Senior Management Team

We are a highly committed outcome-focused group of professionals. We bring to each project a powerful combination of deep technical and financial expertise, extensive commercial experience, strong networks and an entrepreneurial attitude.

Robert Adams
Robert AdamsManaging Director

Robert is one of Ireland’s leading Corporate Finance Advisors with a wealth of experience in Debt Fundraising and M&A. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. He has developed a strong reputation for financing and refinancing business and property based portfolios, working across a broad range of Corporate Finance activities. He has significant commercial experience in undertaking M&A, Business Reviews, Due Diligences and Strategic Advisory for Corporate clients. Robert has developed a large client base across a broad range of sectors throughout Ireland.

Robert has experience in the Hospitality, Real Estate, Aviation and Retail sectors.


Robbie Allen
Robbie AllenManager

Robbie has over 10 years’ experience working in Corporate Finance, Management Consulting, Assurance and Advisory roles. He has cross industry knowledge having delivered to retail, banking, investment management and FMCG clients across EMEA.

Robbie has extensive front office experience, working with leading organisations to achieve their strategic business objectives. Robbie primarily focuses on mergers & acquisitions, debt advisory, equity fundraising and corporate strategy to help clients deliver on their value event ambitions.

Prior to Focus Capital Partners, Robbie was a Management Consultant at PwC where he became Senior Manager. Robbie delivered strategy through to implementation projects across technology, digital and customer focused transformations, post-merger integration and financial modeling.

He began his career in Assurance at Deloitte focusing on the investment management sector.

Robbie is an Associate of Chartered Accountants Ireland, a Prince II practitioner and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Galway.


Brian Barrett
Brian BarrettAssociate Director

Brian’s expertise is in providing strategic advice to entrepreneurs, business owners and companies to assist them in achieving their strategic ambitions and preparing for significant value events. He has over 16 years of corporate finance experience working with SME’s, large corporates and semi state bodies across Ireland.

Brian has successfully project management and complete many significant transactions across multiple sectors, including retail, technology, food & beverage, agriculture, logistics, banking, energy and leisure.

Brian joined Focus Capital Partners in 2019 and is a leading and experienced corporate finance advisor, who provides a broad range of activities from debt advisory, valuations, due diligence, strategic planning, along with buy / sell side services to our clients.

Brian previously worked for IBI Corporate Finance and EY Transaction Advisory Services.

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Dermot Brennan
Dermot BrennanManager

Dermot joined Focus Capital Partners in 2019 and since then he has advised on numerous Debt, Equity and M&A transactions across a wide range of sectors.

Previously he spent 4 years in PWC’s International and Domestics Business Assurance department which included a secondment to PWC’s New York office.

Dermot is a Chartered Accountant and graduated with a first-class honour’s degree in Business Studies (specialising in Finance) from DCU. He has completed a Diploma in Corporate Finance and the Chartered Tax Consultant Qualification from Chartered Accountants Ireland.


David Brophy
David Brophy Associate Director

David has over 8 years’ experience advising on corporate and personal tax matters for a wide variety of clients, including High Net Worth Individuals, estates, and domestic and multinational companies.

David has a detailed and practical understanding of all areas of Irish taxation, with a particular interest in tax planning for corporates and shareholders on re-organisations, pre-sale tax structuring, Management Buy Outs (MBOs) and debt refinancing. David has advised clients across a broad range of industries, including technology and software, healthcare, hospitality and leisure, education, and property, finding the right balance between tax efficient solutions and helping clients achieve their personal or commercial objectives.


Donal Cantillon
Donal CantillonDirector

Donal holds an MBA, a BSc. Finance Degree and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA) with 15+ years of banking and commercial/corporate finance experience working with SMEs, large corporates, and semi state bodies. His expertise is in the area commercial finance solutions helping companies to achieve their financing and long-term strategic aims.

During his career, Donal has worked across and successfully completed many transactions in various sectors including retail, hospitality & leisure, healthcare, manufacturing, engineering, technology, logistics, renewables, and property.

Donal is also a Director and President (2022) of Limerick Chamber of Commerce and is an advocate for business growth and economic development in the Mid-West in order to create a thriving region.

