Brian A. Williams has nearly 20 years of oil and gas investment banking, strategic advisory and operating experience focused on oilfield services mergers and acquisitions, public and private capital raises, restructurings, principal investing and executive management. His deep expertise and knowledge of oilfield industry trends, technology and participants allows him to provide value-added insights and advice on transactions and special situations where understanding both the near-term and long-term value creation potential of an oil and gas related business is critical in developing a strategy which optimizes the outcomes for stakeholders.
Prior to joining Carl Marks Advisors Mr. Williams served as Chief Financial Officer, Co-founder and Director of Cretic Energy Services, a provider of leading-edge completion services to oil and gas producers where he led Cretic through its business plan development, fund raising, start-up, growth and execution phases growing the business to over $50mm of revenue and $20mm of EBITDA run-rate in its first year of operations.
Previously Mr. Williams led the oilfield services investment banking practices at Macquarie Capital and Tristone Capital where he served on the executive committee that led the sale of Tristone to Macquarie. In these roles Mr. Williams developed relationships and executed transactions with leading companies, executives, private equity firms and lenders in the oilfield services industry. He has led transactions for companies involved in fracking, land drilling, offshore drilling, well servicing, coiled tubing, wireline, directional drilling, downhole tools, manufacturing, rentals, offshore construction and services, engineering, and numerous other segments of the industry.
During his career, Mr. Williams has participated in oil and gas merger and acquisition transactions of over $4bln and capital raises of over $3bln. He also led principal investment transactions which deployed over $100mm of capital into high-growth oilfield services and E&P companies.
Mr. Williams currently serves as a director of United Vision Logistics, a leading oilfield transportation and logistics provider and previously served as a director and strategic advisor of US Seismic Systems, a provider of next-generation fiber optic seismic data acquisition technology.
Mr. Williams began his investment banking career with Simmons & Company International. Prior to entering the investment banking industry he held several engineering and operations management roles at Diageo and Pratt & Whitney.
Mr. Williams earned a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Harvard Business School.