barry-obrienBarry O'Brien

European Chairman of M&A, Corporate Finance for Jefferies

Barry O’Brien is the European Chairman of M&A and Corporate Finance for Jefferies, the international investment bank. 

In October 2013 Barry retired from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer having been a partner for nearly 30 years specialising in M&A, securities offerings and corporate governance. Barry’s clients included HSBC, Tesco, Invensys, Smith & Nephew, Northern Rock, Mars, Lloyd’s of London (he received the Lloyd’s medal for his contribution to the rescue of Lloyd’s in 1996) and a wide range of investment banks including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Rothschilds, Perella Weinberg and Moelis.

At Freshfields Barry held numerous leadership positions including worldwide Corporate Practice Group leader, membership of the Partnership Council and chair of its Corporate Governance group. Barry featured in all of the legal directories (UK and worldwide) as one of the top corporate lawyers and received numerous awards recognising his achievements.

Barry has a keen interest in education being the chair of governors of Haggerston Community School in Hackney, chair of Arnold House School in St. John’s Wood, a governor of Rugby School and until recently a member of Business in Community Education Leadership Team and a trustee of PRME (a charity dedicated to work experience for disadvantaged children). Barry also established the Freshfields scholarship at UCL which supports two law undergraduates a year from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Barry went to school in Cardiff, graduated from University College London and is married with three children. He is a keen sportsman, being the Chairman of Glamorgan CCC and a member of the MCC, a member of Loch Lomond and Brocket Hall golf clubs and keen supporter of Welsh Rugby and Arsenal. He also enjoys opera, contemporary art and theatre.

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