At Focus Capital Partners, Donal specialises in our MBO & Debt Advisory transactions and leads our Munster business from our Limerick offices.


Rob Knox Davies
Rob Knox DaviesManager

Robert has over 10 years’ experience advising corporates and individuals on their tax affairs with a particular focus on mergers & acquisitions, capital or debt raises, group restructuring, shareholder entries and exits as well as advice on funding and investment structures.

Prior experience has been gained at Big 4 firms, as well as in the investment banking space.

He is an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (Ireland) and an admitted attorney (South Africa).


Orla Devlin
Orla DevlinAssistant Manager

Orla joined Focus Capital Partners in 2017 and since then has predominantly advised on Equity transactions across a wide variety of sectors as well as several M&A transactions.

Previously, Orla spent 5 years working in business development and management positions in both start-ups and small businesses in the ecommerce and retail sectors respectively.

Orla graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelors in Commerce, specialising in Finance. Orla subsequently completed a Masters in Finance and Capital Markets at Dublin City University.


Johnny Dillon
Johnny DillonAssociate Director

Johnny has 15 years’ experience in corporate finance and advisory roles. Since joining Focus Capital Partners in 2013, Johnny has managed several of Company’s key transactions. Johnny has managed €400M of fundraising transactions across numerous sectors including property, energy, healthcare, hospitality and foodservice. He has worked with many of the main banks, alternative lenders, corporate and family office investors in Ireland & UK in the process.

Prior to joining Focus Capital Partners, Johnny trained as an accountant in the Advisory Department of Grant Thornton in Dublin. Johnny is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from the University of Limerick.


Patrick Dooley
Patrick DooleyAssociate Director

Patrick Dooley holds a B.A. In Accounting & Finance from DCU and an MSc in Accounting from DIT. He is also an associate of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Prior to joining Focus Capital Partners, Patrick worked in EY’s transaction advisory service business and specialised in mergers & acquisitions with PKF Corporate Finance in Dublin.

Patrick’s primary focus is on mergers & acquisitions alongside debt advisory. He has extensive experience in M&A across a variety of SME’s in Ireland with particular focus on the sell side. He has expertise in helping companies build financial models, develop accurate valuations and ensure transactions are successfully completed were possible.

Patrick has assisted clients in achieving their exit strategies and preparing for significant business events across a large variety of sectors including retail, food & beverage, healthcare, security and technology.

Also, he has co-funded a tech start up company which was successfully disposed of to a trade buyer in 2018.


Jim Dowling
Jim Dowling Assistant Tax Manager

Jim joined Focus Tax Partners in 2021, having experience advising on both personal and corporate tax matters, with a particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganisations. He also advises on estate and retirement planning, MBOs, and all aspects of property transactions with specialised experience in stamp duty and stamp duty planning.

Jim has worked with clients across a broad range of industries, including professional services, retail, hospitality, technology and construction.

Jim is a member of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Irish Tax Institute (CTA).


Owen Hackett
Owen HackettAssociate Director

Owen holds a Bachelor of International Commerce & Irish degree from University College Dublin and is an associate of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Prior to joining Focus Capital Partners in 2017, Owen worked in Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance and Corporate Advisory departments specialising in M&A and transaction services. Owen completed his accountancy traineeship in Deloitte and Touche’s corporate audit department.

Owen specialises in M&A and equity finance and has managed the successful execution of several equity fundraise and M&A transactions with a particular focus on high growth indigenous Irish software and technology companies. In addition, Owen specialises in providing a range of transaction services including due diligence, company valuations, and IBR’s and has extensive experience in providing strategic advice to leading Irish corporates.

Owen has gained significant exposure to various industries while working in corporate finance including software, artificial intelligence, manufacturing, pharmacy, leisure & hospitality, waste management, renewables, retail, and property.


Martin Higgins
Martin HigginsDirector

His core specialist skills in operating fast growing businesses have been developed over 25 years as a Managing Director/CEO of commercial trading companies. Martin brings commercial business turnaround, growth and restructuring expertise to Focus Capital Partners. He is currently spearheading a number of significant business growth planning and funding transactions.

Martin has gained a wide range of experience in a broad range of companies, Private, PLC and Multi National.

