Alexandre Weill is a Managing Director and part of our Paris team since April 2021.
Prior to Spayne Lindsay, Alexandre worked three years at Messis Finance, seven years as a chef and restaurant entrepreneur, ten years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley (Paris and London) and one year at CS First Boston (Paris).
Across his 15 years of experience in M&A, Alexandre has advised on more than 20 deals for a total value exceeding $30b and worked across all products including M&A, LBO, IPO, secondary offering, bond issues, etc.
Alexandre is a graduate of HEC Paris (1998) and Ferrandi Paris (2011), French school of culinary arts and hospitality management.
Chris is a Partner in the business, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2011. He is a graduate of Oxford University holding a First Class Master’s degree in Chemistry and is also a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Since joining the Spayne Lindsay & Co team, Chris has led and worked on several buy-side and sell side M&A and advisory projects including the £550m sale of Quorn to Monde Nissin, the sale of Reflex Nutrition to Associated British Foods and the £180m sale of Karro Food Group to Capvest.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Chris worked as a member of the Corporate Tax advisory team at PricewaterhouseCoopers with a focus on US inbound and PE portfolio companies, many within the consumer sector. Latterly Chris worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Transaction Tax/Business Recovery Services Tax team where he worked on general M&A structuring and tax restructuring solutions of distressed and insolvent companies.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3234
Chris is a advisor in the business, having joined Spayne Lindsay in 2019. He is responsible for venture and growth capital fundraising for high-growth owner-managed businesses and leads Spayne Lindsay’s partnership with Young Foodies, the UK’s largest community of food and drink challenger brands.
During his time at Spayne Lindsay, Chris has worked on a variety of advisory projects across food and beverage, leisure and hospitality and other consumer products.Chris started his career in the Corporate Finance team at Grant Thornton, where he also completed a 12-month secondment at leading equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube.
Chris graduated from the University of Birmingham with a First Class BSc (Honours) degree in Business Management. He also holds the ACISI accreditation, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments.
Dara is an Associate Director in the business, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2022. He is a graduate of the University of Nottingham, where he studied Politics & American Studies, and is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with KPMG.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Dara worked in the Corporate Finance team for Vista Global, a leading Private Aviation business, and at Unilever within their Home Care finance team. Before joining Unilever, Dara worked for Rothschild providing a range of investment banking advice to clients in the Consumer, Retail and Leisure sectors and KPMG in their Private Equity Deal Advisory division.
Emilie is an Analyst, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2022. She graduated from EDHEC Business School’s Master in Management (major in Finance).
Emma is an Associate Director in the business, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co. in 2020. She is a graduate of KU Leuven University in Belgium (Master in Business Economics and Postgraduate Degree in Corporate Finance) and from ESCP Europe in France (MSc in Marketing & Communication).
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Emma worked in M&A Advisory at BNP Paribas in Paris and Brussels and Mizuho in London focusing on international transactions mostly across the consumer and industrial space. Most recently she worked as an M&A Manager at Groupe Casino, a leading French food retailer.
Emma is a native Dutch speaker and speaks fluent French and English.
Eric Lanthiez is a Partner of the business, having joined the Paris office in April 2021. He is a graduate of Toulouse Business School and holds a degree in accounting.
Eric began his career with the M&A team of BNP Paribas in New York for 2 years, then in Latin America where he spent 7 years based in Buenos Aires. Between 2001 and 2010, he worked with Rothschild & Co in Paris, covering Central Eastern Europe, North Africa, Ukraine and Turkey where he set up the Istanbul office in 2007. Before joining Spayne Lindsay, Eric headed Messis Finance, a Unigrains-owned M&A advisory boutique focused on Food & Agri, for 5 years.
Eric has specialized on the Food & Agri sector, advising clients on numerous cross-border transactions, buy-side as well as sell-side roles, including Mutandis’ acquisition of Season Brand (USA), divestment of Ulrick & Short (UK) to Novax, acquisition of ABI Ltd (Canada) by Mecatherm, divestment of McKnight Food Group (USA), acquisition of Euroclassic (USA) by Europastry, acquisition of Costa d’Oro (Italy) by Avril, acquisition of MyFresh (UK) by Agrial, acquisition of Unicorn (Netherlands) by Limagrain, acquisition of Aqualande (France) by Labeyrie, acquisition of Père Olive (Belgium) and King Cuisine (Netherlands) by Labeyrie.
