Mergers & Acquisitions
Turnarounds and Restructurings
Aerospace, Defence and Security
Aviation & Support Services
Eric F. Kohn TD VR is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Barons Capital Partners, with more than 30 years’ experience in all disciplines of corporate finance, industrial marketing, manufacturing and management in Europe and the USA, as well as aerospace. He started his career with Sulzer AG in Switzerland and continued with Lucas (Aerospace) GmbH in Munich, Germany before founding his own group of companies with plants in Germany and the USA, specialising in industrial automation.
At Barons Capital Partners, he has originated and executed a wide variety of transactions across a diverse range of sectors including healthcare, aerospace and defence, aviation support services, transport and industrials. He successfully restructured and turned around Holmes Protection Group, a US-based security company facing imminent bankruptcy. He has also served in Board-level executive capacities to lead the successful turnarounds of OmniLabs Group, a medical diagnostics provider, and dba, the former German subsidiary of British Airways.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of Avcorp Industries Inc., a publicly listed Canadian aerospace manufacturer, from November 2004 to June 2017. He acted as financial adviser to Intro Aviation in its acquisition of the airlines CityJet Ltd and VLM Airlines N.V. from Air France-KLM, and was a Member of the Board of Directors of VLM Airlines N.V. from April 2014 to May 2016.
Eric F. Kohn TD VR is a Swiss and UK citizen who is fluent in French and German and has a good understanding of several other European languages. He spent over 30 years as a reserve officer with the British Army’s Airborne Forces, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has multi-engine pilot’s licence with an instrument rating. He is a Graduate of Glasgow University, a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. He is a Freeman of the City of London and of the City of Glasgow and was a Trustee of Veteran’s Aid, a UK charity for ex-Servicemen, for ten years.
Aviation & Airlines with Helicopter Operations
Airlines, Aerospace & Aviation
Peter Sorby attended Oxford Brooks University and Nottingham Trent University studying accountancy, leading to his qualification as a Chartered Certified Accountant.
He has in-depth experience in Finance and General Management as well as Accounting, Tax Compliance & Structuring, Air Operations, Aviation Regulatory Requirements, Business Transformation & Strategy, with a focus on the aerospace, aviation & airlines, real estate, engineering, and the high-tech computer industries.
He benefits from extensive Board-level CFO & CEO experience in aviation, both fixed and rotary wing & support services, in both passenger and freight services, including executive jet operations at Gama Aviation, leading to a third party acquisition and its float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
Peter Sorby was previously CEO of Air Foyle Group, where he set-up other airlines including Color Air (Norway), Airworld, Air Scandic & Flying Colours (UK). He also set-up and operated 16 cargo jet aircraft for TNT in Europe as well as 50% of the world’s fleet of heavy lift Antonov 124 aircraft on worldwide operations, and was appointed Main Board Director of CityJet when Air Foyle became the majority shareholder of the Irish carrier.
He successfully led the buyout of British International Group from CHC by raising GBP 35 million in equity from 3i and bank debt. The company operated scheduled services & services for UK military in the UK and Falkland Islands, UK Police, H M Revenue and Customs, QinetiQ, BBC as well as for several major oil companies, where he served as Financial Director & Deputy MD, managing 170 staff. He led the process of acquiring Veritair Aviation and headed the sale process, due diligence and negotiations at senior management level, which resulted in the successful divestment of the British International Group, providing substantial returns to the private equity investors.
Throughout his career he has provided Board-level business consultancy services to numerous international companies, including more recently the Portuguese helicopter and fixed wing operator, Heliportugal, where he also acted as interim CFO.
Peter Sorby joined Barons Capital Partners in 2017 as Partner.
He is a qualified FCCA, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and is a UK citizen.
Financial Analysis and Modelling
Airlines, Aerospace & Aviation
Fintech and Consumer Finance
Florian de Rooij joined Barons Capital Partners in July 2017.
Prior to joining Barons Capital Partners, he was an associate with Wallich Corporate Finance, a corporate finance banking firm focused on cross-border private and public debt transactions, located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
He has in-depth experience of the private and public debt markets, having successfully closed several deals in various industries; his sector experience includes FinTech, consumer finance, real estate and heavy equipment leasing.
Florian de Rooij graduated with a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from HEC Lausanne.
He is a Dutch citizen, and is fluent in French, English and Dutch.