Martin has developed a recognised reputation for business strategy, rapid growth and business turnarounds in the European arena (Ireland/UK/Italy/Denmark). He is known for his commercial, real estate, operations, IT and financial skills. He has led business acquisition, disposal and re-structuring transactions. Martin has strong relationships with a wide range of Private Wealth Funds, Private Equity groups and commercial business leaders.


Alan Kelly
Alan KellyDirector

Alan has 25 years’ experience working in start-ups, SMEs and multi-million euro organisations.

Having started his career in Deloitte, Alan then worked as FC of KWE Ireland, a Japanese Logistics Company specializing in services to the Pharmaceutical and Electronics Industries. Alan was appointed General Manager KWE Ireland in 2003 and oversaw revenue growth from €12m to €20m in 2.5 years.

Alan then joined Fonua, Europe’s largest mobile phone distributor as Commercial Director with responsibility for Operations, Finance & Business Development.

Since 2016, Alan has been a Director of Focus Capital Partners and has led a number of equity fundraising projects in multiple sectors.

He currently heads up the M&A Department and has successfully completed transactions (sell side & buy side) in multiple sectors including technology, software, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution.

Alan is an active member of M&A Worldwide and is a co-leader of the Healthcare Industry Group.


Andrew Kenny
Andrew KennyDirector

Andrew has over 15 years’ experience advising personal and corporate tax clients such as high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, start-up companies (particularly in the technology and software industries), sizeable Irish private companies and family-owned businesses across the full spectrum of the domestic economy.

Andrew has extensive knowledge of all areas of Irish taxation and specialises in the tax structuring of property transactions and corporate transactions including refinancing, acquisitions, disposals, corporate re-organisations and management buy outs (MBOs).

Prior to joining Focus Tax Partners, Andrew was a Partner in Warren & Partners.


Barry Madden
Barry Madden Associate Director

Barry is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years of experience between corporate finance and audit & advisory. Barry holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree (Accounting & Finance major) from the University of Limerick. Prior to joining Focus Capital Partners, Barry spent 4 years in the assurance department of PwC including two rotations in PwC San Francisco.

Barry has substantial experience in the areas of buy side and sell side of M&A transactions as well as having managed a large number of banking transactions. Areas of specialty include M&A advisory, sourcing external capital, corporate & personal debt restructuring and project management. This ranges across various industries including retail & leisure, healthcare & pharma, renewables, logistics and Real Estate. Barry also has extensive experience in the areas of financial modelling and valuations, financial planning & analysis and financial due diligence.


Andy McEntee
Andy McEnteeClient Relationship Manager

Andy established his career in the Davy Group, with over 27 years’ experience of dealing in currency and interest rate instruments with the final 5 years as Director of Moneybroker, acting exclusively in an agency capacity for professional clients, matching up buyers and sellers in the wholesale financial markets.

Andy joined Focus Capital Partners in 2018 as Client Relationship Manager. He is primarily involved in Debt and M&A, bringing new opportunities to his client base.

Andy holds a BA in Economics together with a Masters in Sports Management in UCD. Andy is also the successful Manager of the Meath Football Team.


Brian McGann
Brian McGannDirector and Chairperson

Brian is a founding shareholder and Chairman of Focus Capital Partners. A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, he has developed his reputation in corporate finance, financial and business strategy and is widely acknowledged as one of the country’s leading business strategists.

Brian has a keen interest in economics and provides strategic business advice across all business sectors. He has significant hands-on management experience in terms of his ability to work alongside senior business executives in their delivery of growth focused M&A activity.

Prior to establishing Focus Capital Partners, Brian was a Founding Partner of BDO in Ireland and was instrumental in the growth of the firm to becoming a leading top 6 accountancy firm within Ireland. Brian qualified with KPMG before establishing his own firm in 1984. In 1987, he merged with Simpson Xavier which subsequently became the Irish office of BDO International. Brian led BDO as Managing Partner until leaving in July 2010 to establish Focus Capital Partners.


Paul Meade
Paul Meade Assistant Manager

Paul holds a Bachelor of Business and Finance from Dublin University College and is an associate of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Prior to joining Focus Capital Partners in 2019, Paul completed his accountancy traineeship in Moore across a number of departments including Audit, Corporate & Personal Tax, Restructure and Corporate Finance.

