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Declan FeeneyPrivate Equity Advisor

Declan joined Efficio in 2012, after 13 years in private equity at Permira and Fondinvest. He manages the firm’s Private Equity sector, and is responsible for ensuring Efficio provides the right team and delivers the best results in direct and indirect spend, capital expenditure or working capital savings programmes.

Main areas of practice

Declan specialises in issues around Private Equity value creation programmes and post-merger integration, providing support to Private Equity group operating partners or deal teams during the opportunity assessment and implementation phases of Efficio’s projects.

He has worked primarily with companies in the industrial, business services, telecom and software sectors.


Declan received a first class honours degree from UCG in 1991, an MBS (honours) from UCD in 1992 and an MBA from INSEAD with distinction in 2000.

Before joining Efficio in 2012, he spent 13 years working in the Private Equity industry at Permira and Fondinvest and three years in investment banking with Morgan Stanley in the UK and Hong Kong.

Declan is fluent in English, French and Irish, and has basic Spanish.


Declan primarily works with global, pan-European and local Private Equity groups.

Significant experience

Declan has supported more than 15 Private Equity clients through their successful relationships with Efficio. Prior to joining the firm, Declan was involved in a large number of Private Equity and public market transactions, most notably:

  • Business services sector: Completed multiple projects for a business travel group including an IPO of the company, acquisition of a competitor, sale of a non-core outsourced services group
  • Engineering and Technology/Software sectors: Conducted the successful sale process of several companies to trade buyers in the US and Europe
  • Telecoms operator: Served as adviser to an Asian government on privatisation and flotation of the national carrier

Other expertise

In addition to his Private Equity experience, Declan has worked on a number of public and private company post-merger procurement synergy transactions.

Case study
How Efficio helped refocus MEC3’s procurement

Efficio was tasked with helping MEC3 refocus their procurement strategy, a partnership that proved a great success.

How to increase value through procurement

For a savings plan to work effectively, there are five points to consider.

Are my procurement savings hitting the bottom line?

Procurement technology can now record and track cost reductions for Private Equity owners and their portfolios.

Will private equity portfolio procurement catch on in Europe?

How can Europe’s private equity houses replicate the same level of success as US models of portfolio procurement?

Case study
Portfolio procurement the Nordic Capital way

How private equity firm Nordic Capital makes procurement savings of around €10m a year across its portfolio.

Five procurement questions every private equity firm should ask

Efficio’s detailed spend analysis at a services group in 2015 helped identify savings that have since generated €250m in equity value for two private equity clients

Three procurement levers of private equity portfolio company growth

Leading private equity houses are generating value in their portfolio companies through procurement improvements despite a low growth economy and highly competitive deal market.

Procurement: Five things PE firms should consider

Private Equity groups need to consider five things when addressing procurement: financials, organisation, cost reduction, approach and tools.

Why procurement should be re-examined after M&A

After Atento was acquired by Bain Capital it worked with Efficio to manage the transition and tackle inefficiencies.