Mike is a founding partner of Fusion Corporate Finance. He started his career with John Mowlem plc where he was an engineer and site agent. Following a MBA at Manchester Business School he moved into the venture capital industry where he spent nearly ten years with 3i plc where he was an Investment Director.
Mike then moved from being an investor to an advisor when he became Head of Corporate Finance at Ernst & Young in Leicester, growing the team to become the largest corporate finance practice in the City.
Mike has completed over 100 deals as both an investor and an advisor and his experience means that he is uniquely placed to advise on management buy-outs and other venture capital transactions. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the East Midlands Regional Venture Capital Fund.
Stuart, a founding partner of Fusion Corporate Finance, has in excess of 10 years experience of corporate finance transactions.
Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, Stuart joined the Corporate Finance team where he worked on high profile transactions for a number of listed and private companies, including extensive due diligence assignments, enabling Stuart to develop his expertise in managing this phase of the transactions he now leads. Stuart then spent five years specializing solely in the lead advisory role of acquisitions, disposals, MBOs, MBIs and refinancing working alongside many banks, lawyers, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
Having completed transactions in all parts UK, as well as in Europe, Stuart’s experience of having been involved in all aspects of Corporate Finance gives him a unique perspective on lead advisory project management and deal structuring.
Alan Cook - Associate
Alan is an experienced executive with more than twenty years at board level in both plc and privately owned businesses involving significant international experience. He has dealt with suppliers and clients in Europe, USA and the Far East and, as well as general business skills, he is experienced with distribution, added value and assembly operations.
Alan is a Chartered Engineer and has wide experience of technology based businesses. He also has particular skills in profit maximization, sales and marketing.
John Finlan - Associate
John has many years experience of international business as a multilingual general manager and CEO of large and medium sized multi-national companies for groups such as Corning Glass, Saint Gobain, Lafarge, Litton Industries, Thorn EMI, Walter Runciman and GSA.
John lived and worked in France (7 years), Germany (5 years) and Belgium (4 years), is fluent in French and German and as CEO, has successfully acquired, turned-round, profitably grown and disposed of a number of international businesses in UK, France and Germany.
As well as working with Translink-Fusion John, has held and, continues to hold a number of Non-Executive Chairman and Director positions on the boards of Venture Capital investment companies for 3i plc, Aberdeen Private Equity, JP Morgan and Bridgepoint Capital.