Eric F. Kohn

TD, VR, BSc, FCIM, FCMI, FInstD
Chairman

efk@barons.ch

COMPETENCIES
Mergers & Acquisitions
Capital-Raising
Strategic Reviews
Turnarounds and Restructurings

KEY TRANSACTIONS
Swissport
Stork NV
Deutsche BA

INDUSTRY FOCUS
Aerospace, Defence and Security
Aviation & Support Services
Healthcare
Mining
Mechanical Engineering

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.

Peter Sorby

Partner

psorby@barons.co.uk

COMPETENCIES
Accounting
General Management
Restructurings
Aviation & Airlines with Helicopter Operations

INDUSTRY FOCUS
Real Estate
Airlines, Aerospace & Aviation
Engineering

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.

Florian De Rooij

Vice President

fdr@barons.ch

COMPETENCIES
Debt Markets
Capital Raising
Financial Analysis and Modelling

INDUSTRY FOCUS
Airlines, Aerospace & Aviation
Fintech and Consumer Finance
Real Estate

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.

Mike Creed

MBA, RAeS
Senior Advisor Far East

COMPETENCIES
General Management
Strategic Reviews
Turnarounds & Restructurings
Aviation & Airlines with Helicopter Operations

INDUSTRY FOCUS
Aerospace & Aviation
Business & General Aviation
Charter of Jets & Helicopters
Emergency Medical Aviation Services – Helicopter & Fixed Wing
Manufacturer Distributions & Representations
Maintenance & FBO Operations

Mike Creed holds an MBA in Business Development from Guildford College and began his career in the Aviation Industry in 1969 in the UK, and has since worked exclusively for Aerospace Manufacturers or Distributors including Cessna, Piper, Dornier, Robinson Helicopters, Agusta Westland, MD Helicopters, Embraer, Gulfstream, etc., before becoming an independent contractor and founding several of his own businesses.

He notably established the “Harrods” aircraft sales division in Luton, UK, as part of the famous “Harrods” Group and set-up the first Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operation in Qatar, and 3 other such operations in the UK.

Mike Creed also ran the MD Helicopter, Swearingen SJ30 Light Jet distributions in Dubai, UAE, where he was based for 12 years and in Beijing, China, where he resided and worked for 5 years.

In 2006 he founded his own Aviation Consultancy Company and has been assisting Airlines, Aviation and Aerospace companies in streamlining and improving their business operations, as well as restructuring and turning-around distressed corporations.

He very successfully contracted as CEO for a Government listed Aviation Company in China, as well as having been an AOC nominated postholder for MRO & FBO facilities, amongst many other assignments.

In parallel to his busy and successful consultancy work, Mike Creed branched out into the technologies of unmanned aerial solutions and drones, again establishing his own company and setting-up a joint venture with Three Tis, a drone supplier to the Government of Malaysia, and official distributor for Schiebel in Malaysia.

He has extensive knowledge of running aviation companies, including turning-around distressed corporations at executive level, with in-depth expertise in the financial, commercial and technical aspects of business management, as well as in the technologies of unmanned aerial solutions and drones.

One of his corporations was recently appointed to assist the Malaysian and Indonesian Robinson helicopter distributor “Jag Helicopters” to expand their business.

Mike Creed previously held a commercial pilot’s licence (CPL) with multi engine instrument rating (IR) and was an FAA instructor. He is also a P1 helicopter pilot and a drone pilot and sits on the main committees of ASBAA (Association of Business Aviation Asia) as well as MSAF (Malaysian Sport Flying Association) and is a member of the Drone Pilots Association of Malaysia.

Born in Malaysia, where he currently resides, he is a UK citizen and speaks fluent English, with good knowledge of French, German and Bahasa (Malaysia).

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