Mark has worked in the financial services industry, specialising in the Food & Beverage Sector for over 30 years. Mark founded Oghma Partners in January 2008 and has successfully built the business over the subsequent period. Mark has worked with many corporates since establishing Oghma Partners successfully giving strategic advice to an array of clients and completing a number of transactions including: the acquisition of Ulrick & Short by Novax AB, the sale of Simply Cook to Nestle, the sale of Givaudan’s Swiss/Polish pectin business, the sale of Givaudan’s Dutch cheese operations, the purchase of Gilsons Bakery form Arytza by Country Style Foods, the purchase of Almondy AB of Sweden by Givesco AS of Denmark , the sale of Taste Trends to Lakeland Dairies, the acquisition of FoodTec by Ornua, the sale of Mary Berry & Daughter Ltd to RH Amar, the sale of McCambridge Cake Ltd to NBGI Private Equity, acting as advisor on the sale of the Minsterley chilled deserts operations of Greencore, the sale of chilled meat free business Dragonfly Foods, acting in a co-advisory role to Greencore on their acquisition of Uniq plc, the purchase of Windyridge Cheese Ltd, the sale of SpringThyme Oils to Kerry Group and raising finance for Revolymer plc. Prior to Oghma Partners Mark has also had a broad range of IPO and transaction experience having worked on the IPO of several businesses including Coca-Cola Beverages, Cantrell & Cochrane and McBride Plc. He has also been involved in a number of Rights Issues and equity placings for clients such as Hillsdown Holdings and Numico amongst others.
Before establishing Oghma Partners in 2008, Mark was a Managing Director at the Investment Bank Goldman Sachs where he was Head of Consumer Coverage incorporating the Food, Beverage, Tobacco, Household, Retail, Media and Luxury Goods sectors.
Mark was a highly ranked equity analyst covering the food, household and tobacco sectors. Previous to Goldman Sachs Mark spent ten years at UBS (as UBS and originally SG Warburg) where he was part of and then led the No.1 Extel rated Food and Tobacco Team. Mark was also the No. 1 Extel rated Household Products Analyst and twice voted amongst the top ten analysts in the City of London across all sectors of the UK stock market. Mark has broad experience with corporate clients having been broker to Unilever, Cadbury, BAT, Hillsdown Holdings, United Biscuits, McBride, J.L. Israel and Albert Fisher amongst others. Previous firms include BZW (now CSFB), Credit Lyonnais and Wedd Durlacher where Mark began his career in the financial services industry.
Mark has a BSc Econ from Brunel University and PgCertArch from Oxford University. Mark lives in Richmond, Surrey. Married with four children, his hobbies include mountain biking, sailing, surfing, skiing and vintage cars.