"I have been impressed by their knowledge of the sectors they operate in and their excellent network of contacts across the industry.”
"We were delighted with the way Spayne Lindsay managed the process. The team were quick to understand the Company's unique business model and how to position it to appeal to a wide variety of potential purchasers."
"Utilising their extensive consumer industry network, Spayne Lindsay worked hard to find a trade buyer with strategic synergies and delivered a great result for all shareholders. We look forward to working with Spayne Lindsay again in the future.”
Guy Phillips is Chairman of the Americas. Guy has extensive M&A and capital markets experience with large capitalization and growth companies, entrepreneurial families, hedge funds and private equity funds.
Previously, Guy was Global Head of the Consumer Products & Retail Group at UBS Investment Bank and a member of the Investment Banking Division Executive Committee. While at UBS, he also served as Global Head of the Entrepreneurs Coverage Group which was responsible for all corporate finance activity with the firm’s entrepreneurs and families. In that role, he sat on the Executive Committee for the UBS Latin America Wealth Management Executive Committee. He also served as European Head of the Private Equity Coverage Group, where he had responsibility for providing investment banking services to leading private equity firms.
Prior to attending business school, Guy was also a Product Manager in the Chemicals business of Rhone-Poulenc S.A., a French manufacturer of specialty chemicals for a variety of industries, including the personal care and beauty industries.
Guy is the Founder of NuOrion Partners, a private investment firm, and is a Senior Advisor to 17Capital.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3259
Hannah is a Senior Associate, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2020. She graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA (Honours) degree in Economics and Geography and is also a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with KPMG.
Since joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Hannah has worked on a variety of M&A projects, including the investment in Pots & Co by General Mils’ 301 inc, the sale of Plenish to Britvic, the acquisition of Wholebake and Deeside by Elysian, the sale of Rhokett to Palacios and the €4.5bn acquisition of ekaterra by CVC.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay, Hannah worked at KPMG in their Transaction Services Financial Services team where she advised corporate and private equity clients on buy-side, sell-side, and capital markets transactions.
T: +44 (0)20 7808 3265
Hannah is the Management Support Executive having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2020.
Hannah trained as an accountant with Crowe in the Audit Team.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Hannah worked for BNP Paribas in the Regulatory Front Office Controls team. Before joining BNP Paribas Hannah worked for Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc as a Global Senior Management Accountant.
She has vast experience at implementing policies, internal controls, and procedures.
Harry is a Senior Analyst, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2019. He graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA (Hons) degree in Philosophy.
Since joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Harry has worked on a variety of M&A projects for clients in the UK and internationally including the sale of Sneak Energy to True.
Harry is an Analyst, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2022. Harry holds a Master in Finance from Imperial College Business School, graduating with a distinction. He also graduated from University College Dublin with a First Class BA (Honours) degree in Economics.
Hugh is a Director in the business, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2018. He is a graduate of the University of Manchester holding a First Class BSc (Honours) degree in Economics and is also a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with KPMG.
Since joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Hugh has worked on several M&A projects, including the €4.5bn acquisition of ekaterra by CVC, the acquisition of a minority shareholding in Little Moons by L Catterton, the sale of Gü to Exponent, the sale of Symprove to bd-capital and the merger of YO! and Snowfox.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Hugh worked for KPMG Corporate Finance where he advised clients on M&A and debt financing across a range of sectors, including consumer, business services, healthcare and TMT.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3233
Irena is a Partner in the Paris office and has significant experience in consumer M&A in Europe.
Irena has been involved in on a variety of M&A projects including the €4.5bn acquisition of ekaterra by CVC and the acquisition of Panzani by CVC.
Jadon is an Associate, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in early 2020. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class BA (Honours) degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Since joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Jadon has worked on a variety of M&A projects, including the sale of Addo Food Group to PAI Partners and the sale of Gü to Exponent.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Jadon worked for Houlihan Lokey as an analyst in their Consumer, Food and Retail team.