In Focus Capital Partners, Paul specialises in Private Equity and M&A. He has significant experience in providing a range of transaction services including due diligence, company valuations and in providing strategic advice to leading Irish corporates. Paul has gained significant exposure to various industries while working in corporate finance including technology, pharmacy, leisure & hospitality, renewables, retail, and property.


Edel Mulvihill
Edel MulvihillFinance Manager

Edel joined Focus Capital Partners in early 2020 as a Management Accountant on the Finance team. Edel has worked primarily on internal functions but has also supported the corporate finance team with a wide range of transaction related projects, including due diligence and financing.

Prior to joining, Edel spent over four years working in the Audit and Advisory Department in Crowe Ireland. Edel graduated with a first-class honors degree in Theology and Business from GMIT in 2011 and holds a Professional Diploma in Financial Advice from UCD.

Edel qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2019.


Jack O'Keeffe
Jack O'KeeffeDirector

Jack has an extensive background in banking, funding, investments and corporate finance across a broad range of sectors. He has held senior executive positions in many of the Irish financial institutions both in Ireland and overseas, having led and executed transactions ranging in size from €5 to €75m with his recent focus in the renewable energy and social housing sectors.

In recent years, Jack has been involved in a number of fundraisings covering both equity and debt. He has an established network across private, family office and institutional investors which enables alternative funding solutions & investment insights to many clients and to efficiently match investors with projects & promoters.

Jack has initiated, structured & executed projects in property, social housing, student housing, renewable energy & hospitality sectors and holds extensive knowledge in these particular areas having led innovative fundraising transactions for a number of clients across different jurisdictions.


Denise O'Grady
Denise O'GradyProject Manager

Denise joined Focus Capital Partners in 2016 from a large accountancy practice, having hands-on experience in the operation of multiple investor funds. Denise now works as a project manager and is involved primarily in the day-to-day management of a number of property funds within Focus Capital Partners that seek to deliver investment opportunities for investors.

Denise has successfully overseen a number of projects both internal and external and has a detailed and practical understanding of the core abilities that are necessary to successfully bring a project from start to finish.

Denise graduated from WIT with a BA (Hons).


John Peppard
John Peppard Chief Financial Officer

John is CFO of Focus Capital Partners.  A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, he is also a Chartered Tax Consultant with Chartered Accountants Ireland.  He is an alumnus of NUIG, holding a B. Comm and a Masters in Accounting.

John began his career in EY before moving to the finance department in University College Dublin.  Over several years, he progressed within UCD to the role of financial controller within the UCD SLLS division, before moving to Focus Capital Partners in 2016.

John is a commercially focused CFO, working across a platform of businesses in the Property, Hospitality and Professional Services sectors.


Hazel Slattery
Hazel SlatteryManager

Hazel is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, holding a B.A. in Law & Accounting from the University of Limerick and a Diploma in Leadership & Management from University College Dublin.

Hazel has worked with Focus Capital Partners since its establishment, bringing extensive experience and knowledge across a wide range of advisory services and sectors.  Hazel’s particular skillsets include fundraising, mergers & acquisitions and due diligence.

Prior to joining Focus Capital Partners, Hazel worked in Audit & Assurance at BDO for 3 years. During this time Hazel worked directly with clients undergoing transactions, the experience of which sparked her interest in Corporate Finance.


Ray Wheatley
Ray Wheatley Director

Ray is a senior property and finance professional with strong relationship, investment and credit skills.
Ray has proven experience in the asset management of extensive loan and property portfolios with a focus on restructuring negotiations with borrowers.

Ray is an expert in financial structuring for refinancing and development transactions, in addition to the provision of detailed financial modelling and analysis of investment opportunities. Ray has an established track record of successfully managing the execution of high value transactions to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

Ray oversees a number of property funds within Focus Capital Partners that deliver investment opportunities for investors across a number of sectors primarily residential housing in both the Social and Private Housing areas. Ray has delivered numerous successful housing schemes across Ireland and is currently working on a portfolio of 1,000+ units to be constructed in the short to medium term.


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