Freeman & Co. LLC hired James Murray as a managing director in its New York office to expand its coverage in specialty finance and related areas. Murray’s investment banking experience spans 25 years. He has worked as a managing director at PaineWebber, as group head of North American corporate finance at Fox-Pitt Kelton and as group head of financial institutions at Houlihan Lokey.
Freeman & Co. LLC, a leading independent advisor to the financial services industry, announced today that it has hired James Murray as a Managing Director in its New York office to expand its coverage in specialty finance and related areas. Mr. Murray’s investment banking experience with financial institutions clients spans 25 years, with a particular focus on non-bank lenders. During the past five years, he has raised over $1 billion of capital for growth-oriented financial services companies, as well as having advised on mergers and acquisitions in commercial and consumer finance. In addition, he recently participated in bankruptcy-related engagements involving Lehman Brothers Holdings and CIT Group, among others.
Eric Weber, Managing Director & COO of Freeman & Co., said, “Jim is an excellent addition to our investment banking team. He brings a wealth of experience involving strategic and financing transactions for commercial and consumer finance companies, as well as asset managers, brokers, insurers and banks that will augment Freeman & Co.’s ability to serve clients worldwide.”
Mr. Murray said, “I am excited to join Freeman & Co. I have known a number of their bankers and have had a chance to work with them on transactions over the years. I have always been impressed by their knowledge of the financial services industry and the quality of their unbiased, independent advice. I look forward to working as a member of the team in both the U.S. and Europe.”
In his career prior to joining Freeman & Co., Mr. Murray worked as a Managing Director at PaineWebber, as Group Head of North American Corporate Finance at Fox-Pitt Kelton and as Group Head of Financial Institutions at Houlihan Lokey.
About Freeman & Co. LLC
Founded in 1991, Freeman & Co. LLC is an M&A advisory and strategic consulting firm focused exclusively on the financial services industry with offices in New York and London. The company’s advisory services include mergers and acquisitions advice, capital raising, underwriting, fairness opinions, restructuring advice and private company valuations. Strategic consulting assignments are customized to client needs and have covered a wide array of projects. Additionally, Freeman & Co. developed a proprietary algorithm and methodology for benchmarking the competitive position of capital markets businesses, which has become the industry standard used by major investment banks. For more information, visit www.freeman-co.com.