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OUR TEAM

Each transaction is led and run, day to day, by one of our senior Partners.

We understand the importance of dealing directly with an experienced Partner throughout your transaction.

Experience counts as it allows us to deal with issues before they hinder progress and we also bring fresh thinking and market insight to ensure that you are kept in the driving seat.

It’s an approach that works for our clients, whatever the challenge.

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Simon Hill

Partner

Simon trained and qualified at Grant Thornton and then moved to KPMG Corporate Finance in 2000, working in the private equity teams in both Milton Keynes and London. Simon then left KPMG to found Liberty Corporate Finance in 2006 with Steve Thomson.

+44 (0) 7813 601 051

simon.hill@libertycf.co.uk
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Mick McDonagh

Partner

Mick has been advising management teams in private equity transactions for over 20 years. Prior to joining Liberty in 2012, Mick was Partner and Head of Private Equity at KPMG Corporate Finance for 12 years. Mick started his career at Grant Thornton where he spent 10 years, joining the corporate finance business in 1993 and being promoted to partner in 1999.

+44 (0) 7715 705 000

michael.mcdonagh@libertycf.co.uk
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Kevin Palmer

Partner

With over 15 years’ experience of providing commercial and tax advice to management teams and investors in Private Equity transactions, Kevin joined Liberty in February 2019 from PwC where he led the corporate finance management advisory offering. Kevin has provided advice to management teams from around the world, in deals ranging from UK mid-market PE through to large cap global transactions.

+44 (0) 7841 468 261

kevin.palmer@libertycf.co.uk
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Tim Thomas

Partner

Tim has been working in the UK private equity market since 2000. He initially qualified as a chartered accountant at PWC and worked in corporate finance at KPMG. Prior to joining Liberty, he spent 12 years working for several mid-market private equity funds.

+44 (0) 7966 479556

tim.thomas@libertycf.co.uk
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Steve Thomson

Partner

Steve has been advising on Corporate Finance transactions for over 25 years. Prior to setting up Liberty with Simon in 2006 he held senior roles at KPMG Corporate Finance and Grant Thornton always specialising in Private Equity transactions.

+44 (0) 7715 705 152

steve.thomson@libertycf.co.uk
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Álvaro Rubio

Country Head, Spain

Álvaro has been advising on Corporate Finance transactions in Spain for over 16 years. Prior to joining Liberty in 2019 he was a Director at Natixis Partners (Madrid, Spain) and 360CORPORATE specialising in Private Equity transactions. Álvaro started his career at BBVA and Montalban Atlas (now DC Advisory). He graduated from ICADE in 2000 with a joint degree in Law and Business Administration and is a member of the Madrid Bar Association.

+34 620 376457

alvaro.rubio@libertycf.es
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Emma Hawkes

In Memoriam

Emma joined Liberty in early 2013 and was an integral part of our growing business. Her capacity to juggle competing demands meant she advised on over 30 transactions in less than five years with us. She enjoyed the challenge and variety of private equity transactions and dedicated herself to delivering the best outcomes for her clients. She made a valuable and lasting contribution to our business. Emma was a wonderful wife to Matt and mother to three beautiful children. She was fun loving, warm and engaging. Many of our best memories of her revolve around great parties and great food! Sadly, Emma was diagnosed with cancer in September 2017 and despite a brave fight, she passed away on 23 December 2017. Emma lived her life to the full, left an indelible mark on all those she met and will be sadly missed by us all.

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John Holland

Associate Director

John joined Liberty from EY where he worked in Transaction Support providing due diligence advice for a number of private equity clients. Prior to that John worked in technology at JPMorgan Asset Management. John is a Chartered Accountant and has a master’s degree in international banking and finance

+44 (0) 7747 481 819

john.holland@libertycf.co.uk
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Dan Martinez

Associate Director

Dan joined Liberty having spent 6 years working as a Venture Capital advisor offering Boards and Management teams strategic advisory and capital raising services. Dan qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PwC and has an MA in Corporate Strategy and Governance and a BSc in Operations Management from the University of Nottingham.

+44 (0) 7398 212 298

dan.martinez@libertycf.co.uk
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Jeff Soh

Associate Director

Jeff trained at KPMG as a management consultant in 2011 and then moved to the corporate finance team as a debt advisor in 2015. He is CIMA exam qualified and holds a MSc Management & Strategy from the LSE and a BSc Economics from UCL.

+44 (0) 7922 257 501

jeff.soh@libertycf.co.uk
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Clare Kazab

Manager

Clare joined Liberty from CVC Capital Partners where she spent 2 years in the Fund Administration team. Prior to that she worked in audit at Mazars. Clare is a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford

+44 (0) 7958 141068

clare.kazab@libertycf.co.uk
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Demi Coker

Analyst

Demi joined Liberty from an accounting practice, where she spent 2 years as an Accounts Assistant. She holds a BSc degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Warwick.

+44 (0) 203 813 9011

demi.coker@libertycf.co.uk
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Emma O'Shaughnessy

Executive Assistant

Emma joined Liberty in March 2013 as our Executive Assistant. Prior to working at Liberty Emma had mainly worked in client relationship roles at organisations such as Thomson Reuters and Clifford Chance.

+44 1234 756 010

emma.oshaughnessy@libertycf.co.uk

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