Top Dealmaker joins WilliamsAli Corporate Finance as Chairman

WilliamsAli, the North East’s specialist M&A boutique, has announced that award-winning Dealmaker, Paul Kaiser, has taken up the position of Chairman.

Having established a trusted and respected position in the region’s corporate finance market over four years of growth, the move is a further signal of the independent advisory firm’s commitment to providing the very best in tailored advice to its ambitious clients.  In the role of Chairman, Paul will share his skills and experience to support founders, Abu Ali and Phil Williams, in guiding and developing the WilliamsAli team and further strengthening its position in the marketplace.

Over his 40 years as an adviser, Paul has brought a sense of direction and leadership to all of his roles, which included a highly successful 27 years with Deloitte. He is amongst a very small group of advisers in the region to have built a reputation on a national level based on his extensive deal CV and depth and breadth of experience.  A trusted adviser to many clients, he has always strived to deliver the optimum result and has an ability to cut through the noise of a transaction, focus on the key issues, and bridge the gap between buyer and seller.

As a well-known and respected name in the region and beyond, Paul is an important wealth creator within the North East business community.  He has been a key player in the North East market and a trusted advisor to many local businesses.  Paul’s wide network of contacts and wealth of experience in advising businesses in local, national and international transactions have enabled him to add value at any point in the business life cycle, whether raising finance for a growing business or advising exiting shareholders, both private and institutional, on the disposal of their business.

His appointment as Chairman by WilliamsAli is mutual recognition of the alignment between Paul’s experience, skillset and knowledge, and the boutique firm’s continued focus on providing a fresh and friendly approach to transactions backed up by technical excellence.

The major appointment comes at a time when the WilliamsAli team are actively managing a number of significant deals slated for completion later this year having been engaged by several high profile, growing North East clients across a range of sectors.

Paul Kaiser said of the appointment:

“I am delighted to formalise my relationship with Abu and Phil, whom I have enjoyed mentoring over the last nine months. In the four years that WilliamsAli Corporate Finance has been established, the guys’ drive and enthusiasm has established a great market position which we can build upon. For me, this appointment brings the opportunity to support the continued development of an outstanding team, which is something I have enjoyed doing and which has underpinned the success I achieved over my advisory career. The role sits well alongside my existing portfolio of Chair roles and I believe I can continue to add value albeit without having the day to day task of managing transactions.”

Abu Ali, co-founder of WilliamsAli, commented:

“We are delighted with Paul’s decision to join with us. His skills and experience have already proven invaluable both within the business and the market. His presence in the business is supportive of our ambition to develop the WilliamsAli team such that it continues to be recognised as a North East advisory market leader. For the region, it is great that his skills and experience are available for others to learn from.  There has been a significant underinvestment in the local talent pool over recent years and Paul’s track record of developing people is broadly recognised across the profession and by the many that have worked with him over the years”.