I think it is twofold. Firstly, winning the deal – persuading management and founders that MML is the right partner. It always gets the adrenalin going. Secondly, is delivering the plan and seeing that realised through a successful exit. It is a lot of hard work by all involved to achieve the growth ambitions that we have, and it is always exciting to see that work come to fruition.
My journey was a little unusual, there are not too many people in the industry with a degree in medieval history followed by seven years as a commodity trader. And I am not an accountant. The catalyst for me moving into private equity was that as I got more senior in a large corporate, I realised the decisions being taken which would move shareholder value were being taken a long way away from my trading desk. I wanted to be able to influence business outcomes and work with management teams to do that and I suppose I was too impatient to work my way up a corporate ladder. So, I applied to 3i which ran a training program for people from a wide range of commercial backgrounds and the rest is history.
I love Million Dollar Listing New York and Below Deck – enough said!
For investors in MML Fund VI, MML Ireland I & MML Ireland II
For investors in MML Fund VII