Beer Mergers
Business Sales : Mergers & Acquisitions : Corporate Consultancy

Beer Mergers Limited is an independent, specialist corporate advisory firm, a "boutique" operation focusing specifically on sales and acquisitions in the small business sector.

Welcome to Beer Mergers
We have a dedicated team of senior people operating around the UK, giving us both full geographical coverage and a range of specialist skills. Our Head Office Team comprises:


Mike Halls ACIB.CF (Managing Director)

After twenty-five years with Barclays Bank, latterly as Senior Corporate Manager in London, Mike moved into corporate finance, initially with an independent corporate finance house, and subsequently with a European investment bank. Mike formed his own business consultancy in 1997, which merged with Beer & Partners’ M&A operations to form Beer Mergers Limited in 1999. Mike was one of the first advisers to receive the “CF” qualification from the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty in 2007.

Miki Dan (Regional Director – Head Office)

Miki is a very experienced investment banker and M&A practitioner, with extensive cross-border advisory experience, and a particular specialisation in industrial services sectors including oil and gas, automotive, manufacturing and global aerospace businesses. Miki is an experienced transatlantic and European mid-market deal maker, having worked on transactions for both public and private clients in the UK, US and Europe. Miki joined Beer Mergers in 2014 to focus on the industrial sector.

Melinda Harvey (PA)

Melinda spent several years as a senior PA / Secretary before leaving to concentrate on family commitments. Melinda returned to work with Beer Mergers in 2000 and runs the office on a daily basis, handling all administration and related work.

Lucy Roy (Operations Manager)

Lucy started her career in retail banking at the Halifax before moving into the City and working for a number of Investment Banks.  Her final move was to a Hedge Fund, GLG Partners, for whom she worked for over 10 years, prior to taking a break to concentrate on her young family. Lucy joined Beer Mergers in 2018 as Marketing Manager at our Head Office in Kent.

Alison Kemp (Research Manager)

Alison joined Beer Mergers in 2014, returning after a career break previously spanning over ten years in the Music industry, in a number of roles including licensing and negotiating, and specialist research of product and material.  Alison has a variety of experience in small family businesses through to large media conglomerates.  Alison now runs the Beer Mergers Research Department based at our Head Office in Kent.

The remainder of our team comprises:

Allan Knowles (Regional Director – South East)

Allan is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and businessman, with a varied career including sales, marketing, qualititative market research and IT experience. As well as forming his own successful specialist consultancy business, Allan worked with Business Link in London assisting SME businesses with a wide range of issues including growth, finance, and business sales. Allan joined Beer Mergers in 2011 to bring those skills and experience to our South East Region.

Andrew Wilson (Regional Director – Northern Region)

A Graduate of Manchester Business School, Andrew worked for some years in International Banking in London. This was followed by twenty five years as a founder and Director of a family owned SME in the manufacturing sector. Andrew has been Regional Director based in Yorkshire for Beer Mergers for approaching ten years, and runs the whole of our Northern region. Andrew has successfully negotiated many sales and acquisitions across a broad variety of industry sectors.

Colin Harvey (Regional Director – South West)

Colin is a vastly experienced M&A practitioner with over 20 years in Corporate Finance, gained in a number of firms, with a particular specialism in the smaller, owner–managed business. Colin joined Beer Mergers in 2014 to assist in our expansion, particularly in the South West, where he has a wealth of contacts and knowledge of the market.

Alec Noakes ACIB (Consultant)

Alec spent 30 years with Barclays Bank Plc in a variety of roles within London, West End and latterly as a Finance Manager within International Operations. He left Barclays in 2002 and joined Beer Mergers as Office Manager where he provided executive support to the whole team and was involved in all transactions.  From 2019, Alec has scaled down his involvement but continues to provide consultancy support to the firm on an adhoc basis.

Lynda Collingwood ACMA (Research Consultant)

A qualified ACMA, with fourteen years’ experience in various accounting roles including Shell, Intel and Hertz, before moving into private banking and investment management initially with Lloyds Bank Plc and latterly with a Private European bank. Lynda subsequently formed her own specialist finance consultancy and has been with Beer Mergers from the outset, working alongside the main team on specialist work on a consultancy basis.

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