Ian Wright: Ian’s background is in finance and corporate finance – particularly in situations of financial distress. Prior to becoming a founder director of ACS Partners in London, Ian was Group Finance Director of an international engineering group headquartered in the U.S. His career has spanned a number business development and finance roles, principally in brand marketing, telecoms and engineering . Ian has extensive experience in identifying, negotiating and completing acquisitions and divestment assignments in Europe, the US and the Far East. Ian currently advises a number of private and family-owned groups on financial and business development issues and has considerable experience of inter-generational change problems in family managed businesses.
Ian is a member of the Turnaround Management Association.
Bryn Mickleburgh: Bryn is a chartered accountant with excellent financial management skills and a long and successful track record of building profitability and guiding change management. Bryn’s principle areas of expertise lie in the construction, real estate and property management, and engineering sectors. Bryn has considerable experience of project financing, acquisitions and post-acquisition integration. Bryn has also provided long term strategic and operation advice and management to a multinational group of engineering and construction businesses.
Allan Jardine: Allan has over 25 years experience in corporate finance, M&A and wealth management. Previously Allan was Managing Director of Infinity Partners, a Tokyo based specialist financial advisory firm working extensively with corporate clients in the Asia Pacific region. Allan is Managing Partner of Grenrock, a specialist consultancy providing advisory services to corporates, governments, private equity, sovereign wealth funds, banks active in emerging markets.
Allan holds a BA in Asian Business, an MBA from Warwick Business School (UK), has studied at Sophia (Tokyo), China Europe International Business School (Shanghai), and is an ETP graduate of the European Commission.
John Kent: John has worked in corporate development and strategy across a wide variety of industries and in companies which have ranged in size from small start ups to large multinationals. His career spans Government, the City and Industry and he has acted as principal in UK and international acquisitions amounting to over $10bn. In recent years he has concentrated on smaller businesses and private equity in an executive and non-executive capacity. His key strengths are energy, analysis and creativity, and teamworking.
Peter Outtridge: Peter is former Production Director of I-CanNano Europe and was Head of Operationss for The Royal London Group within the Sales and Marketing Division. Peter was responsible for all aspects of Operations management, including IT networks, Health & Safety and Staff management. With experience in Operational management of a national network he managed the logistics of data processes and has project managed the implementation of new products.
Tim Gifford: Tim has an extensive managerial background principally in sales and marketing with senior level UK and international experience. Tim has particular expertise and a proven track record in developing new businesses with a focus on developments in the Far East, particularly China and Singapore. Tim has considerable experience in developing plans and sourcing finance for early stage ventures and new products. Other experience includes 18months as CEO of Alexandra PLC where Tim managed the turnaraound and restructuring of this FTSE listed company, and 10 years as Business Development Director of W L Gore and Associates Inc with particular responsibility for developing the business in the Asia Pacific region.
Katerina Valisova: Katerina manages the ACS Prague office. Katerina has a masters in economics from Charles University in Prague and before working with ACS gained considerable experience with Deloittes, GE Capital and dealing with SMEs and high net worth individuals with a major local bank.
Manfred Moschner: Manfred founded ACS Moschner & Co. in 1989 and since then personally executed over 250 transactions. Manfred has particular expertise in Financial institutions, Biotechnology and equity raising. Since 1986, he writes the official report on the Austrian M&A market in “Österreichisches Bank–Archiv”, the official gazette of the Austrian Bankers Association.
Gert Kruger: Gert Kruger is the founder and managing partner of GKA Capital, one of the leading independent mid-market M&A and financial advisory firms in South Africa. Previous roles in Gert’s professional career include chief technology officer of Investec Bank and chief operating officer of Liberty Life. Gert also founded and manages GKABayette, Africa’s leading executive leadership and coaching consultancy.
Pavel Walentynowicz: Pavel is a graduate of Tilburg Univerisity and has developed considerable expertise in cross-border cultural issues and sourcing and integrating international acquisitions. Paval is a partner in AMA International and supports ACS’ activities in Central Europe and the Benelux area.
Gordon Appel: Gordon has over twenty-five years experience in M&A. He specialises in buy-side assignments, particularly for UK companies looking to expand in the North American markets. Although a frequent visitor to the UK, Gordon is based in New York where he runs his own specialist M&A boutique, AMA International