Brian Williams

Managing Partner

Quick Facts

  • Deep expertise and knowledge of oilfield industry trends, technology and participants based on experience founding, owning and operating his own business in the sector.
  • Delivers critical, strategic insights and advice on transactions and special situations, with an understanding of the near and long-term value creation potential of oil and gas related businesses.
  • Delivers investment banking, operating, restructuring and strategic advisory expertise to public and private companies in the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Williams has deep experience developing relationships and executing transactions with leading companies, executives, private equity firms and lenders in the oilfield services industry. He has led restructurings and investment banking 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.

Before 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 & gas producers. He led Cretic through its business plan development, fundraising, 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. He has also led the oilfield services investment banking practices at Macquarie Capital and Tristone Capital, serving on the executive committee that led the sale of Tristone to Macquarie. 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. He is a FINRA Registered Representative. Currently, he 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.

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