Mike is managing partner of the MBO Group NZ Limited and manages our New Zealand practice.
Mike is a Private Equity investor and Corporate Advisor with some 30 years of experience working with small and mid-market companies in a variety of industries across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Mike has a proven record of highly successful investments and a well-developed track record of strategic business management and performance growth, coupled with a background in corporate advisory – Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Raisings, Corporate Valuations, etc.
Management Buy-Out Experience
Mike was a founder member of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group’s (ANZ’s) private equity business in New Zealand. Mike established and then led its sister Development Capital business for Australia and New Zealand, then led ANZ’s Private Equity business in New Zealand and chaired its global private equity management committee.
During his time at ANZ, Mike was instrumental in the origination, execution, management and divestment of some 20 private equity investments. Approximately one-half of these transactions were management buy-outs (MBO’s); including Ford Alloy Wheel Plant, Argenta, Alto Plastics, Motion Industries and JMI – generating superior returns.
These MBO transactions involved Mike advising management teams on the transaction.
Mike was ANZ’s board representative on many of the investee companies.
Prior to his roles at ANZ, Mike worked for Deloitte in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom in its Corporate Finance team, principally involved in advising on mergers & acquisitions and capital raisings, and on MBO’s in the United Kingdom and Europe where such transactions have been much more prevalent.
Mike is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors (IOD).
Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 whilst at Deloitte.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), majoring in Commerce and Economics, from the University of Waikato.
Mike has pursued professional development and has completed the following courses;
- Certificate of Professional Management, University of Auckland School of Commerce and Economics Graduate School of Business,
- Corporate Treasury Course, The Association of Corporate Treasurers, United Kingdom,
- Strategic Leadership Programme, Institute of Strategic Leadership, Australia, and
- AVCAL Entrepreneurs Course 2003, Australian Venture Capital Association Limited.
In Their Words
The MBO Group's extensive experience in getting mergers and acquisitions done was demonstrated consistently in presentations that were easy to understand for vendors and accelerated potential deals. Their calm and articulate communication skills enabled solutions for vendor and purchaser alike. [read full testimonial]
D. Bruce Cook
Chief Executive Officer, Dunlis Mechanical Services Ltd. & Dunford-Liscio (Ontario) Inc. (www.dunlis.ca) and Energy Jet Inc. (www.energyjet.com)