Spectrum announces new Managing Director hire

Spectrum announces new Managing Director hire

05 March 2019

Mark Farlow, Managing Director, London

Spectrum Corporate Finance is delighted to announce that Mark Farlow has recently joined the team as a Managing Director, based in the London office.

Previously a Partner at Catalyst Corporate Finance, Mark played a major part in the growth of the business prior to its sale to Alantra in 2017. Mark is an experienced and well-respected Corporate Finance professional with an extensive history of advising entrepreneurs through business sales, acquisitions and MBO’s, specialising in the mid-market.

Following his graduation from the University of Leeds, Mark started his career at Grant Thornton, where he was made Partner at the age of 29. In 2001 Mark joined KPMG Corporate Finance as a Partner in Milton Keynes, then moved to London in 2005 to build on his activity with the private equity community. In 2013, Mark joined Catalyst Corporate Finance, now Alantra, as a partner in London.

Mark has advised on many notable deals during his career including the acquisition of Travelopia from TUI by KKR, the sale of The Automated Technology Group (ATG) to Wood Group, the sale of Bluefin Solutions to Mindtree and the sale of Consol Partners to Empresaria.

Since opening in December 2016, Spectrum’s London office has grown significantly and in 2018 relocated to larger offices in Broadwick Street in Soho.

Marks appointment in London follows the addition of Director Ed Wirgman in June 2018, who heads Spectrum’s TMT division. This brings the Spectrum team to 23 industry professionals with plans to expand the team further to build on a growing deal flow and presence in the London Private Equity market.

Mark’s appointment is a key hire for Spectrum, being the first Managing Director appointment since the firm was founded in 2010 by the Founder MD’s, Simon Davies, Clive Hatchard and Ian Milne.

Commenting on his recent appointment Mark said, I’m delighted to be joining Spectrum. I’ve known the team for many years, and their reputation for providing first class advice to entrepreneurs and private equity attracted me from the beginning.”

Simon Davies, Managing Director, Spectrum Corporate Finance commented, “Mark is an important hire for Spectrum, introducing a high calibre individual and known work-winner to lead the London office and to complement our existing director team. Mark is a senior and respected corporate finance professional with an excellent reputation and profile within the industry. We have ambitious plans for our business and have invested our time into ensuring we have an exceptional team of professionals driving the business forward and supporting our clients. We believe Mark will fit perfectly into the team and hit the ground running.”

Clive Hatchard, Managing Director, Spectrum Corporate Finance added, “It’s great to welcome Mark to Spectrum. The business was started nearly 10 years ago and has been trading from it’s London office since 2016, leading to an increased deal flow with the mid-market Private Equity houses.Mark’s career has been London centric with a strong PE focus so he will strengthen and complement Spectrum’s existing presence in our core mid-market across all industry sectors.”

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