Jim Freedman

"As an entrepreneur and founder of two highly successful investment banks over the past 30 years, I am constantly inspired by the enthusiasm, perseverance and success of entrepreneurs. Helping them realize and monetize the significant enterprise value they have built through many years of hard work and risk-taking is the greatest honor anyone could have. Their stories are endless and their contributions to society are unsurpassed."

Jim Freedman

Managing Director :: Chairman


  • Cornell University, B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations
  • University of California, Los Angeles, MBA in Finance

Professional Credentials

  • FINRA-registered General Securities Principal
  • Member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO)
  • Member of World President’s Organization (WPO)
  • Member Chief Executive Organization (CEO)
  • Chairman of YPO Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Transactions Seminar (2015 and 2016)
  • Co-Chair of the ACG LA Business Conference (2000-2016)
  • Lecturer at UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management

Jim is Managing Director, Chairman and Founding Principal of Intrepid. He has more than 30 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience, and is an expert in the financial aspects of corporate strategy. He founded Barrington Associates, the predecessor firm to Intrepid, in 1982, which was subsequently sold to Wells Fargo Securities in 2006.

Jim has advised numerous middle-market companies in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate valuation, and strategic decisions. In addition, he has acted as the principal financial advisor in hundreds of capital raisings and mergers and acquisitions transactions ranging in value from $20 million to $1 billion.

Prior to founding Barrington, he was Vice President at Foothill Group Inc., where he was in charge of corporate development, as well as the commercial lending division for the California region.

Jim has been listed in “Who’s Who in Banking and Finance” in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s annual poll of the 100 most influential individuals in the Los Angeles financial service community. Moreover, Jim is active in community affairs and serves on the Board of Directors of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center, the Board of Visitors of the UCLA Anderson School, the Board of Directors of the Yosemite Conservancy, the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Hospital, and the Board of Directors of the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research.

Jim enjoys boating, fitness, travel and technology. Above all, he believes that everyone can and should try to make a positive difference in the world.

Featured Transactions

*Represents transactions executed by principals of Intrepid while at prior firms.