vcardDarren Kearney

Managing Director
One New Bailey
4 Stanley Street
Manchester M3 5JL

Mr. Kearney was born and raised in Lanarkshire. At the age of 14, he left his hometown to follow his first passion of becoming a professional footballer before deciding to finish his studies in Perthshire. He then took on the role of associate sales manager at a global bank to learn the business of mergers and acquisitions. Darren strives to provide our clients with knowledge, experience, confidence, comfort and trust around all that is involved in their exit journey. From the initial meeting through to engagement within the process, he offers key insights into the movements of the global M&A landscape. He educates clients on potential buyers, how these prospects will view their targets, valuation techniques to maximise the value of their company, and the entire due diligence process to the close of a transaction.


Having witnessed the demise of quality within the brokerage model, Darren strongly believes that the Benchmark International approach remains a truly client-focused exit strategy specialism that offers more than just assisting business owners in the planning stages of their exit and growth strategies. We care for our clients’ desires, their company and their overall exit journey and we have the necessary global reach and resources to provide an unrivalled service compared with others in this field.




Mr. Kearney applies his 16+ years of experience in asset acquisitions/disposals, joint ventures, equity investments and consolidations to his position. Both before and during his time at Benchmark, he has worked with a wide range of clients including private companies, partnerships, owner-managed companies, entrepreneurs, and investors. He works to understand their true objectives and advises in all areas of their exit strategies from the initial consultation through to successful completion.


Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategy, Business Planning, Entrepreneurship, Management, Valuation, Investments, Corporate Finance