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Rob King

Director

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As part of Sovereign’s investment team, I lead our work in the Business Services sector and adjacent niches. My time is split between building relationships with business owners and management teams, in the UK and internationally, within these sectors and working with Sovereign's talented portfolio company senior teams to support their ambitious growth strategies.

I often hear stories from owner-managers about the hard work and sacrifice that has gone into making their businesses a success. This makes it all the more rewarding when we see the businesses and the individuals behind them reach the next stage in their journey. Whether enabling an owner-manager to retire, providing the investment to create rapid organic growth or backing an MBO, giving the management team the opportunity to own the businesses they run, we are focused, committed investors.

Since joining the team in 2011, I’ve had the privilege of working with, and supporting the growth of, a number of our portfolio companies including our investments in: Utility Bidder and Asset Control; Kindertons and its subsequent acquisitions of Plantec, Sovereign Automotive, Platinum Assistance and Crusader Assistance; the follow-on acquisitions and roll-outs for Tracscare Group; Optionis Group including the simultaneous acquisitions of SJD and Nixon Williams, and our investment in EPG including the acquisition of Just Teachers and developments into teacher training. I've also worked on a number of recapitalisations and have been involved in the successful exits of DC Leisure, Lindley, Tracscare and Kindertons.

Our core focus is on driving growth and supporting our investments to deliver beyond the plan. I have led the development of our focus on Sales Optimisation, initially through due diligence, to help direct our focus and support post-transaction.

Since joining the team in 2011, I’ve had the privilege of working with and supporting the growth of a number of our portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Sovereign, I spent four years in the Investment Banking division of Rothschild and three years with the Corporate Finance division of Dolphin Investment Banking. Both had a strong regional focus and allowed me to work on private equity backed and plc mid-market deals across a broad spectrum of sectors.

I have a young family and enjoy travel, skiing and I’m a bit of a motor fanatic.

Areas of Interest

  • Business services including Compliance
  • Industrial Services
  • Sales Optimisation

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