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Grant Thornton adds two to PE practice

Grant Thornton LLP, one of America’s largest audit, tax and advisory firms, is expanding its private equity capabilities by hiring Bill McManus and Alex Arata to lead the firm’s Value Creation Planning services offering. 

Grant Thornton LLP, one of America’s largest audit, tax and advisory firms, is expanding its private equity capabilities by hiring Bill McManus and Alex Arata to lead the firm’s Value Creation Planning services offering. 

Grant Thornton says McManus and Arata will provide the firm’s private equity clients and their portfolio companies with comprehensive solutions that “help drive organic and inorganic strategic growth and accelerate enterprise value creation through the entire transaction lifecycle.”

McManus joins the firm as a managing director in the Strategy and Transactions practice. He brings to Grant Thornton more than 30 years of private equity and consulting experience and has worked with executive management teams at mid-sized and Fortune 100 companies in a variety of industries.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, he held leadership and client delivery roles at PwC and Alvarez & Marsal and most recently, he served as a senior director and private equity segment executive at Point B. 

Arata joins Grant Thornton as a business development executive also within the Strategy and Transactions practice. He has more than 20 years of experience shaping and executing go-to-market and new venture strategies to build executive and board level alignment.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Arata held leadership roles at Accenture and Cushman & Wakefield and most recently served as a private equity director at Point B, where he was a founding member of the Private Equity Services team tasked with developing the consulting and advisory practice tailored to private equity clients. 

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