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Mike is a Director in Seabury’s London-based Aerospace & Defence (A&D) Investment Banking team. Since 2005, Mike has led or participated numerous buy-side, sell-side and fund raising engagements in the aviation, aerospace, security and defence sectors. He has significant experience in aviation and its related services, having participated in multiple airline opportunities (with a focus on European carriers), as well as in the aerospace supply chain, having worked in aerostructures, MRO services, parts distribution, aircraft interiors, ground handling, IFE, flight training and electronics. Transaction values have ranged from €1.6 billion for the 2008 acquisition of Dutch conglomerate Stork, to a negative consideration and have included management buy-outs, acquisition searches, owner exits and strategic reviews. His geographic focus has been primarily in Europe and clients have included a wide range of governmental, blue chip corporate, and private equity institutions through to privately-owned SMEs and family offices. Mike most recently helped deliver the sale of New Zealand-based world leader in IFE connectors, Phitek, to one of the global leaders in connectivity, the NYSE-listed Amphenol, and, in aviation, he supported the $165m recapitalisation of the UK’s leading independent travel group, Monarch.
Mike originally practised as a Scottish solicitor for a short period before joining the British Army’s Parachute Regiment. After a 19-year career which included operational tours in Northern Ireland and 7 years spent in defence procurement, supporting UK Special Forces, the development of UK ground combat capabilities and, latterly, the UK MoD’s central procurement policy unit, he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, having been awarded the OBE in 2003 for services to UK defence procurement. Mike graduated from Aberdeen University with a first degree in law, gained an MA from King’s College London and an AMBA-accredited MDA from Cranfield University. Mike is an FCA-approved person, holding Controlled Functions 10 (Compliance Oversight), 11 (Money Laundering Reporting) and 30 (Customer Function)