Shepard (“Colie”) Spink Jr. is a Managing Partner and Co-Head of A&M Capital Europe. He has over 17 years of experience in European private equity deal sourcing, transaction execution and portfolio company value creation.
Prior to joining AMCE, Mr. Spink was with Alvarez & Marsal (“A&M”) Europe since 2005 and led the firm’s European private equity advisory business for over a decade. In 2009, Mr. Spink launched A&M’s Private Equity Services (“PES”) business in Europe – a new, dedicated unit providing private equity investors with transaction support, operational improvement and interim management services. Under Mr. Spink’s leadership, PES has become one of the fastest growing and most profitable business within A&M Europe. Mr. Spink has led over 40 different transactions or performance improvement cases for private equity investors across Europe. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Spink served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer of Galvex (an A&M client), Europe’s largest independent steel galvanizing business which had been acquired by Silverpoint Capital Partners. Mr. Spink and the A&M team led a comprehensive operational and financial restructuring of the business, creating more than €20 million incremental EBITDA, and helped Silverpoint successfully sell the company to ArcelorMittal.
From 2000 until 2005, Mr. Spink worked with BA Capital Partners Europe, the private equity arm of Bank of America, initially as founding CEO of one of their portfolio companies, and subsequently as an operating and origination partner for the fund. Mr. Spink moved to London from Prague in 1995 to join Bank of America, where he served as Managing Director and head of Investment Banking for European Emerging Markets. Prior to Bank of America, Mr. Spink served in various management positions with Macy’s in New York, as well as in various entrepreneurial engagements in Central & Eastern Europe.
Mr. Spink earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Spink is a U.S. citizen and has resided in the UK for over 22 years. Mr. Spink serves as a Trustee of the Cartoon Museum, and as founding co-Chair of merit based Jefferson Scholarship program (UK region) for the University of Virginia.