Michael O’Donnell
Remote, London, SE England, East England

Portfolio Finance Director passionate about providing SMEs with bespoke financial support

For Michael, the key to successfully leading and managing Finance to build successful businesses is fourfold: go for growth, drive change, turn issues around, and focus relentlessly on the fundamentals – the order book, what the business owes, and cash-flow. But for all his more than 25 years’ experience as a successful, multi-sector Finance Director (FD), working with both SMEs and large corporates - and his background as a Chartered Accountant - Michael isn’t just “the numbers guy”. In fact, he’s a self-confessed “people person”, and prides himself on his ability to encourage and engage stakeholders at every level - from board room to shop floor - to rise to the challenges of change and turnaround, using transparent language they understand and value. Coupled with keen commercial acumen and a determination to roll up his sleeves and get hands-on whenever needed, these skills are behind Michael’s proven track-record of delivering significant operational growth in businesses across fintech, publishing, property development, and more.




“We were able to source an interim finance professional to undertake some due diligence for us on an investment opportunity, at reasonably short notice, on reasonable fees. Previously we would have just engaged a firm of accountants to do due diligence for us. However, working with EFM has enabled us to get a more in depth understanding of the financial position, and systems and processes, within the investee company, which we felt was a more helpful financial due diligence exercise. We have used EFM again since for other on-going projects”

Peter Kirtley, Investment Director, Beechbrook Capital LLP

Michael’s work in action

Management by Objectives and Flotation for a Publishing Company

A London and New York SME sized publisher was seeking funds for a MBO. One of the founding shareholders was to be bought out by the co-founding shareholders through two Jersey based trusts. A corollary to the above was a subsequent reversal into an AIM listed shell company. The shape of the transaction was such that the vendors’ sale price was determined over a three year period. The proceeds were determined by an equal mixture of cash, guaranteed bank loan notes and equity in the listed company. Nine vendors of differing participation’s were involved in this process. 

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