Managing Director and Chairman
Jim Freedman is Managing Director, Chairman, and Founding Principal of Intrepid Investment Bankers. He has more than 35 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience, and he is an expert in the financial aspects of corporate strategy. He founded Barrington Associates in 1982, the predecessor firm to Intrepid, which was subsequently sold to Wells Fargo Securities in 2006.
Jim has advised more than 500 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 more than $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 was featured as a “Visionary” by the LA Times Banking & Finance Magazine in 2021. In 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016, Jim was featured as one of the most influential people in Los Angeles finance in the Money Book edition of the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) for his many contributions to the local business community. He also appeared on the cover of LABJ’s Power Players, a special issue that highlights the top five dealmakers that keep LA’s middle market bustling. Further, he has been listed in “Who’s Who in Banking and Finance” in LABJ’s annual poll of the 100 most influential individuals in the Los Angeles financial service community. In addition, Jim is a tenured C-Suite Advisor for CSQ Magazine, an award-winning LA-based business executive publication for visionaries and entrepreneurs for which he has authored numerous articles.
Moreover, Jim is active in community affairs and serves on the Board of Directors of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center, the Board of Advisors of the UCLA Anderson School, the Board of Directors of the Yosemite Conservancy, the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research, and the Board of Directors for the Simon Foundation for Education and Housing.
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.
*Represents transactions executed by principals of Intrepid while at prior firms.