While Corbett Keeling is proud to be celebrating 25 years, the Keeling family has, in fact, been advising company owners and directors on buying and selling businesses and raising funds for nearly a century. Back in 1923, John Henry Keeling, the grandfather of our own CEO and founder, Jim Keeling, set up London and Yorkshire Trust, one of the original Accepting Houses and Merchant Banks. Michael Keeling, Jim’s father carried on the family tradition, devoting his energy and skill to helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses through mergers and acquisitions. Jim wanted to advise clients in the same way he had seen his forebears doing. Having witnessed some of the changes in the City brought about by Big Bang in the 1980s, in 1993, he decided to set up Corbett Keeling with a vision to re-establish corporate finance with integrity. Our founding ethos continues to drive the way we advise clients 25 years on.
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