Media & Entertainment Finance
Michael has joined Hatton & Berkeley to advance the companies media & entertainment finance capabilities, he has 20 years of media finance experience and is a great resource for both UK and international clients.
Michael has over 20 years of direct experience in the film and entertainment finance sector, where he firmly remains today, and, including this, 35 years in total of working in the financial services industry.
Having previously worked in mainstream project finance, it all began in 1995 when he applied for and obtained the position of Senior Manager of Entertainment Finance at Guinness Mahon, a small London-based merchant bank. This provided an excellent grounding in the sometimes arcane fundamentals of the business, but after three years he was then selected to be a key member of a team to establish an entertainment finance capability at the London office of global investment bank Société Générale, where he spent eight years successfully originating, negotiating and executing a wide range of both film and broader entertainment finance transactions, culminating in his appointment as a Director of the department.
From here, in 2006, he was asked to augment the relatively new film lending team at Allied Irish Banks by bringing both an in-depth knowledge of film project finance and wider experience of larger syndicated slate financings. He eventually became Joint Head of the Entertainment Finance team at AIB, and expanded the team’s business horizons by introducing the bank to the (even more arcane!) world of music publishing.
In 2009, after the global credit crunch, Michael was then invited to join Ingenious Media, the world’s foremost specialist media investment firm. As an Investment Director there he then went on to become a Fund Head and Managing Director of four funds with responsibility for structuring, fundraising, negotiating, deployment and investor reporting. He has financed hundreds of films as a result.
Having left Ingenious in October 2014, he is currently consulting on fund-raising and strategy for three London and LA-based media and entertainment companies.