GRANT THORNTON has appointed Ali Sharifi national head of its corporate finance practice.
Sharifi has been with the firm since 1999 and became a partner in 2005. He will retain a day-to-day involvement in deals around the UK, and the north of England in particular.
From a base in Manchester, he will lead a team of 95 people across seven dedicated corporate finance centres in England – London, Reading, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge and Bristol – and a team in Scotland.
Sharifi said: “The team is already hugely successful and to build on this we shall continue to leverage Grant Thornton’s international network and strong relationships. Over 50% of our deals are conducted cross-border and we enjoy a strong market position in all the major economies, including the United States, China, India, Japan, Germany, and France.”
Mark Byers, UK head of advisory said: “Ali will provide the leadership that ensures delivery of Grant Thornton’s corporate finance strategy. Our vision is to be the leading trusted advisor to our clients, providing the best in class advice and execution excellence to help them grow.”
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