Hawkpoint appoints Michael Barnes to Debt Advisory team

01 September 2004

Hawkpoint announced today that Michael Barnes has been appointed as Director. He will work closely with the firm's other senior corporate financiers to expand Hawkpoint's debt advisory practice into the leveraged finance arena.

Michael, aged 36, joins from CIBC World Markets in London where he was a Managing Director in the European Leveraged Finance business with coverage responsibility for European private equity houses. His role included originating, structuring and execution of leveraged finance transactions. Prior to this Michael was a member of the Leveraged Finance Group at DLJ International, the Structured Finance team at Fuji Bank and at Royal Bank of Canada.

Recently completed transactions include:

  • GBP515m senior debt facilities for Guardian Media Group's acquisition of Trader Media Group from BC Partners
  • Euro722m senior and mezzanine debt facilities for CVC's acquisition of Viterra Energy Services
  • GBP145m senior debt facilities for Boston Ventures/Legal & General Ventures' acquisition of Warner Village Cinemas
  • Euro1.2bn senior and mezzanine debt facilities for PAI's acquisition of Elis
  • GBP180m senior and mezzanine debt facilities for Montagu Private Equity's acquisition of Dignity Caring Funeral Services

Paul Baines, Hawkpoint's Managing Partner, commented:

'Michael's considerable leveraged finance experience and range of relationships within the private equity community will enable us to accelerate the development of our debt advisory practice. This represents another step in the establishment of Hawkpoint as a leading European corporate finance advisory firm.'

Michael Barnes said:

'I am delighted to be joining Hawkpoint whose position as a pure advisory firm with its reputation for quality, objective advice and its significant private equity client base provides a strong platform to further develop the firm's debt advisory practice.'

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