T: +44 (0)20 7808 3221
Jens is a Senior Advisor in the business, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2016 and leads the alcoholic beverage sector activities. He is a seasoned M&A and strategy advisor, with over 25 years of industry and investment banking experience. Jens set up boutique advisory firm Brodersen & Co. in 2003, where he has worked with a broad range of international clients, primarily in the drinks sector.
Previously, Jens worked at two leading drinks firms, Diageo and Seagram, where he held senior positions in M&A, general management, sales & marketing, and business development. He spent his early career at investment banking firms Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston in London, Frankfurt and New York.
Jens holds an MBA from Insead and an MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. He is a native German and speaks French and conversational Spanish.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3223
Jerome is a analyst, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2022. He graduated from King’s College London, with a First Class BSc (Honours) degree in Business Management.
Joe is an Analyst, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2020. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a First Class BA (Honours) degree in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3255
John is a founding partner of Spayne Lindsay & Co. John has specialized in investment banking for the Consumer sector for over 25 years. He was formerly a Director of Flemings and then a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers before founding Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2004.
Prior to his City career, John worked for the Crown Prince of Ethiopia, son of Emperor Haile Selassie; more recently he was Chairman, now a Patron, of Contemporary Applied Arts (www.caa.org.uk) and a Trustee of the Creative Foundation (www.creativefoundation.org.uk).
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3243
Jonathon is a Partner in the business, having joined in 2005. He is a graduate of St Andrews University, where he gained an M.A.(Hons) in International Relations and Management. He has over 22 years of investment banking experience across several geographies including the UK, Continental Europe, Asia, India and Africa having previously worked at Robert Fleming (based in London) and Jardine Fleming and CLSA (based in Hong Kong).
Jonathon has led many M&A transactions and advisory projects across the Consumer sector including the sale of Symprove, advising Tortilla on exit options, the sale of EAT to Pret a Manger, the sale of Planet Organic, H2 Equity Partners’ sale of Hancocks, Mayfair’s acquisition of YO! Sushi, the sale of Rollover to Kerry Group, Fred Perry’s acquisition of Lavenham, Dr Oetker’s acquisition of Fun Foods in India, the sale of FE International by Mitsui and Unilever’s sale of Ragu and Chicken Tonight. Jonathon has also led several advisory assignments for consumer companies in the UK and internationally including Carpetright plc, Dreams and Premier Foods.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3244
Justine is a Associate Director in the business, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2013. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (Master’s in Professional Accounting) and a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with Deloitte in London.
Since joining the Spayne Lindsay & Co team Justine has worked on a number of transactions including the B&B Investment Partners’ acquisition of Aromatherapy Associates and the sale of Oatly.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co Justine spent four years at Deloitte where she worked within the Banking & Capital Markets team gaining experience on audits and advisory projects in the financial services industry.
Justine is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3258
Marcus is an Associate Director in the business, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2019. He is a graduate of the University of Birmingham holding a BSc (Honours) degree in Economics and is also a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with EY.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Marcus spent four years working in the EY Restructuring team advising both corporates and lenders on financial and operational restructuring in distressed situations. Marcus has worked across a range of sectors including retail, logistics and food manufacturing.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7808 3266
Nick is a Senior Advisor in the business and joined us after twenty-five years in the investment banking industry as a consumer and retail sector banker. In 2012, he was appointed Global Head of Consumer and Retail Sector Investment Banking at UBS where he remained until leaving in 2017. Nick brings with him a global relationship network, experience of multiple sub-sectors and many years of cross-border M&A and IPO experience.
After graduating from Oxford University in 1992, Nick joined Robert Fleming Corporate Finance in London. In 1996, he was seconded to Jardine Fleming in Hong Kong. In 2000, he moved to Credit Suisse and in 2008 to UBS. He has spent eighteen years of his career in Hong Kong, with the remainder in London.
Nick has originated and executed numerous M&A and ECM transactions across the retail and consumer products spectrum including assignments for MNCs such as Danone, PepsiCo, Diageo, Mondelez, Cargill, Unilever, Wal-Mart, Auchan, Best Buy, Samsonite, and L’Occitane. Asian clients he has worked with include the likes of China Resources, Belle, COFCO, LGH&H, Trust-Mart, Ting-Hsin, San Miguel, and Mengniu Dairy. He has worked with many private equity firms on both buy-side and sell-side assignments including KKR, CVC, TA Associates, Affinity, Baring Private Equity Asia, PAG, and TPG.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3259
Nicolas is an associate, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2021. He graduated from ESSEC Business School’s Master in Finance and hold an engineering degree from HEI Lille.
Since joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Nicolas has worked on a variety of M&A projects, including the sale of Boulangerie Louise to Teract, the €4.5bn acquisition of ekaterra by CVC, the €550m acquisition of Panzani by CVC and the acquisition of Tangle Teezer by Mayfair Equity Partners.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Nicolas worked for Barclays Investment Bank and Credit Agricole CIB in Paris as an analyst across a range of sectors including consumer, FIG, industrial, healthcare and TMT.
Oliver is an analyst, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2022. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class MEng (Honours) degree in Engineering.
Patrizio is a Director in the business, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co. in 2016. He is a graduate of LUISS Guido Carli University in Italy (cum laude double Master’s degree in Economics and Finance) and holds an MBA from Oxford University.
Since joining the Spayne Lindsay & Co team Patrizio has worked on a number of transactions and strategic projects across the consumer sector.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Patrizio was an Associate in the M&A team in HSBC focused on the European technology sector. He spent his early career in the Ernst & Young M&A and Business Modelling team in Rome and London executing a wide range of national and international transactions.
Patrizio is a native Italian speaker and speaks fluent Spanish.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3246
Paul is a Partner in the business, having joined in 2005. He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he studied Mathematics and is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with Arthur Andersen.
Paul has led a large number M&A transactions and advisory projects across the Consumer sector including the £200m sale of Premier Foods’ sweet spreads division to Hain Daniels, the £113m sale of Uniq to Greencore and the £205m acquisition of Quorn by Exponent Private Equity.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Paul spent four years at Arthur Andersen, and later Deloitte, where he worked in the corporate tax team before transferring to Corporate Finance.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3251
Pete is a Senior Associate in the business, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2019. He is a graduate of the University of Bristol holding a BSc (Honours) degree in Finance & Accounting and is also a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with KPMG.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Pete worked in the Cantor Fitzgerald Corporate Finance team where he provided a range of investment banking advice to clients in the Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy sectors. Before joining Cantor Fitzgerald, Pete worked in the Private Equity Deal Advisory division of KPMG.
Since joining the Spayne Lindsay & Co team, Pete has worked on a variety of M&A and advisory projects, including the sale of EAT. to Pret A Manger, the sale of Brighter Foods to The Hut Group, the strategic investment in Cawston Press by Princes Group, the acquisition of Tangle Teezer by Mayfair Equity Partners, the minority acquisition of Little Moons by L Catterton and the €437.5m sale of Don Papa Rum to Diageo.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7808 3252
Philippe Leopold is a Partner of the business. He runs our Paris office and our Continental European practice. Philippe has more than 20 years’ M&A experience with corporates, entrepreneurial families and private equity houses across the consumer sector including the €4.5bn acquisition of ekaterra by CVC, the €1.4bn acquisition of Cooper by CVC, the disposal of Boulangeries Louise to Teract, the €1.4bn disposal of Naturex to Givaudan, the €400m acquisition of Campbell’s Soup operations in Europe by CVC, the €200m disposal of Montblanc Materne to LBO France and the creation of Aryzta.
Philippe was previously in charge of Messier Maris & Associés’ consumer practice and co-ran Citi’s Consumer Retail team in EMEA. Prior to joining Citi, Philippe worked for the consumer teams of BNP Paribas (Paris), Lehman Brothers (London) and Rothschild (London and Paris). He started his career in the Corporate Restructuring team of Arthur Andersen (Paris).
Philippe holds a Master in Management (major in Finance) from the EDHEC business school, France.
Mob: +33 (0) 7 88 98 11 59 and +44 (0) 7841 878 623
Tel: +44 (0) 7841 878 623
Rick is a Senior Advisor in the business and brings with him 30 years’ of private company M&A experience across the mid-market. Rick’s focus at Spayne Lindsay is on growth capital fund raising and lower mid-market M&A.
Rick served as the head of KPMG’s Consumer Market M&A team in the UK and across Europe until 2009. Rick then spent the next decade running his own private M&A business focused on the growth capital space.
Rick has executed numerous M&A transactions across the consumer sector (covering food, consumer products and retailers) including Dreams PLC, Dunlop Slazenger and Hensons Foods, he has also advised on multiple transactions for ABF.
Tel: 07802 806402
Sam is a Director in the business, having joined in 2021. He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he studied English Language and Literature.
Since joining the Spayne Lindsay & Co team Sam has worked on a number of transactions across the consumer sector including the investment into Strong Roots by McCain Foods and the sale of the SCI-MX Nutrition brand to Supreme Plc.
Previously Sam spent six years at MCF Corporate Finance advising on cross-border M&A, including a year seconded to the team in Stockholm. He is also experienced in advising on public takeovers, including the takeover of Cyprotex Plc and the reverse takeover of hVIVO Plc.
Shaun is a Partner in the business, having joined in 2005. He is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied Economics and is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with Arthur Andersen.
Shaun has led a large number of M&A transactions and advisory projects across the Consumer sector including the acquisition of Symington’s by Intermediate Capital Group, the sale of Clipper Tea to Wessanen and the £550m sale of Quorn to Monde Nissin.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Shaun spent four years at Arthur Andersen, and later Deloitte, where he worked in the real estate tax team before transferring to the private equity and M&A group.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3246
Thanina is an Office Manager for our Paris office, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2022. Thanina studied at Enaco Business School, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in European Management. She is responsible for the day to day operations at the office, including staff management, overseeing the firm’s finances and coordinating office events.
Tom is a founding Partner of Spayne Lindsay & Co. He is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of Manchester University and has over 25 years investment banking experience, having worked for Flemings and Lehman Brothers, both in the UK and USA. Tom founded Spayne Lindsay & Co, with John Spayne, in 2004.
Tom is also currently a Trustee of the Food Foundation (http://foodfoundation.org.uk).
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3242
Tom Girardi is a US Partner focused on the Food & Beverage/Consumer Products sectors in North America and Latin America. Tom has more than 25 years’ experience in the identification, planning and execution of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay, Tom was Managing Director for HT Capital Advisors, LLC where he advised family owned companies, private equity firms and corporate clients on buy-side and sell-side transactions. Tom advised Hormel Foods on their acquisition of Justin’s Nut Butter in the US and their first acquisition in Brazil. Previously, he was M&A Director for Unilever where he managed their corporate development initiatives in the Americas region for thirteen years. Earlier in his career, Tom held strategic planning and financial management roles with Reckitt’s US business. During his career, he has played an integral role in the successful completion of more than fifty acquisitions and divestitures; including several multi-billion-dollar transactions involving major consumer brands.
Tom holds an MBA in Finance from Rutgers Business School and a BS in Accounting from Montclair State University. He also holds Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified in Financial Management (CFM) designations.
Tel: +1 (201) 881 6830
Tommaso is an Associate, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2019. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management and holds an MSc in Banking and Finance from King’s College London.
Since joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Tommaso has worked on a variety of M&A projects, including the acquisition of Forthglade by IK Investment Partners and the sale of Orchard House Food to Elaghmore.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Tommaso worked at Fineurop Soditic, a Milan based boutique investment bank where he advised Italian and international clients on M&A across a range of sectors, including consumer.
Tommaso is a fluent Italian speaker.
T: +44 (0)20 7808 3241
Yann is an Analyst, having joined Spayne Lindsay & Co in 2022. He graduated from ESSEC Business School’s Master in Finance.
Prior to joining Spayne Lindsay & Co, Yann worked for Canaccord Genuity and other investment banking boutiques in Paris, providing M&A advisory across a range of sectors including consumer, industrial, software and healthcare.
Adam worked in the City as a corporate lawyer for over thirty years until his retirement in 2017. He was a joint head of Private Equity at International law firm Jones Day for over ten years. He has extensive experience of working on transactions in the foods and beverages sector, including several deals with Spayne Lindsay.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 3259