Dean Street Advisers was founded in 2012 by Mervyn Metcalf and Graeme Atkinson, two seasoned and experienced investment bankers, with a background in large investment banks including Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank.
The ethos of the firm is to provide independent and clear advice, coupled with a creative approach to transactions, both M&A and financing, to deliver successful results for our clients.
The wider team has worked together with the founders for a number of years creating a culture of trust, reliability and delivery.
Graeme started his career as a corporate lawyer in Scotland in 1992, before joining Deutsche Morgan Grenfell in 1996.
Graeme has c18 years experience as an investment banker and has completed numerous private and public UK transactions. Graeme also has five years experience as a solicitor practicing corporate law, and as the COO of the corporate and commercial practice of a large US law firm.
While at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Graeme worked in the M&A teams in London and New York, before moving to Merrill Lynch in 2000. At Merrill Lynch, Graeme latterly worked in the Financial Sponsors Group with coverage responsibility for certain key financial sponsor relationships. He joined Global Leisure Partners in July 2009 as a senior M&A banker and also the firm’s General Counsel. At GLP Graeme acted on the sale of Liberty plc, the sale of GMG Regional Media and BC Partners’ acquisition of phones4u. In 2011, he was the senior execution banker on the hotly contested and very public acquisition of the Tote by Betfred.
In 2012, Graeme co-founded Dean Street Advisers. Graeme is actively involved in every Dean Street mandate.
Graeme was born in Dunfermline, Scotland and has an LLB (Hons.) from the University of Aberdeen.
Mervyn began his career in the City of London in 1994. Since then he has completed over c100 transactions in all fields of investment banking advisory (M&A, equity and debt) across the wider consumer space of retail, media, leisure, online and business services.
Mervyn commenced his career at BZW and subsequently joined Merrill Lynch in 1998, where he spent almost 11 years, leaving as a Managing Director. While at Merrill Lynch, he originated and executed a large number of transactions, including the sale of lastminute.com, the acquisition of HIT Entertainment by Apax Partners and the partial sale of Trader Media Group for Guardian Media Group. In late 2008 Mervyn joined Global Leisure Partners as head of the London office, where he completed 10 transactions ranging in size from c£50m to £900m, despite very challenging market conditions. These transactions included CVC’s partial acquisition of Virgin Active, BC Partners’ acquisition of phones4u, Betfred’s acquisition of the Tote, the sale of Liberty plc and the Stonegate acquisition of over 300 pubs from M&B.
In 2012, Mervyn co-founded Dean Street Advisers. With a real passion for the advisory business, he cares about creating real and propriety situations for his client base of corporates and private equity alike, as well as providing clear and independent advice. Mervyn is actively involved in every Dean Street mandate.
Mervyn was born in 1972 in Zimbabwe and moved to the UK in 1979. As an alumnus of London School of Economics Mervyn has both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Economics.
Mervyn’s ability to spot potential translates to his private interests; he is an avid collector of contemporary art, particularly younger British and American artists, with a particular focus on strong visual imagery.
Mervyn’s wider interest in the arts extends to his role on the Development Board of Shakespeare’s Globe.