Don Manifold is the founder of Don Manifold Advisory Partners and Managing Director at Equity & Advisory, he has overseen a number of high-profile sales in various industries. Don Manifold has more than 30 years of professional work experience, with 25 of those years spent in corporate finance. He has personally advised clients on more than 60 complex corporate finance deals with a combined value of over $3 billion.
Manifold has also produced independent expert reports and valuations with a combined value of more than $25 billion. He has worked with clients in a wide range of industries besides financial services, including agriculture and technology, food, and professional services.
Don Manifold was born and raised in Mount Gambier, a small city in South Australia. He began his first professional position in Adelaide and has also worked in the cities of London, Melbourne, and Sydney and the countries of Australia, Croatia, and England.
Don Manifold earned a Bachelor of Economics from Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1991. He returned to school a dozen years later to earn a Master of Business Education (MBA) from the Australian Graduate School of Management located in Sydney. Manifold is currently a Fellow with the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
The first professional position Don Manifold held was as a partner at KPMG. He remained with the company from 2006 to 2012 before moving to Ernst & Young in Adelaide. He served as the Office Managing Partner for the South Australia and Northern Territory of Ernst & Young from 2012 to 2018. He then left to launch his own business, Don Manifold Advisory Partners.
Don Manifold and his staff have assisted clients with numerous types of mergers, including congeneric, conglomerates, horizontal, market, and vertical. He takes a multi-step approach to client mergers that covers everything from the initial valuation to post-merger issues.
Clients involved in an acquisition have the assurance of knowing that Don Manifold and his staff have extensive knowledge of Australian regulations that all parties must follow. As with mergers, Don and his team aid clients throughout the entire process of acquisitions, starting with developing a strategy and continuing to offer support once the deal is complete.
Don Manifold Advisory Partners offers a range of core divestment services to assist clients with maximizing the value of their business. Some typical examples of how he and his staff help clients include selling underperforming portions of a business, liquidating assets to increase the company’s real-time value, and business carve-outs. He and his team assist clients from the initial business assessment through capacity evaluation, program planning and execution, and providing post-divestment services.