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Damian Thornton

Managing Director, Consumer
Investment Banking
Damian Thornton is a managing director in the European consumer food & beverage team. Previously, Thornton joined Stamford Partners at the beginning of 2008, having spent over 18 years at Bankers Trust and then Deutsche Bank, where he was head of European consumer mergers and acquisitions and ran Deutsche Bank’s London consumer, real estate, leisure and healthcare corporate advisory groups.

During an investment banking career spanning over 30 years, he has advised on a wide variety of M&A deals, public and private, hostile and friendly, large and mid-market, across Europe, including some of the more important European food & drink deals of recent decades. Major corporate clients have included the likes of Unilever, Barilla, Kerry Group, Premier Foods, Greencore and Danisco; he has advised a number of leading private equity firms on assets such as Galbani, United Biscuits, and Findus; and helped great fast-growing brands, such as Ella’s Kitchen and Nakd/Trek, find the right strategic home.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a graduate in Classics from Trinity College, Cambridge University.