Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs are the joint bookrunners and sponsors of Punch Tavern&rsquo;s fundraising, which is subject to approval at the company&rsquo;s annual meeting in July.<br />
<div>Merrill Lynch&rsquo;s head of UK corporate and investment banking Simon Mackenzie-Smith is the client relationship manager for Punch Taverns. He represents a team that is lead by Merrill&rsquo;s managing director of corporate broking Andrew Osborne and its president of international equity capital markets (ECM) for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.<br />&nbsp;</div>
<div>Mackenzie-Smith has been with Merrill since 1996, when he joined as managing director of investment banking. He is credited with being instrumental in establishing the bank&rsquo;s UK franchise, and has been involved in a wide range of mergers and acquisitions and restructurings &ndash; including Punch&rsquo;s acquisition of managed pubs operation Spirit in 2006.<br />&nbsp;</div>
<div>Hume-Kendall has been at the group for a decade and worked in the equities, corporate broking and capital markets and financing teams.<br />&nbsp;</div>
<div>Welshman Osborne, who also has a long history in the City, is known as much for his passion for rugby as he is for his good advice. One industry insider described Osborne as the &ldquo;personification of relationship broking&rdquo;.</div>