Leathers CF
Phil Williams and Abu Ali.
Rebecca Wayman

New corporate finance business launches in the region by two established partners

Two of the region’s biggest dealmakers have joined forces to spearhead the launch of the North East’s newest corporate finance business.

Abu Ali and Phil Williams have both become partners in newly-created Leathers Corporate Finance, which aims to become a key name in its field within the region.

Michael Leather, managing partner at Leathers, takes on the additional role of executive chairman of Leathers Corporate Finance, supporting Abu and Phil to develop their existing knowledge and networking skills.

Abu and Phil are both dealmakers who have strong reputations for their work in supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Phil, who has a broad depth of experience stretching back over 22 years, has held a number of senior corporate finance roles within both practice and industry.

He said: “Having been close to Michael for over 15 years, I know the capability and client service that is in the Leathers DNA, and the solutions it offers to every client, so it makes sense to establish our corporate finance business alongside such a respected brand.

“Leathers has a strong track record for its transactional work and we want to build on that to ensure Leathers Corporate Finance becomes known for offering a trusted, partner-led service of the highest quality to the regional business community.”

Abu added: “We care about our clients and work hard to achieve the best outcomes for them. Working alongside Michael, who is a huge name in this area, we are excited about the future of Leathers Corporate Finance and in making it a force to be reckoned with.”

Michael Leather concluded: “To create a business led by Phil and Abu, two of the most dynamic and highly-rated advisors in the region, is a huge coup; not just for Leathers, but for the North East business community.”

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