Knight was founded by Adam Zoldan and Paul Billingham in December 2008 with the specific aim of advising businesses and entrepreneurs in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sector. Both founders have spent long periods of their careers in senior commercial and operational roles in the sector and therefore have a unique level of experience for a corporate finance business.
Since Knight CF formed in December 2008 it has completed over 60 transactions, worked on an on-going basis with several retained clients, and undertaken a number of strategic reviews and projects.
Paul Billingham was formerly Commercial Director of Opal Telecom Limited, the B2B fixed line operation of the Carphone Warehouse Group plc, where his role encompassed M&A and Commercial Finance. With over 20 years experience in the TMT sector Paul has worked for a number of channel focused, high growth and market leading companies that have realised £millions in value to shareholders. During this time, Paul completed 15 company acquisitions and also took Non-Executive Directorships in smaller TMT businesses.
Adam Zoldan has 20 years experience in the telecoms and technology sector. He was formerly a shareholder and Managing Director of V Networks Limited which was acquired by Opal Telecom in September 2008. Prior to this he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance as lead advisor for telecommunication transactions. During this time he sold companies including Via.Networks, PSInet Europe, Tele2 and Cable Telecom and advised some of the UK’s leading carriers including Thus, NTL, and Orange.
Laura Cockburn brings a wealth of experience from the private equity and banking sector having nine years principal equity investment experience across a range of sectors and deal size. After setting up her own consultancy company specialising in providing strategic, corporate finance and corporate governance advice she joined Knight in 2014. She has experience of working with numerous company Boards and very much enjoys working with management teams to achieve company and shareholder goals. Laura will bring valuable experience in fund raising for our clients and is a CFA charter holder.
Jemma Price is a qualified chartered accountant with 5 years of corporate finance bringing experience in working with private equity investors, financial strategy and analysis and complex funding instruments. After training and qualifying as an accountant at Deloitte where she worked across a variety of industries, Jemma joined HCP Social Infrastructure where she was responsible for ensuring her private equity clients achieved equity returns on assets valued in excess of £400m.
Tom Jones qualified as a chartered accountant in 2013, working on a number of private equity and debt funded business across a variety of industries. He previously worked in Transaction Services for Grant Thornton, providing financial due diligence, fundraising support and commercial advice for clients and working on a range of corporate, private equity and public transactions. Tom is also a keen runner and Guinness World Record holder.
Sam Davies has worked in the corporate finance and investment sector since 2010 as both an advisor for Clearwater, an investor for the Business Growth Fund. Prior to joining Knight Sam worked in an operational role for CorpAcq. Sam has completed deals across a range of TMT sectors but has a passion for the creative industries, media, software and technology enabled consumer businesses. When not doing deals he loves to go out rock climbing and mountain biking.