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Fraser hire from EY

Grant Thornton boosts team in Aberdeen

Barry FraserGrant Thornton has hired Barry Fraser to lead the further development of its Aberdeen office together with advisory director Ian Knott who joined from Simmons last year. The office opened in October.

Mr Fraser has more than two decades of experience, most recently as executive director at EY, leading the firm’s transaction team in Aberdeen, covering corporate finance, transaction support and restructuring.

He said: “Current market conditions in Aberdeen continue to be challenging but there are signs of improvement that create real opportunities for growth and I very much look forward to establishing a successful offering here in the north east.”

Rob Caven, partner and head of advisory, said: “Barry brings a wealth of transaction experience, including considerable knowledge of the oil and gas services market.

“We are committed to expanding our Aberdeen team and we are delighted that someone of Barry’s stature has agreed to be a part of this journey.

“Aberdeen faces a number of challenges in the year ahead as we prepare for Brexit and increasing global political and economic uncertainty.

“However, we’re working hard to ensure that our business is more resilient than ever before and remains focused on sustainable growth.

“Barry’s appointment reinforces that commitment and I’m confident that we’re creating a knowledgeable, highly experienced team that can play a key role in helping to deliver long term sustainable growth.”

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