Alan Walsh (FCA, AITI) was appointed to the Board on 16 September 2009. In November 2011, Alan was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, having served since 1 July 2011 as interim Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that he was the Chief Financial Officer of the One51 Group from July 2009. Alan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and subsequently worked with Matheson and AXIS Capital. He graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in International Commerce. Alan is a member of the Nomination Committee and is also a Non-Executive Director of Altas Investments plc and Pioneer Green Energy LLC.
Neil is Co-head of Investments with MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland. He has led a number of transactions at MML and represents the fund on the boards of Fastway Couriers, Prim-Ed Publishing and IdentiGEN. Prior to joining MML Ireland, Neil spent 5 years as an Investment Director with FL Partners where he worked on a range of investments including Sunseeker International, ATA Tools Group and UTV Media. Neil started his career with PwC in Dublin, later spending over six years working in investment banking at HSBC and Bank of America in London before relocating to Dublin with Goodbody Corporate Finance. Neil is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and graduated with a MAcc and BComm from University College Dublin.
Broadlake was set up by Pete Smyth in 2009 to partner with and support ambitious Irish entrepreneurs. Broadlake invests up to €20m in established and growing SMEs, working with them to accelerate growth and realise their global potential. It has partnered with seven businesses to date operating in a range of sectors. The Broadlake family of companies employs circa 2,000 people globally, and over 50% of their revenues come from outside of Ireland. Broadlake is headquartered in Rathmines where the team has created a unique environment and space where it works with its partner companies individually and collectively helping them to dream, learn, change, improve and grow.
Mari Hurley is CFO of Hostelworld Group plc which has a UK Main Market listing since 2015. She has been a director of the Group since 2007.
Mari qualified with Arthur Andersen in Dublin and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UCC and a Masters of Accounting from University College Dublin. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director.
Pat is Managing Director and majority owner of Murray, Ireland’s leading privately owned PR firm. He provides strategic communications advice to corporates at CEO and board level, and is a trusted partner on major transactions, on litigation matters and in managing unexpected issues and crises. He is experienced across debt and equity markets, including new listings in Dublin, London and (most recently) in New York; as well as MBOs, Rights Issues, refinancing and corporate restructuring. He works with private and publicly listed companies, high net worth individuals and professionals services firms, across a diverse range of sectors. A business studies graduate of University of Limerick, he worked for Kerry Group, Glanbia and SWS before joining Murray in 1997.
Aidan specialises in equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and corporate advisory work. He advises clients on IPOs, rights issues and open offers, placings, privatisations and recapitalisations. He also advises on private company acquisitions and disposals, particularly in the Agri-Food and Drinks; Finance; Energy and Natural Resources and Betting and Gaming sectors.
Felix is a senior member of the Mergers & Acquisitions team. Felix works with private equity funds, institutional investors and private companies to arrange Warranty and Indemnity (W&I), Tax and other transactional insurance policies when buying or selling corporate entities or assets. Felix has nine years’ experience specifically working in M&A insurance and joined JLT in 2012 to establish the M&A practice.
With a capital base of up to £2.5 billion, BGF is the most active provider of growth capital to small and mid-sized businesses in [Ireland and] the UK. The investment provided is typically in the form of equity in return for a minority equity stake. Based in Dublin, Leo joined BGF in September 2017 to head up its Irish investment business. Prior to joining BGF, Leo spent 17 years with IBI Corporate Finance where he was a director and board member.
Richard leads Deloitte’s Private Equity Coverage team and works closely with Jamie Lewin who heads the Private Equity Coverage team In North America. He has over 18 years of Corporate Finance experience having completed a wide range of Corporate Finance transactions in various sectors including disposals acquisitions and capital market transactions. Richard joined Deloitte in May 2011, having spent the past 11 years at Hawkpoint where he was involved in over 100 Private Equity transactions through his role as a key member of the Private Equity Coverage team. The majority of these transactions were in the mid-market, ranging from £20m-£500m and included the disposals of Integrated Dental Holdings (Merrill Lynch PE) to Carlyle, Pulse Staffing (HgCapital) to Blackstone, NSL (3i) to AAC Capital and the acquisition of Liberty plc by BlueGem Capital Partners
Anya is a partner in M&A Advisory within the Corporate Finance group. Anya originally joined Deloitte in 2004 and spent 7 years in the Corporate Finance team focusing on lead advisory. In 2011 Anya moved to London and spent five years with sell-side specialist boutique Cavendish Corporate Finance where she was a Partner focusing on the disposal of privately owned companies to trade and private equity purchasers, as well as minority sales and equity capital raisings. Anya advises on transactions across a range of sectors and leads the M&A Advisory team in Dublin, advising clients on acquisitions, disposals and equity capital raisings.
Philip is responsible for the product, sales and marketing strategy of Intralinks’ Strategic Financials business. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, City, University of London. Prior to joining Intralinks in 2010, he worked for 17 years as an M&A investment banker and in management consulting. He began his career at Deloitte in London in the financial services practice and then worked at NatWest Markets Corporate Finance, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and in corporate development for The Rank Group Plc, as well as founding an M&A consulting firm. Philip holds postgraduate degrees in Finance and Computer Science and a BA in Linguistics, from the University of London.
Amy-Jo Crowley reports on M&A activity across the TMT sectors for Mergermarket. Her responsibilities include breaking news on small to large-cap and listed deals, and reporting on corporate strategies. Previously she worked for Progressive Digital Media and The Mail on Sunday in London.