Francois Barou

Francois Barou

Tech, media, telecoms

Curt Hopkins

Curt Hopkins

Tech, media, telecoms

Lee Shorten

Lee Shorten

Head of Tech, media, telecoms

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Tech, media, telecoms

Francois Barou

Francois Barou

Tech, media, telecoms

Francois has extensive and in-depth experience of the media sector, having spent over 12 years at Lazard in its TMT M&A advisory team. He has worked with a wide range of media companies and entrepreneurs across traditional and digital media in the UK and Europe. Francois also spent two years on the management board of Metro International, the international newspaper group, responsible for corporate development. More recently, Francois has worked with Corbett Keeling providing M&A, fund raising and strategic development advice to companies with a media/digital and consumer focus.

Curt Hopkins

Curt Hopkins MSc

Tech, media, telecoms

Originally from Georgia, USA, Curt was UK Managing Director of Vodafone Business Services as well as holding senior executive positions at Fujitsu and Nortel. Prior to that, Curt was CFO of emerging market telecoms start-up, Nursat, which grew to be the leading Central Asian internet service / enterprise network provider. He is currently CEO of Consilium Ventures, specialising in mid-market technology buyouts. At Corbett Keeling Curt is a member of our Tech, media and telecoms sector team, focusing particularly on telecoms businesses.

Lee Shorten

Lee Shorten

Head of Tech, media, telecoms

Lee worked with Nokia and Ericsson on the development of the very first smart phone technology as well as in the UK defence and aerospace markets. He then became UK Managing Director for Avaya where he oversaw the turnaround of the UK business and integration of Nortel. Lee’s current activities include coaching executives and helping technology-based companies identify key areas of improvement. He is a member of Corbett Keeling’s Tech, media and telecoms team.

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Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Tech, media, telecoms

Chris has extensive experience in the technology, media and telecoms sector, having worked both for corporates and as a specialist advisor in the sector. After 15 years in corporate roles, including as Business Development Director for Misys plc, the listed UK technology group, he moved into corporate finance. He was Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Technology & Media at Deloitte, where he acted as trusted adviser to entrepreneurs, private equity firms and companies of all sizes, providing deep sector knowledge and experience of transaction planning, negotiation and structuring. At Corbett Keeling, Chris oversees our Equity Growth Accelerator program, advising clients on business development, growth and exit strategies, and leads our Tech, media, telecoms sector team.