Our Team

Andrew Coates Director

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Andrew is the Managing Director of Strategic Corporate Finance.

He established Strategic Corporate Finance in June 2000 and since then the firm has worked on over 250 transactions.

Andrew is a recent winner of Insiders’ South Yorkshire “Dealmaker of the Year” award.

He has over 25 years experience of carrying out acquisitions, disposals and management buyouts / buyins. Andrew’s experience is across a wide variety of industries and deal sizes. He ensures that the firm always provides a “hands on” partner led service.

In respect of management buyouts, Andrew says “It is best to involve us at the earliest possible opportunity. That way we can negotiate a commercially sound deal and one that can be funded.”

“Our services include negotiating the deal, raising the finance and most importantly project managing the transaction from start to finish.”

Another service that Strategic Corporate Finance has a reputation for delivering excellent results is finding buyers for companies, negotiating outline terms and project managing the transaction through to legal completion.

Andrew says “We act for many vendors each year in finding purchasers for their companies, through extensive and highly targeted research, and then negotiating the sale and project managing the disposal through to a successful completion”.

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Greg Barker Director

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Greg qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant with Deloitte in Nottingham before joining Strategic Corporate Finance in 2006. During that time he has advised on numerous management buyouts and built-up a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Greg’s advice to those contemplating an MBO is to take advantage of the free advice that is out there “we are more than happy to discuss scenarios on a confidential basis, over the phone or face to face. We can quickly guide managers and directors on whether an MBO is feasible, what their company is worth and what funding is available. Where an MBO is an option, we can sit down with the owners of the business and the management team and openly discuss what can and can’t be achieved.”

Greg says the current economic conditions are no barrier to obtaining funding “banks still need to lend money but must be selective where they lend. MBO’s are often a favoured by lenders as the risk presented by a change in management team is avoided.”

As well as management buyouts, Greg is experienced dealing with corporate disposals, acquisitions, valuations and fundraising, allowing him to take a rounded view when giving advice.

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Marianne Martin Associate Director

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After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sheffield, Marianne was the Financial Accountant at the UK subsidiary of a large US business for two years before moving into corporate finance in 2000.

Marianne re-joined Strategic Corporate Finance in November 2010 after having previously worked at the firm for over seven years until early 2008.

She has built up considerable corporate finance experience across a number of industry sectors, working on numerous successful Acquisitions, Management Buy Outs, Buy Ins and Company Disposals.

Marianne also has a substantial amount of experience in Financial Due Diligence reporting and has carried out several assignments on behalf of financial institutions, corporate clients and buyout teams.

Commenting on the specialist nature of the services provided by Strategic Corporate Finance, Marianne said “Being an independent corporate finance boutique means that we are able to work comfortably alongside accountants who have clients wishing to sell or acquire a business without any conflicts of interest arising.”

She added “This collaborative approach is highly beneficial to clients as it allows them to maintain the knowledge and ongoing involvement of their accountant, supplemented by our specialist corporate finance expertise.”

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Catherine Gordon Associate Director

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Catherine qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) in Birmingham and after a stint as a financial analyst at HSBC, worked in a very active M&A team of a listed telecoms business. Here Catherine worked on numerous transactions involving mainly the acquisition of technology businesses, but some company disposals as well. Catherine also project managed the post-acquisition integration of a wireless network planning business with 200 employees located in UK, USA and Australia.

After a short spell as a small business advisor, where she was regularly called upon to advise on exit plans and business valuations, Catherine spent 5 years working in the corporate finance team at Deloitte in Nottingham where she led the team’s business development activities. She also regularly supported the deal team by carrying out research into potential buyers for privately owned businesses across a number of different sectors including: retail, security, electronic manufacturing, health and residential care.

Prior to joining Strategic, Catherine worked as the business development manager for a small firm of accountants, but couldn’t resist the lure back into the world of corporate finance.

Catherine leads our business development activity.

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IS AN MBO FEASIBLE FOR YOU?

Every business is different and you may not be sure whether an MBO will be feasible.

A confidential discussion of your specific circumstances with an experienced member of our team might help to clarify things for you.

One of our team would be very happy to call you to give you an indicative view on the feasibility of an MBO and suggest the next steps. The discussion would be free of charge, strictly confidential and without any further obligation to use our services.

If you would like us to call, please complete the form below:

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Our team has a successful track record of completing buyouts.

* “It is best to involve us at the earliest possible opportunity. That way we can negotiate a commercially sound deal and one that can be funded.”
* “Our services include negotiating the deal, raising the finance and most importantly project managing the transaction from start to finish.”
* “Being an independent corporate finance boutique means that we are able to work comfortably alongside accountants without any conflicts of interest arising.”