Georgia Oak Partners Founder Named to 2018 Emerging Leaders by The M&A Advisor

Georgia Oak Partners is pleased to announce the selection of Founder and Managing Partner Michael Lonergan for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Awards, presented by The M&A Advisor.

The M&A Advisor is renowned globally as a leading source of insight for M&A, financing and turnaround professionals.

Lonergan was selected from a pool of prominent nominees for his notable accomplishments in business and in service to the community. Evaluation and selection of the nominees was completed by an independent judging panel.

“The Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards was born as the 40 Under 40 Awards in the United States in 2010 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young M&A, Financing and Turnaround professionals who had reached a significant level of success and made a notable contribution to their industry and community. With the expansion of the Emerging Leaders program to the United Kingdom, and Europe in 2016, the 2018 US award winners join a truly global network of outstanding young professionals,” said David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor.

Added Fergusson, “It is our belief that the Emerging Leader Award winners will continue to have a significant effect on the advancement of our industry.”

About Michael Lonergan

Michael Lonergan works with Georgia Oak’s partner companies to grow revenue, while also evaluating new investment opportunities. Michael’s Georgia roots helped shape Georgia Oak’s mission and commitment to promoting economic growth and sustainability throughout the state and the broader Southeast.

Prior to founding Georgia Oak, Michael was Vice President of Private Equity for Strategic Value Partners (SVP), a global hedge fund. Based in London, Michael led the diligence efforts on control buyout transactions and evaluated credit investments for SVP’s “loan to own” strategy.

Before joining SVP, Michael was with Sun European Partners in London and Sun Capital Partners in Boca Raton, Fla. Sun Capital is one of the world’s most active turnaround private equity investors. While at Sun Capital, he evaluated and facilitated control buyout investments.

Early in his career, Michael worked at the Atlanta offices of Houlihan Lokey and Wells Fargo’s asset-based lending group (legacy Wachovia Bank).

Michael is a proud Board member at Families First, a non-profit organization providing adoption and foster care support, family counseling, housing assistance and other empowering services to vulnerable families across metro Atlanta.

Michael received a B.B.A., cum laude, in Finance and Management from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. He is an active alumnus of the Beta-Lambda chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He enjoys working out, tennis, boxing, Georgia Bulldog football and weekend trips to his hometown of St. Simons Island.

Michael lives in Atlanta with his wife Jacqueline, their son Jordan and their dogs Lizzy and Murray. Jacqueline serves as Chief Operating Officer for Medic Mobile, a San Francisco-based non-profit that uses communication technologies to improve the health of under-served and disconnected communities.

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