Joe Stelzer

Managing Partner

Joe Stelzer

On graduating from University College London with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Computer Science, Joe began his career by starting a software republishing firm before merging this business with his family engineering firm where, as Chief Executive, he used this foundation to build a broad based Industrial Technology group comprising Software distribution, Nanotechnology, Defence & Aerospace, Lighting Controls and Energy management businesses. The group was floated in 2004 on AIM as Polaron plc.

In late 2006, Joe appointed Cavendish to sell Polaron and the company was sold in early 2007 to Cooper Industries, a Fortune 500 US Industrials group. He became global head of Cooper Controls and was a founder member of Cooper’s businesswide Technology Council.

Joe joined Cavendish in 2010 as a Partner and whilst he specialises in the Technology, Software and Industrial sectors, he has also been involved in transactions in Chemicals, Aviation, Healthcare and Financial Services sectors.

He offers a unique insight into the Cavendish business sale process having worked as both client and advisor. He was appointed Managing Partner in 2013.

Cavendish introduced us to GE and managed the negotiation and coordinated the transaction due diligence. Their involvement was instrumental to the deal being successful.

Zvi Schreiber, CEO of Lightech

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What our clients say

  • ‘The Cavendish team were of great assistance throughout the sale process and in particular finding us the most fitting acquirer, helped by their strong networks in healthcare and their...

    Richard Benholt | Managing Director of Periproducts
  • Over the years we have had numerous suitors, but the wise guidance of Jonathan and Howard at Cavendish, surely the most astute of advisors for the selling of luxury businesses, has always been there...

    Anthony Spitz | Chairman of New & Lingwood
  • “It was a pleasure to work with the Cavendish team, led by Linda Sullivan. As well as displaying a deep understanding of our sector, they also made every effort to get under the skin of our...

    Mark Collier | Non-Executive Chairman of Dare
  • “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Cavendish team. Caroline, Andrew and Eimear offered us unstinting support and valuable advice throughout the transaction. They were instrumental in...

    Mark Rijkse | Shareholder and director of SMA
  • At this critical stage in the business it has been important that we make all of the right decisions along the way and appointing Cavendish was one of these key decisions. We have worked with very...

    Julian Shovlin | Founder and CEO of iSmash
  • “We made absolutely the right choice in appointing Cavendish. Michael Jewell and the team were instrumental in getting us the deal we wanted. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to...

    Titus Sharpe | CEO of MVF
  • ”Linda Sullivan, James Ellis and the Cavendish team were excellent throughout the process and achieved a very positive result for the management and shareholders. I highly recommend them. Rex has...

    Larry Lawson | Managing Director of Rex Features
  • “Cavendish demonstrated a very good knowledge of luxury brands which, along with their private equity expertise, enabled them to find the perfect partner for Scott Dunn. The proof is in the...

    Andrew Dunn | Founder & President of Scott Dunn
  • “The Cavendish team, led by Joe Stelzer, has provided invaluable advice in preparing our business for a sale process and assessing our options. This deal will give us more firepower and enable us...

    Duncan Kreeger | One of the Founders of West One

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