinberg Partners has been actively advising financial institutions clients. Some of the Firm’s assignments include advising:
• Willis Group Holdings in connection with its acquisition of a majority (85%) interest in Miller Insurance Services LLP;
• DBRS and its founder Walter Schroeder in connection with its sale to The Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus;
• Novo Banco in connection with the sale of BESI - Banco Espírito Santo de Investimento to Haitong International Holdings for €379m;
• Lone Star in connection with the sale of COREALCREDIT Bank AG to Aareal Bank AG for €342m;
• NYSE Euronext in connection with its sale to IntercontinentalExchange for $10.2bn;
• Citigroup and Morgan Stanley as the independent appraiser of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in connection with Morgan Stanley exercising its option to acquire an additional 14% stake in Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; and
• Julius Baer Group in connection with its acquisition of Merrill Lynch’s International Wealth Management business from Bank of America for up to $1.2bn.