Perella Weinberg Partners
Mr. Prather is a Partner in Perella Weinberg Partners’ Advisory business. He focuses on advising clients in the Industrials sector.
Mr. Prather has over 20 years of investment banking experience assisting companies on a wide range of financial and strategic matters. During his tenure at Perella Weinberg Partners (“PWP”), he has advised on multiple transactions for clients including International Paper on the spin-off of its Global Papers business, Neenah on its merger of equals with SWM, Campbell Global on the sale of Crown Pine Timber (1.1 million acres) to CatchMark Timber Trust for $1.39 billion; Pittsburgh Corning on the sale of the company for $0.6 billion to Owens Corning; Hancock Natural Resource Group on multiple transactions including its Texarkana and Alexandria timberland sales; Millar Western on its restructuring and majority stake sale to Atlas Holdings LLC; RMS on the sale of timberland assets to Potlatch Corporation, and International Paper on the spin off and merger of its Xpedx division with Unisource.
Prior to joining PWP in November of 2013, Mr. Prather worked at Goldman Sachs from 2006 to 2013 where he most recently served as a Managing Director responsible for paper, packaging and forest products industry client coverage. He was previously a Director of UBS Investment Bank. Mr. Prather began his career at Simpson Investment Company, a privately-held timberland owner based in Seattle, WA.
At Goldman Sachs and UBS, he actively worked with multiple clients including advising International Paper on its $6.6 billion timberlands sale; Temple-Inland on its strategic transformation and $2.4 billion timberlands sale; Bowater on its $6.0 billion merger of equals with Abitibi-Consolidated; and MeadWestvaco on multiple transactions including the spin-off and merger of its Office Products division with Acco Brands, the $2.4 billion sale of its Coated Paper division to Cerberus, and the $1.1 billion sale of its Community Development and Land Management division to Plum Creek Timber.
Over his career, Mr. Prather has advised on the sale of well over $20 billion of timberland assets totaling over 20 million acres.
Mr. Prather earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in history and international affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He serves on the Board of the Forest History Society.