Mike Barnes


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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email: mjbarnes@wyvernpartners.com
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