William Barter joined FRA as a Senior Consultant in 2019 following 30 years in investment banking.
William has three decades of practical experience valuing companies as a fundamental part of his role advising on M&A, capital raising and IPOs. In many cases, his valuation work has formed a central part of his clients’ negotiation strategies as they seek to implement their M&A agendas. This experience spans private companies, private equity backed companies and public companies.
Prior to joining FRA, William held senior management positions at several major investment banks in London. He was co-head of U.K. investment banking at UBS, head of U.K. corporate and investment banking at HSBC and head of U.K. investment banking at Nomura. His career in U.K. investment banking dates back to 1988 when he joined Schroders. William also currently heads an independent advisory boutique which advises public and private clients on M&A, capital raising and investor relations.
Throughout his career, William has specialised in advising U.K. clients across M&A, equity capital raising (IPOs and rights issues) and corporate broking. He has advised on some of the largest and most high profile M&A transactions in the U.K. including ARM on its acquisition by Softbank and Xstrata on its merger with Glencore. He has deep experience across a range of Industries including mining, consumer, real estate, paper and packaging, retail, leisure, aerospace, utilities and business services. He has advised on the sale of Diageo’s wine business to Treasury Estates, the demerger of Intercontinental Hotels from Mitchells and Butlers, various U.K. acquisitions for Heineken, the acquisition and refinancing of Vue and the IPO of Intertek as well as advising other FTSE 100 corporates including Mondi, BHP, easyJet, Land Securities, Severn Trent, East Midlands Electricity, BAA, Coca-Cola Hellenic, Capita, and Centrica.
William has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University.