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 approximately $20 billion of timberland assets totaling over 17 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.