William J. Kridel, Jr.

Bill Kridel is a principal and a Founder of FPG from 1992. Bill is responsible for new business development and for all types of transactions across all of the industry segments covered by the firm as well as participating in the evaluation of science, technology and clinical development aspects of clients, counterparties and competitor companies. In 1991-1992, Bill was a Managing Director of Barclays de Zoete Wedd Limited (BZW) with responsibility for corporate finance and M&A advisory services in a number of countries and a number of sectors including pharmaceuticals, chemicals and oil & gas. Following the sale of his investment banking company, The Kridel Group, to Peers & Company in 1988, Bill ran its European operations from the Paris office of this investment banking affiliate of the Long Term Credit Bank of Japan until early 1991. From 1977-1988 his firm, The Kridel Group, with offices in the US and Europe, specialized in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and equity private placements. From 1971-1977, Bill was a Vice President in the International Corporate Finance Department at Baring Bros. & Co in London and Paris. From 1970-1971, Bill worked in the International Finance and Acquisition group at Banque Paribas in Paris. Following his honors graduations from Choate School, Yale University (BA) and Columbia Law School (JD), and attendance at other institutions for business and chemical engineering degrees, Bill qualified as an attorney in the United States, successfully gaining the license to practice before many bars, including New York State, Patent Court and the US Supreme Court, and practiced (M&A/financings) for a while on Wall Street at Shearman & Sterling. Bill is a regular attendee, Chairman and well-respected presenter, at many leading industry-specific conferences(biotech, pharma and chemicals), usually covering M&A and Corporate Partnering topics (see Papers and Presentations pages of this website for some downloadable documents). [+]