Meet the Team - Kate Baines - Larking Gowen Corporate Finance Manager
Monday, 12 June 2017
Get to know our team better! Every few months we will bring you a snapshot of one of our team members. This month we feature Corporate Transactions Manager, Kate Baines. Kate has over 11 years experience in the Mergers and Acquisitions industry, along with extensive marketing, business development and negotiation skills.
What do you enjoy most about your role at Larking Gowen?
The variety of the work, there are no two days the same in Corporate Finance, and you get to meet a lot of people from many walks of life. It’s a very challenging role that requires you to think on your feet. I have the opportunity to develop something from the ground up, and I thrive on the challenges and difficulties I face daily which make it so much more rewarding when you can see it start to come together.
What do you view as your cornerstone project in your career?
The cornerstone project for me was a significant transaction that was to be my first of many to Private Equity acquirers. It was a multi-million pound transaction in the care sector of a large multi-branch domiciliary care business based in Kent sold to Lyceum Capital under their Carewatch banner where I acted for the seller. This was the largest transaction I had handled at that point in my career, negotiating and project managing the deal through to completion. It was the first time in my career that I felt I was being taken seriously, and that I was respected for the knowledge I hold in that sector. Not long after that, I acted on the sale side of another large care agency transaction based in Leicester that was sold to Sovereign Capital. That one was a ‘mover & shaker’ deal of the year, which was the next significant moment in my career as an expert in the care sector.
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
I actually wanted to be a solicitor! I’m not quite sure what had inspired me to want to be a solicitor, but I do remember thinking I could make a difference in my ambition to change the world. I still think I can change the world, but maybe not on the same scale as my inner child thought she could 25 years ago.
Who do you admire and look up to and why?
My grandparents on my father’s side. They survived WW2, and as a young married couple, were put under enormous pressure due to the circumstances that literally cemented their love for each other. They spent five years apart keeping in touch with letters and postcards, while my grandfather fought in the war as a sergeant in the military police. When he came home, other than going to work, they never did anything without each other, and even after 60+ years together would still walk hand in hand down the street. That’s pretty amazing to me.
What advice would you give to anyone considering a career in Corporate Finance?
Be prepared for literally anything. It’s a great job for people with problem solving mind sets, and the ability to think outside of the box whilst in a demanding environment.