Property entrepreneur Stephen Goldstein has joined accountants and business advisers Friend LLP as chairman of its corporate finance division.
The firm, which has offices in Brindleyplace, Birmingham and London, said the appointment will add another layer of expertise.
Mr Goldstein founded surveying practices Alexander Stevens and Stephens McBride and is a former chairman of the Jewellery Quarter Urban Renewal.
He has also had joint ventures in the leisure sector with the former Ansells brewery and is currently chairman of a French leisure group in the hotel and golf course sector.
Corporate finance partner Denise Friend said: “Stephen’s skills, experience and approach are a superb fit with our strategy of strengthening the Friend LLP advisory team and sustaining ongoing growth in both domestic and international markets.
“He brings immeasurable experience of property finance work combined with a “hands-on” approach that sits very nicely with the partner-led style at Friend LLP.
“We are confident that Stephen will add substantial value to our clients and their businesses.”
Mr Goldstein added: “I’ve known Friend LLP for a long time and I like their across-the-board expertise and intelligent, partner-led approach.
“We share a similar commitment to providing top-level advice, delivered personally, with a good dose of commonsense.
“Very few corporate finance teams can offer the combination of tax advice, financial due diligence and strategic property finance solutions that we can now deliver through Friend LLP.”