Meet Jonathan Barrow – The City & Capital Group’s Acquisitions Director
The City & Capital Group wouldn’t be where it is today without some of the fantastic people who make up our team. In celebration of them – and all the hard work they put in – we wanted to deliver a shoutout on our blog.
This month, we’re getting to know director at City & Capital Acquisition, Jonathan Barrow – who joined us in February 2020.
Sum up your role in just one paragraph:
Delivering the business strategy, management and creation of the M&A processes, and ultimately introducing compatible buyers and sellers.
What does it take to be a great M&A Professional?
Empathy, sector knowledge, foresight, relationship management, the ability to project manage and fortitude – in no particular order!
What’s the best part of your job?
Enabling those within the sector to strategically grow or realise their dream exit strategy. It’s a privilege to be ‘the expert’ they call upon, and the sense of responsibility bestowed is never lost on me.
What do you see as a ‘job well done’?
When a seller and buyer are both delighted after an efficient and seamless acquisition project managed by The City & Capital Group.
How do you think the firm differentiates itself from others?
The City & Capital Group is a qualitative firm. We don’t suffocate the team with KPIs, and instead favour a framework for our employees to flourish in.
To have a chartered adviser and an M&A expert with project management expertise running the business is also a differentiating factor. It’s safe to say that collectively, we have a substantial skillset.
What three words do you think best describes City & Capital?
Innovative expert vegans.
Now, onto the ‘fun stuff’… how do you wind-down during the weekend?
By spending time in nature. We’re blessed to live in a country where we’re never far from stunning, serene greenery, so I get out as often as possible. That’s my happy place.
Any other interesting hobbies?
I coach junior rugby union, I’m ornithological and love to lose myself in landscape photography.
Share an interesting fact about you that not many people know
I ran the London marathon barefoot and have endured an ‘ultra-marathon’ (a footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195km) in the Himalayas.
What’s your favourite place to eat out – that we should really try!
I love all food genres. However, my ultimate favourite would be anywhere specialising in Persian or North African cuisine… the flavours! Restaurant wise, Los Moros in York is authentic, utterly delicious and a must for anyone visiting the area.
Any what would be your kryptonite?
Gardening, oh and cheesecake.