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Simon_Enoch

Simon Enoch

Principal of Legal, Mergers & Acquisitions

Portfolio Non Executive Chairman

Simon Enoch joins the team as Principal of Legal, Mergers and Acquisitions and is also available on a monthly retainer or day rate basis as Non-Executive Chairman.

Simon is an  experienced internationally focused commercial and strategic executive with extensive experience across different industry sectors including retail, software and property.

He is a solicitor and company secretary with over 25 years’ experience of Corporate issues including joint ventures, M&A and high profile corporate public relations in many European jurisdictions, the US, Japan and Australia for a number of International Companies including Kingfisher. He qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and most recently played a key role in the 2016 sale of Darty to the French listed Fnac, working with multiple UK and French stakeholders with diverse interests to overcome numerous commercial and regulatory hurdles.

Has worked on negotiations in the UK, Europe, Australia, Japan and the US. Particular expertise in cross-border M&A, corporate finance, activist shareholders and dealing with complex corporate issues, including remuneration issues and has previously been a non-executive director of a UK public company, a UK defined benefit pension scheme and a military charity.

Notable Achievements

Corporate Finance

  • Negotiated and documented Eur 250m High Yield Bond in record time.
  • Dealt with a number of credit facilities including revolving credit facilities, Term loans and asset backed loans and multi currency facilities.
  • Negotiated NASDAQ Listing.

International M&A

  • Lead corporate transactions buying and selling companies in the US, Canada, Japan Australia, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Czech Republic and France.
  • Handled all aspects of numerous UK Class 1 transactions, including circulars to shareholders

Communication and bridge building

  • Ability to work in multicultural environments, with a strong European bias for the past 13 years.
  • Building a consensus across both the political and cultural divides, especially where the UK Corporate regime was unfamiliar to board members and senior management.
  • Good at diffusing potentially difficult situations, which could have seriously damaged the reputation of the Company.
  • Bringing together differing stakeholders both corporate and professional to ensure the end objective is achieved.

Handling difficult corporate situations

  • Diffused public row with an activist shareholder.
  • Summary removal of CEO.
  • Replacement of CFO at the request of the auditors.
  • Getting Shareholders to withdraw a request for an EGM to remove board members.