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Biography

“Quayle Munro is an open, collegiate and co-operative firm. We believe in working with, and not just for, our clients and are dedicated to supporting each other along the way.”

Simon has 23 years’ investment banking and corporate finance experience encompassing mergers, acquisitions, disposals and fundraisings for a wide range of UK and international clients (both public and unquoted), entrepreneurs and private equity firms. 

Simon joined Quayle Munro in 2013 from Canaccord Genuity (formerly Hawkpoint Partners) where, for his last three years, he was Head of UK. During his eight years at Hawkpoint, Simon established and headed market-leading financial advisory franchises in Media and Education. Prior to joining Hawkpoint, Simon worked at Rothschild and Schroders (latterly Citigroup).

In Media, Simon’s experience covers a breadth of sub-sectors and industries ranging from consumer and business publishing to television and radio, outdoor, cinema and marketing services.  Notable media transactions have included the disposals of Mergermarket (to Pearson), Chrysalis Radio (to Global Radio), Research Now (to e-Rewards), TV3 (to Doughty Hanson) and Odeon (to Terra Firma), as well as the acquisitions of Hodder Headline (for Lagardère), Guardian Radio (for Global Radio) and Score Press (for Johnston Press). Other major media companies with which Simon has worked include Axel Springer, Vivendi, ITV, Emap and EMI.  

In Education, his experience covers all major education sub-sectors, from higher education and schools to vocational and professional training.  He has also acted on some of the largest education transactions in the UK including the disposals of BPP (to Apollo Global), The College of Law (to Montagu Private Equity), GL Education Group (to Investcorp) and Melorio (to Pearson). Other education companies with which he has worked include Kaplan, Cambridge Assessment, City and Guilds and A4e.

Simon has an MA in Classics from Oxford University.