Mike Powell is the Managing Partner of WCP UK LLP, focusing on the TMT and advanced materials sectors. He has advised multiple companies on M&A , financing, corporate strategy and tactics. Extremely well connected internationally in, Europe, the North Americas and China he has particular focus on photonics and efficiency technologies and brings 25 years of senior level experience, leading, advising, managing and negotiating corporate projects and transactions for both private and public companies.
He is the organizer of TM&A Europe , an annual exclusive conference of top corporate development executives and growth companies from the sector.
Prior to founding Woodside Capital Partners UK LLP, from a background in defense contracting with GEC Marconi, he founded, funded, grow and then sold three business; IOC international PLC, K2 Optronics Inc and Pelikon ltd.
He managed IOC as CEO from foundation to its subsequent float on the London AIM stock exchange in 1997, and in 2000 he subsequently sold it to NASDAQ quoted SDLI before moving to the SF Bay Area to found K2Optronics which was later sold to Emcore. In 2002 Mike returned to the UK and joined the founding team of Pelikon as CEO. In 2008 he sold Pelikon to NASDAQ listed MFLEX.
Mike has a degree in Physics from Imperial College and is a keen athlete, competing regularly in triathlons. He is also a level 2 qualified Triathlon coach.