Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, GA (February 18, 2010)FOCUS LLC, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, announces that James Libby has joined FOCUS as a Senior Advisor in its Atlanta, GA office. For the past 20 years, Mr. Libby was a partner with the Atlanta based CPA firm Williams, Benator & Libby, LLP, where he was responsible for all merger, acquisition and corporate finance services provided to its clients. While at Williams, Benator & Libby, he also managed the firm’s relationship with Russell Bedford International (RBI), a global network of approximately 50 accounting firms.

According to Jonathan Wilfong, Managing Partner, Southeast, of FOCUS, “Jim’s experience with numerous transactions over the years and his extensive dealings with investment bankers, law firms and CPA firms make him uniquely qualified to serve FOCUS’ client base.”

Mr. Libby began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. where he advanced to the position of manager and was one of the founders of Libby Thomas & Braxton, LLP, which subsequently merged with Arthur Young & Co. While at Libby Thomas & Braxton, LLP, Mr. Libby was a Special Assistant to President Jimmy Carter where he was responsible for the White House Office Zero Based Budget, the Inauguration Budget, the Transition Budget and the Campaign Budget. In addition to time spent in public service, Mr. Libby also served as CEO of Peach State Distributing Co., a distributor of coin-operated video games, pinball machines and vending equipment, as well as parts and accessories.

Mr. Libby attended the University of Georgia on a football scholarship and graduated with a degree in accounting.


FOCUS LLC provides a range of middle market investment banking services with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance. FOCUS is a national firm serving clients from offices in major cities across the United States. FOCUS specializes in business units with transactions or revenues in the $5-300 million range, serving entrepreneurs, corporate owners and various types of investors across a broad range of industries, throughout the U.S. and worldwide. FOCUS bankers are seasoned operating and financial executives with extensive transaction experience. Securities transactions conducted by FOCUS Securities LLC, an affiliated company, registered Broker Dealer member FINRA/SIPC. For more information on FOCUS, visit www.focusbankers.com.

Kahla Cooper is the Director of Marketing at FOCUS. In this role, Ms. Cooper designs and implements the overall marketing strategy. Ms. Cooper works with each industry team leader to define programs in order to promote and brand FOCUS’ suite of capabilities.