Bal Johal

Bal joined Accenture (aka Andersen Consulting) straight after graduating from Nottingham Trent University. He subsequently joined 3i plc (the then European university of private equity). After a decade of successful deals, he decided to leave and do it independently, exploring the idea of developing a friendly, bespoke private equity firm which ultimately evolved into what MML is today!

In conversation

What single piece of advice would you give an owner-manager contemplating private equity investment?

Demystify working with private equity! At MML we welcome a coffee (even a glass of wine) with owner-managers who are just beginning their journey of exploring private equity options. We do not need business plans or complex spreadsheets (or even a tie) to begin that dialogue. We enjoy nothing more than meeting managers who simply want to talk about the possibilities for their business.

What makes MML stand out?

A friendly approach, coupled with a desire to listen. A simple combination which provides us with the confidence to deliver tailored investments in a market of institutionalised capital. Working with MML is about recruiting an experienced investment partner, not accepting a takeover!

Why do managers, corporate advisors and investors choose to work with MML?

We have built a business that is trusted by our partners to deliver on our promises. Each and every relationship and investment matters and we take personal responsibility to ensure we are fair and commercial in all our dealings. Whilst I can prove that through our consistent and strong track record over many years, it is more valuable to reference us with the people we work with.

What does a typical weekend look like?

Juggling the taxi service for my three children between tennis, football and increasingly “out with friends” engagements. If time allows, hitting a few golf balls (and hopefully not spending too much time looking for them afterwards!). Sundays is always family lunch prepared by the best cook in the world combined with watching Liverpool - hopefully winning!


"Having Bal as an investor enabled Regard to transform over the last seven years, helping us provide the best possible care to those who need it. He builds strong, deep relationships and was a true partner to the team and I throughout the journey.”
Sandie Foxall-Smith, CEO, The Regard Partnership


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