Nick focuses on IT services, tech-enabled services and software along with private equity coverage. Having spent five years as a principal investing in SMEs at a French investment bank Nick developed an understanding of the interface between entrepreneurs and ‘corporate’ lenders and investors; this knowledge is often key to creating value in transactions and giving good advice. 

Nick moved into M&A advisory almost 20 years ago and has been a partner at boutique M&A firms, Clearwater, Cavendish and Equiteq, focusing on the Technology sector. At Equiteq Nick was based in London and headed the global M&A team in London, Paris, New York, Singapore and Sydney, giving him a real understanding doing cross border business.

Over the years Nick has nurtured relationships with private equity investors, a segment of the M&A market that has burgeoned since Nick was an investor in the early 2000s. Clients in our sectors are usually very attractive to PE and deep knowledge of this investor group adds value to transactions and our clients.

“It is not unusual to have a gap between a fantastic high-growth founder-led business and the investability of the business. Giving the right advice that comes from doing dozens of deals with PE and really knowing what drives the people and investment thesis on the other side of table closes the gap, which means deals can be done on terms that are best for the client. Partnering a client with the right buyer or investor on great terms is very satisfying as the advisor.”

Nick is a graduate in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School (now named Bayes Business School). Nick’s career started at PWC in London where he gained an ACA before moving into the firm’s corporate finance department advising clients undergoing transactions or restructurings.

Nick tries to stay fit in the gym and plays tennis with his teenage kids, loves rugby (watching!) and is keen to lose the tag of the ‘least youthful snowboarder on the hill’, but fears the switch to skis!