About us

About Us


Founded in 1994 by Paul Downes and David Simonson, Merlin is committed to assisting clients in growing and protecting their shareholder and corporate brand values with a focus on financial media and capital markets. The consulting team exceeds expectations through the provision of best advice and excellence of implementation, in a changing global media landscape.


Our advisory team combines individuals with deep professional experience of investment banking, law, accountancy, print journalism, broadcast media as well as from financial public relations backgrounds. This depth of experience allows us to provide informed, incisive, and effective advice and counsel to global business leaders supporting business objectives. Areas include financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, fundraisings, corporate governance, crisis management, litigation, disputes, restructurings, employment, social responsibility positioning and strategic issues in the global capital markets.


Merlin’s accumulated advisory experience exceeds some $200 billion worth of M&A and 30 Initial Public Offerings across a wide range of financial markets and jurisdictions, including several of the world’s largest IPOs and corporate fund raisings of recent years, including the London Stock Exchange IPO of Evraz Group (Russia’s largest steel and mining group) and the NYSE IPO of MF Global, which was successfully demerged from Man Group in 2007, Euronext, NASDAQ, Deutsche Boerse and Russia’s MICEX, Global corporations include FTSE 100, FTSE 250, MDAX and CAC40 companies, through to fast-growth small and mid-cap businesses and investment funds.