Mike joined Wyvern in 2010 to establish the firm's Debt Advisory business. A product-agnostic, sector-generalist, Wyvern is widely recognised as an expert in the mid-market, sourcing debt for private equity owned and private businesses in amounts typically between £10-300 million.

Good debt advice is not about the most debt for the lowest price, but focuses on the right debt product in the right amount, structured to meet the specific needs of the deal.

Prior to joining Wyvern, Mike was head of Debt Advisory at Hawkpoint for six years, and prior to that spent 15 years in the banking industry, most recently as Managing Director, Leveraged Finance at CIBC. Mike is a graduate in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Mike is married to Kirsty, a lawyer, they met on a deal (whilst acting for opposite sides). They have no children, and enjoy spending the fruits of their labours on exotic scuba diving and safari holidays‎. Mike is a season ticket holder at Manchester United and is notorious for not taking life too seriously. He takes 'business casual' attire to extremes that other advisors envy.

Mike coined the phrase 'advising from the middle' to reflect the view that good debt advice, while serving the interests of the client, focuses on finding the middle ground where the interests of management, shareholders and lenders are aligned.

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Peter was one of the founding partners of Wyvern in 2002. He has advised across a full range of transaction types and sizes throughout his career. In recent years he has focussed on Wyvern’s growing management-advisory practice, where Wyvern is a recognised market leader.

Given the nature of his advisory role and with over 30 years of corporate finance experience he has inevitably worked across most sectors.

Peter was at HSBC Investment Bank and Charterhouse Bank before Wyvern. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross And graduated from Manchester University with a BSc in Management Sciences.

Peter is married to Claire with four children and a dog. Now that the children are getting older and the taxi demands have lessened, he dreams of stunning the golf community with his latent talent and of eternal youth through his fitness regime!

“What we do requires deep knowledge, experience and technical skills. But at its heart it’s all about people and that’s what we love…”

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Josh joined Wyvern’s Debt Advisory team in July 2018. His experience spans small private to FTSE-100 companies, with a particular focus on private-equity backed businesses.

Josh provides independent debt advice to borrowers on how to finance their business across the full range of debt products and markets.

Prior to joining Wyvern, Josh spent six years at KPMG with two years in investment-banking audit and four years in firm’s Capital & Debt Advisory team. He also spent a year at National Grid, working on the divestment of its gas-distribution business, one of the biggest infrastructure M&A deals in recent history.

Josh is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the University of Reading.

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James joined Wyvern in 2019 as an associate. He works principally in our management advisory team.

He completed his ICAEW qualification in 2018 and has a first-class honours degree from Henley Business School. James is currently studying towards the CFA designation – having previously passed level two.

Prior to joining Wyvern, James worked in PwC’s insurance assurance department in London. Outside of work and study, James is a fair-weather golfer, avid traveller, music fanatic and most recently a novice cyclist.

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Anthony was a founding member of Wyvern Partners, having previously held senior positions at Lehman Brothers and Flemings.

Anthony’s sector focus is on technology-enabled businesses – with a particular emphasis on data, insight services and financial technology. He also has extensive transaction experience of the industrial and distribution sectors with clients in the paper and packaging, speciality materials, engineering and building products sectors, as well as advising on transactions in a wide variety of other industries. He has advised on most types of public and private transactions including managing complicated formal sale processes in the public markets and leveraged transactions.

At Lehman Brothers Anthony was responsible for coverage of the European Industrial Sector whilst at Flemings his role encompassed global coverage with substantial exposure to Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Prior to joining Flemings, Anthony worked at Charterhouse and NatWest.

Anthony is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. He is non-executive Chairman of the International Property Securities Exchange (“IPSX”), a non-executive director of Maru Group and sits on the advisory board of The Global Partnership of Family Offices in London.

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Andrew has been with Wyvern since November 2016, providing a variety of transaction-related services and marketing initiatives, together with research and analysis to support transaction execution.

He has worked with both our Trust and Fund Administration and Management Advisory teams on a broad range of deals across a spectrum of sectors.

Andrew graduated with a BA Hons in Geography from the University of Birmingham, where he also played cricket for the university 1st team.

Outside of the office, Andrew can be found in the gym or on the golf course. Andrew is also an avid NFL fan, supporting the New England Patriots.

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Chris joined Wyvern’s Debt Advisory team in January 2016. His experience covers a range of both private and public companies in the UK and Europe across a broad array of sectors. He works with both financial sponsors and corporate clients helping them access both new sources of debt capital and manage existing debt facilities. Prior to joining Wyvern, Chris spent six years at EY where he was an Associate Director in the firm’s Capital & Debt Advisory Team. Whilst at EY he was based in both the UK and the United States. Chris is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the University of Durham.

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Martin joined Wyvern in 2006 and leads our Private Equity expertise and our Management Advisory business. His experience covers the full range of deal sizes and every role in buyouts and their exits, and Martin has been in the vanguard of developing the Management Advisory role on transactions since the late 90's.

Prior to joining Wyvern, Martin was head of Private Equity at Deloitte and UK head of Corporate Finance at Andersen. A chartered accountant and a graduate in Aeronautical Engineering from Manchester University, Martin is also trustee of WellChild, the national charity for sick children.

Martin is married to Sue, and has four grown up children, all competing for space in the house with the four dogs. A keen cyclist (and thus a fully-fledged MAMIL), Martin can often be seen in the Surrey or Cornish hills along with all the other "weekend warriors" trying desperately to improve his Strava PBs.

