If you are considering a management buyout of your company then proper planning, including the funding for your strategy, can ensure you aren’t short-changed.

This webinar, which takes place on Thursday March 25th from 12 noon until 1pm, will feature a number of founders who will share their experiences, mistakes and learnings about this route – including when it is appropriate and how to prepare your management team for the strategic succession.

It will also hear from those who have gone down the route of leading MBOs themselves to change the strategic direction of a company.

It is the second in a three-part series featuring a number of business figures who will share their exit planning journeys. Founders should join multi award winning Manchester-based wealth creation and exit planning specialists, Biramis Management Partners, and Dublin-based full service business law firm, ByrneWallace LLP, for invaluable insights on how to maximise the personal wealth you can gain from a successful exit – whether that is through trade sale (see webinar no.1), management buyout or passing the business on to a family member (see webinar no.3).


Christiane Hutchinson 

Christiane is Founder and CEO of Biramis Management Partners, a multi-award-winning specialist exit value creation consultancy. She has over 25 years’ experience in strategic management consulting, and a global career spanning across France, Japan, the UK, and Ireland.

She is based in Manchester and leads a business value creation team. 

Turlough O’Sullivan (panel chair)

Turlough is a Company Chairman and Director, mediator, and an independent consultant for business organisation and strategy. He was Director General of IBEC, the Irish Employers Federation, for nine years – during which time he also sat on the board for Business Europe, the National Economic and Social Council the Labour Relations Commission and the National Implementation Body. He is now Chairman of Resolve Ireland and Biramis Ireland, based in Dublin. 

Neil Keenan 

Neil is Partner and Head of Corporate at ByrneWallace LLP, a full-service business law firm based in Dublin. Neil has been advising on M&A and other corporate transactions for over twenty-five years and is currently the Chairperson of the Business Law Committee within the Law Society of Ireland.

Neil McGowan 

Neil McGowan has over 12 years investment banking and private equity experience and is a Partner and Co-Head of Investments in MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland, a private equity fund dedicated to backing managers of small and medium-sized private businesses backed by AIB, Enterprise Ireland and a number of international institutional investors. 

Danny Hughes 

Danny Hughes is the Group CEO of Fastway Couriers Ireland, a company which specialises in ecommerce fashion and clothing delivery. The company was originally founded as a franchise in Ireland and expanded rapidly, driven by the continued growth of shopping online by Irish consumers. The founders exited the business in 2017 via a Management Buy Out backed by MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland. 

Matt Hirst 

Matt Hirst is the CEO of leading energy technology provider ESG with over 500 staff and operations in North America, Japan and the UK. Matt was the mastermind and leader behind the 2014 Management Buyout of Utiligroup, backed by private equity firm NorthEdge Capital. Following a period of rapid growth under Matt’s leadership and with NorthEdge’s backing, Utiligroup was acquired by Accel-KKR backed ESG in April 2017. Matt assumed a position on the ESG board and continued to run the UK operation Utiligroup (now rebranded as ESG) before becoming global CEO of the ESG group in July 2020. Matt has integrated several company acquisitions during his leadership. Matt won an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016 as well as being a judge in 2018. In 2017 Matt’s team was awarded the Regional and National Mid Market Management Team of the Year awards by the BVCA. Matt holds a BSc (Hons) degree from The University of Salford and a MBA from Lancaster University. 

Dean Benson 

Dean Benson is the founder and CEO of Visualsoft, a full service eCommerce and digital marketing agency headquartered in Stockton-on-Tees. The award-winning company set up shop back in 1998 and now employs a team of over 280, across four offices in Teesside, Newcastle, Manchester and Dubai. Dean is also on the Board of Governors at Teesside University and the Entrepreneur’s Forum.