Eamonn Hayes

Managing Director


A founding partner of Capnua, Eamonn specialises in Corporate Finance advisory for mid-market companies across a range of sectors, including technology/technology enabled services, education, healthcare, contracting and distribution.

Eamonn has 20 years of experience in mergers & acquisitions, debt & equity capital advisory and restructuring. 

Operating both buy-side and sell-side, Eamonn has led many major transactions, including the sale of iCabbi to RBI Banque (a division of Renault), the sale of Digital Marketing Institute to Spectrum Equity, the sale of Fitzpatrick Lifestyle Hotels to MHL Hotel Collection and the acquisition of Sisk Healthcare Group by Uniphar plc.  He has worked on some of the higher profile MBOs in Ireland, including Mercury Engineering and Ardmac. 

Since the establishment of Capnua, Eamonn has led in excess of €1.5 billion of bank financings ranging in size between €10m and €250m and has deep relationships in the Irish and International debt markets for debt funding for private companies.   Eamonn has acted on financings ranging from sourcing debt to assist in the funding of acquisitions and MBO’s through to securing growth funding to assist in the scaling of high-growth businesses.

Eamonn was part of the founder team that developed the concept for Activate Capital (a direct lending fund for residential development) and led the €500m fundraising for the establishment of Activate Capital.  Eamonn was also part of founder team for Flyefit (a premium low-cost gym chain).

Eamonn has a genuine interest in working with entrepreneurial clients.  He believes that the best deals are done when the advisor takes the time to fully understand the client’s business and uses this knowledge to provide a bespoke advisory service that centres around the client’s exact requirements.  

Eamonn sits on the Board and Investment Committee of Activate Capital and is Capnua’s representative in the AICA network of global corporate finance leaders.