"Clients only want exactly what they want" is our driving maxim.  Our services are provided tailor-made, not off-the-peg.

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Francis joined Wyvern Partners in 2009.

His investment-banking experience includes management advisory, off-market fundraisings and M&A work, together with flotations, restructurings and other on-market transactions. His deals cover the full range from under £50m to circa £5bn.  In recent years he has focussed on Wyvern’s growing management-advisory practice, where Wyvern is a recognised market leader.

Francis joined Wyvern from ING and previously worked at Arbuthnot Securities where he gained extensive experience of working with quoted companies. He is an expert financial modeller with extensive experience of using Visual Basic to add custom functionality to Excel. Francis holds an MA in Financial Economics from the University of St Andrews.

Francis is married to Clare and has one daughter. He is a keen sailor and organist and also sits on the boards of various trusts and real estate companies and is treasurer and chairman of the finance committee of Field Lane, a charity founded in 1841 which provides independent living support to those with learning disabilities.

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Andrew joined Wyvern in 2014 and focuses on the Consumer and Luxury Goods sectors. His experience covers a wide range of transaction types, including management buy outs and buy ins, trade and private equity sales, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets fund raisings (both debt and equity). He has focused on SME clients for most of his career and has particular experience in cross-border transactions, including all types of buyers and sellers from the UK, Continental Europe and the US. More recently Andrew has been building Wyvern’s Growth Capital Advisory business, working with clients across multiple sectors looking to raise institutional funding to support their growth plans.

Prior to joining Wyvern, Andrew was Head of European Investment Banking at Oppenheimer (and a member of the Bank’s board) and European Head of Consumer Products at CIBC World Markets. Before this, Andrew was part of the pan-European Food and Beverage team at Rabobank and the M&A team at PwC. Andrew cut his teeth in the heady world of private equity with 3i Group, where he first met Martin Kitcatt. Andrew is an Honours Graduate in Engineering from Durham University.

Andrew is married to Sarah with three children. He lives in Kent and enjoys the country life. A keen fisherman and shot, he keeps his hand in the engineering world by restoring old motorbikes and cars but is mostly found on the touchline supporting one of his children in their sporting endeavours and reliving his youth.

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Following a successful career as a senior partner at City law firm Osborne Clarke, where latterly he was head of the firm’s banking and finance department in the UK, Brian joined Wyvern in 2010.

Brian, who was listed in Legal 500 and Chambers as a leading lawyer, advised on a broad range of corporate finance matters with a particular emphasis on acquisition finance. His clients included the UK clearing banks, private equity firms and corporates especially in the media and telecom sectors.

Prior to his time as a lawyer, Brian worked as a transactional banker in the USA and the UK with Continental Bank and latterly Charterhouse Bank. At Wyvern, Brian specialises on the media and technology sector as well as coverage of our family office clients.

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Jonathan was one of the founding members of Wyvern. He has broad corporate finance experience but has focused increasingly on the Trust and Fund Administration sector in recent years where he has completed over 40 deals.

Jonathan graduated with a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University and began his career as an engineer with BOC. His transition to the City started with qualifying as a chartered accountant 1988 and moving the following year to the corporate finance department of Charterhouse. He subsequently worked at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and at CSFB as a director specialising in financial services transactions.

Originally from the valleys of South Wales Jonathan remains an avid Welsh rugby fan as well as a season ticket holder at Chelsea FC.

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Andrew joined Wyvern in 2015 and leads our restructuring advisory business. His experience covers both private and public companies in the UK and overseas, advising on distressed M&A, negotiations with lenders and other creditors and, where appropriate, new financing. He also advises the stakeholders of companies in difficulty. He advised the Government of Iceland on the restructuring of the country's banking system following the collapse of all its main banks.

Andrew was previously European Head of Restructuring at Jefferies. Before that he headed Hawkpoint's restructuring advisory business for 10 years, having previously been an investment banker at Deutsche. Andrew is a graduate of Oxford University.

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Mark has enjoyed a strong practice in the Financial Services sector for over 20 years, most notably in the Lloyd’s and regional commercial insurance broking markets. His experience, working with both public and private companies, extends to pensions and employee benefits consulting, administration and data services; investment funds servicing; off-shore trust administration; IFA, mortgage broking and claims management sectors. He joined the Wyvern team in 2019.

Mark was a Corporate Finance partner at PwC for 16 years before joining Opus Corporate Finance in 2011, where he closed transactions for Willis Group, Alexander Forbes, M&T Bank, Crawford & Co., CGSC, KWW and, most recently, in 2018: Precision Insurance (Ireland) on its sale to Integro Group; marine broker SSL on its merger with Endeavour Insurance Services; data business ITM, on its sale to an MBO team, funded by Inflexion Private Equity; and consulting firm, Knadel, on its sale to Catalyst Development, funded by Livingbridge.

Mark is married with two children and lives in Putney. He has always enjoyed being out on his bike and has participated in sportive events in the UK, Portugal, France and Italy, including Ride Across Britain, L’Etape du Tour and the Maratona. He has also run the London marathon a number of times. 

“Work should be enjoyable. If it’s not. something must be wrong, perhaps attitudes, communications or financial metrics. Whatever the cause, discuss it openly and move on in a positive frame of mind because it’s the people side of any deal that is critical for it to be a success.”  

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