Carolyn joined Oghma Partners in April 2010 as Associate Director. Whilst at Oghma Partners she has worked on the following transactions: the acquisition of Ulrick & Short by Novax AB (2021), the sale of Simply Cook to Nestlé (2021), the acquisition of Bowman Ingredients by Solina (2020), the sale of Givaudan’s Swiss/Polish pectin business (2020), the acquisition of BD Foods by AAK (2019), the acquisition of Essential Cuisine by Solina (2018), Maabarot’s investment in Algaia and acquisition of Cargill Alginate business (2017), the acquisition of New Ivory Limited by Solina Group (2016), the sale Taste Trends to Lakeland Dairies (2014), the sale of Cargill’s Texturizing business to Mane (2014), the sale of Mary Berry & Daughter Ltd to RH Amar (2014), the sale of McCambridge Cake Ltd to NBGI Private Equity (2012), the sale of the cultures and enzymes division of Cargill to DSM (2012) and the sale of SpringThyme Oils to Kerry Group (2010). Prior to this, she worked for Virgin Holidays as Head of Strategy and Development and Glitnir (now Islandsbanki) as Associate Director in their Corporate Finance team.
Carolyn’s role as Head of Strategy and Development at Virgin Holidays was primarily to complete the acquisition of Bales Worldwide Ltd on behalf of Virgin Holidays.
Carolyn joined Glitnir as an Associate in the Corporate Finance team in June 2005 and was promoted to Associate Director in April 2006. In this role, she focused on UK mid market transactions, particularly in the food and retail industries. Her completed transactions at Glitnir included: the PTP of House of Fraser by a consortium of investors including Baugur Group (£453m, 2006), the acquisition of Corby Chilled Distribution by Innovate (£28m, 2006), the acquisition by the Icelandic group, Eimskip, of 55% of Innovate (2006); and the purchase of Continental Wood Products, a UK company, by Norvik hf, Iceland’s largest home improvement retailer and supplier to the professional sector of the building industry (2005).
Previously, she was part of the Corporate Finance Team at Rabobank International in London where she covered the UK consumer sector with a focus on Food, Beverages and Agribusiness (2001-2005). Her completed transactions at Rabobank included: the sale of Braes Group Ltd, a UK and Swiss-based Food ingredients company, from 3i Group plc to Natraceutical SA, the listed biotechnology company and subsidiary of Natra SA, the listed Spanish Cocoa, wine and base fine-chemicals group; the purchase by Danish Crown of Flagship Foods; and the sale of BFI, the international animal feed division of Braes Group Ltd to an international supplier of animal feed ingredients based in Europe.
Prior to joining Rabobank, Carolyn worked as an Analyst at Arthur D Little management consultancy firm.
Carolyn, a British/French national, graduated from Queens’ College, Cambridge University (UK) in June 2000 with a BA and Masters of Engineering (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering.