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Alex Hay

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Sovereign had always stood out for me as a firm that truly focused on supporting growth – be it organically or through acquisition.  Since joining the firm in early 2017, I’ve witnessed the hands-on approach every member of the team dedicates to delivering this.

At Sovereign, we work to create the best deal and results for everyone. It’s not just our sector knowledge and investment acumen that has enabled this, but the close working relationships we have forged with talented people – that’s when you see a business absolutely thrive.

I built up my deal experience over the last ten years at RJD Partners where I became a partner in 2011.  There my investments included the £23m secondary buy-out of training provider Babington Group, the MBO of Barber of Sheffield, the online distribution specialist, and the £40m secondary buy-out of Harrington Brooks, the debt solutions business.

It’s not just our sector knowledge and investment acumen that has enabled this, but the close working relationships we have forged with talented people – that’s when you see a business absolutely thrive.

I also led a number of successful realisations including the £75m sale of TransLinc to May Gurney plc and the secondary buyout of Character World.

I was previously at Close Brothers Corporate Finance in M&A having qualified as an accountant with PwC. My degree was in modern languages at Oxford University.

I’m married with three children, which is why I have become more of an armchair sportsman but still enjoy getting out in to the fresh air for some cycling, golf and skiing.

Areas of Interest

  • Business Services
  • Industrial, Food & Chemical 
  • Education & Training

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