Henry Cunningham

Private Equity Investment Professional

London, United Kingdom


I am a private equity investment professional currently travelling the world with friends on sabbatical. During my travels I am open to project-based work in any location. I have 6 years of experience as both a deal team investor at Bain Capital Private Equity, and an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Based on my experience I could be most helpful working on: (i) commercial or financial diligence (e.g., for PE investment committees), (ii) valuation and comps, (iii) targeted portfolio company improvement (e.g., major contract negotiation), (iv) corporate strategy, or (v) providing training across any of these topics. I am splitting my time primarily between London, Paris, and Sydney, but am open to travel. I have unrestricted in-person work rights in the United Kingdom.

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 6 years

Seniority Level: Manager

Sector Experience: 

Food and Staples Retailing Gas Utilities Oil, Gas and Consumable Fuels Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life Sciences Retailing Software and Services Telecommunication Services


Skilled in: Corporate Strategy

Technical Skills: Microsoft Excel, Capital IQ

Languages: English

Work Experience

Bain Capital Private Equity

Private Equity Associate



- 01/08/2022

-- Supporting diligences as a member of the Asia deal team, including contributing to the successful acquisition of Virgin Australia (Australia’s second largest airline) out of the largest bankruptcy process in Australian history (A$7B owed to 10k+ creditors) -- Produced 30+ acquisition target first looks, in addition to developing commercial/legal/financial/management diligence on targets which progressed through our Investment Committee -- Led commercial interventions in our portfolio companies. For example at Virgin Australia, redeveloped the customer offer (including direct supplier negotiation for inflight Wi-Fi hardware), optimized route fare bucket pricing, and re-negotiated multiple monopoly airport supply contracts worth A$70M+ p.a. -- Managed debt and financial terms, including negotiation of LBO debt packages with investment banks for NBIOs and binding bids, as well as orchestration of a over-levered debt restructure

McKinsey & Company

Engagement Manager



- 01/08/2020

-- Served clients in 11 industries across 6 countries as a generalist consultant. Focused on corporate strategy (leading to a career in PE), and on operations. Entered as a Business Analyst, and was promoted twice, stepping away as a manager to develop a career in investing -- Led a team of 40+ clients to optimize pricing on all products across a New Zealand general merchandise retailer (>50k unique items) in under three months, resulting in a year-on-year profit improvement of approximately 5% -- Led a team of five consultants to develop the five-year strategy and capital allocation plan for a listed global retail travel company, eventually leading to a A$700M equity raise through Covid-19 -- Developed a power grid strategy for Papua New Guinea, nation with <20% of its population connected to electricity. Developed a novel cost forecast model for renewables, and was lead contact for the CEO of the nation’s utility company -- Served hard- and soft-rock miners in Australia, the US, Canada, and South Africa on equipment maintenance, rehabilitation planning, and underground operations


University of Queensland

Civil Engineering



- 01/12/2015

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