Bernie Murphy has more than 28 years of financial and operational experience, including executive management positions with several technology companies and an international accounting firm.
Mr. Murphy has been with Sherwood Partners, Inc. for more than 14 years where he is primarily focused on developing relationships in the venture, lending and legal communities and assisting challenged companies through their lifecycle. He has worked with hundreds of companies that are struggling, in transition or distressed due to transactions, market conditions, or growth toward the next stage of development. He has led the restructuring of corporate obligations on many projects and has managed more than 150 sale transactions for distressed companies, including their intellectual property. Mr. Murphy has extensive experience with venture backed technology companies and has been involved in over 200 corporate wind-downs, including assignments for the benefit of the creditors for which he is recognized as one of the industry’s leading experts.
Prior to Sherwood Partners, Inc., Mr. Murphy was the Chief Financial Officer of an Internet based corporate training company, where he managed all corporate functions, including finance, human resources, legal and administration. Prior to that, he held senior finance positions with public and private companies and lead the equity and debt financings of more than $290 million, including the initial public offering of a software company. Mr. Murphy was also responsible for all accounting and finance activities of a $200 million public company, including the merger and acquisition of more than 20 companies, closure of non performing operations and the spin-off of a division.
Mr. Murphy was also a manager in the business advisory practice of one of the largest international accounting firms, primarily working with technology, distribution and manufacturing companies. He managed engagements for private and public companies, including several initial public offerings.
Mr. Murphy is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and is a Certified Public Accountant.