Alvarez & Marsal Global Transaction Advisory Group Establishes a North America Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions Practice
Alvarez & Marsal’s (A&M) Global Transaction Advisory Group has established a North America Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions practice as part of its U.S. growth strategy. Paul H. Barry and Faisel Hussein join as New York-based Managing Directors and will co-lead the practice.
“Corporate M&A has been a tremendous growth channel for our firm. Both Paul and Faisel’s extensive experience in corporate strategy, growing businesses, and complex M&A transactions augments our ability to address corporate clients’ critical needs,” said Bryan Marsal, Co-Founder of A&M.
“Our continued success and ability to add highly-regarded C-suite leaders to our Global Transaction Advisory group results from strong market demand for a full-service integrated approach to corporate M&A,” said Paul Aversano, Managing Director and Global Practice Leader of A&M’s Transaction Advisory Group. “Paul and Faisel’s significant global M&A experience complements our Transaction Advisory practice and will continue to drive value into our corporate channel as they advise companies on maximizing value of strategic alternatives and execution.”
Mr. Barry brings over 30 years of strategic, financial, and operations experience specializing in the energy, industrial, media, and mining industries. His expertise includes the development and execution of global growth initiatives. He has led over $100 billion of landmark strategic transformations and corporate M&A.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Barry served as Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Public Infrastructure Partners LLC (PIP), where he led the company’s operating platform of highly experienced industry executives with expertise in M&A, operations, and maximizing investor returns. PIP’s partners and clients included leading corporations and private equity, infrastructure, and pension funds in North America and Europe.
Mr. Barry previously served as a senior executive for a number of industry-leading Fortune 500 companies in various strategic, finance, and operational roles including Duke Energy, GE, CBS (Westinghouse), and Kinross Gold.
“I am delighted to join A&M, together with Faisel, to expand the firm’s corporate M&A presence and unlock value for clients. A&M’s full-suite of products and services provide clients with hands-on M&A expertise across every aspect of a transaction,” said Mr. Barry. “The firm’s integrated approach is rooted in its deep operational heritage and is a key differentiator that helps address client’s strategic considerations and performance improvement needs.”
Mr. Hussein brings 20 years of strategic and financial expertise specializing in the technology, media, telecommunications (TMT), mining, healthcare, and energy industries. His expertise includes valuation analysis, transaction structuring, and M&A execution. He has completed over $50 billion in complex public and private corporate transactions including cross-border M&A and long-term strategy formulation.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Hussein served as Chief Development Officer and co-founder of PIP, where he was responsible for global client advisory and led M&A execution to create value across growth, distressed, and undercapitalized opportunities.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Hussein was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup and RBC Capital Markets. While at RBC, he co-founded the Los Angeles investment banking office, expanded the firm’s global footprint, and completed several multi-billion dollar cross-border M&A transactions. Mr. Hussein has also advised public sector, municipal and government entities on M&A and strategy.
“A&M is unparalleled in its ability to both advise and implement across strategy, tax, operations, financial due diligence, performance improvement, and other related M&A services necessary to drive shareholder value. I’ve been extremely impressed with the firm’s results-oriented culture and agility to deliver tangible results for clients,” said Mr. Hussein. “The ability to combine PIP’s intellectual capital and deep industry relationships with A&M’s Transaction Advisory team, provides corporate clients with expert advice necessary to ensure seamless M&A and strategic transactions.”