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John St. John

John St. John

Founder, Chairman & CEO

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John St. John

John St. John

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Years of experience: 32

John has been a driving force in international Equity Capital Markets, having headed teams at US, European and Asian banks and having pioneered new techniques to empower issuers and improve offering results.

John has worked in capital markets for 37 years. He was Chairman of ECM at Nomura, Global Head of ECM at Dresdner Kleinwort and Commerzbank, Co-Global Head at Lehman Brothers, European Head at Citibank/Salomon and Director of ECM at Kleinwort Benson. In addition, he was CEO of EO plc, which pioneered multi-jurisdictional distribution of IPOs to retail investors via the internet.

He founded STJ Advisors to provide issuers and selling shareholders with unconflicted, independent (from banks), highly specialised expert ECM advice, providing transparency and control not otherwise available to issuers. Amongst other innovations he has pioneered the rights issue auction process, the IPO auction process, investor mapping analysis objectively aggregating and analysing investor feedback, creating the first database of banks and investors across all major geographies and their participation in equity offerings.

John has provided independent equity capital markets advice on many of the largest IPOs in the EMEA region in the last 15 years, including France Telecom (€15bn), Pages Jaunes (€1.4bn), TDC (€1.8bn), NN Group (€1.8bn) and Acciona Energías Renovables (€1.5bn), He has also provided independent ECM advice in all major regions and markets (ex-Americas) including throughout EMEA, India, China, SE Asia, Japan and on all types of equity and equity-linked fund raisings including, Rights Issues, IPO’s, Accelerated Book Build (ABB) offerings, Block Trades, Convertible Bonds, Pre IPO private placements, Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC’s). 

He has held ECM/Advisory roles for privatisation projects in the UK, Austria, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Australia and India.

John is married with four children and was educated at Eton College and University College London.  He is a lifelong skier and sailor and has interests in opera, classical and rock music as well as diving, walking, tennis, wine, gardening and travel.  He lectured on Equity Capital Markets at Insead, he is a supporter of Street Child (formerly Build Africa), building schools in Africa.

Marcus Le Grice

Marcus Le Grice

Co-Chief Executive

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Marcus Le Grice

Marcus Le Grice

Co-Chief Executive

Years of experience: 30

Marcus is a seasoned practitioner that has advised on many key STJ offerings

His IPO experience is extensive across many jurisdictions and sectors, and at STJ includes the IPOs of Norva24, Cary Group, Islandsbanki, InPost, Nordnet, Helios Towers, Addiko Bank, ASA International, Delivery Hero, Arcus, Forterra, Countryside, Scandic, Gym Group, Bell System 24, Refresco Gerber, DFS, Technopro, Tsubaki Nakashima, XXL, Saga, Card Factory, Sanitec, Stock Spirits, Deutsche Annington/Vonovia, Matas, Belgian Post, Ziggo, Migros, TDC, Chr. Hansen and Brenntag. Many IPOs have involved dual-track processes; and Marcus has provided over-arching advice across the tracks particularly to ensure that the IPO track has provided competitive pressure even if the M&A bid has eventually been successful (e.g. for Modulaire, Envirotainer, Isaria, Solvtrans, I-Zettle, TMF, OFFICEFIRST and Virgin Active).

Post IPO, Marcus has completed over 35+ sell-down/capital increase placements for these STJ IPO companies and also in companies not originally advised by STJ (involving best-efforts, underwritten and auctioned structures). Many of these mandates have included significant work with the STJ Research Advisory Team.

He has also advised many corporates on their capital increases (again often linked to M&A) in pre-emptive rights issues, other accelerated placements and equity-linked offerings.

Before joining STJ, Marcus headed CEEMEA Global Finance and EMEA ECM at Nomura and prior to that had many years and a number of senior positions in Equity Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank (London and Hong Kong / Asia). His capital markets banking experience extended to successful mandates in the UK, across Europe and the Nordics, Asia and South Africa. He was lead adviser on over 50 transactions for global corporates and governments, including Norway (Statoil and Telenor), Finland (TeliaSonera), France (Total and Renault) and Germany (Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Post, which included the first pan-European retail offering and a Japanese POWL retail offering).  He has been involved in many first-of-a-kind landmark transactions, including leading the IPO for the mining company Xstrata (which pioneered the sole London listings of global natural resources companies) and for the South African Government on the IPO of Telkom South Africa (the first major privatization for the country).

Prior to his career in banking, Marcus was a Corporate and Commercial Lawyer for Freshfields after graduating from Cambridge University with an LLM.

Given his New Zealand heritage, Marcus is a rugby enthusiast, a keen skier and supporter of Team New Zealand (in whatever sport they are currently performing in) and Chelsea FC (even when they are not).

He is married with 3 children.

Simon North

Simon North

Co-Founder, Deputy Chairman

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Simon North

Simon North

Co-Founder, Deputy Chairman

Years of experience: 30

Simon is co-founder of STJ Advisors, a member of the Executive Committee and Chief Financial Officer

In addition to Simon’s role as CFO and Compliance Officer, he provides independent advice to clients on their equity capital markets activities in the UK, Europe and Asia.  Recent assignments include the IPOs of Refresco Gerber, Gym Group and Forterra, as well as follow-on offerings in Wizz Air, Bwin.Party amongst others.

Prior to co-founding STJ Advisors, Simon co-founded a $200m event driven hedge fund, where he ran the merger and risk arbitrage portfolios.  Simon has also built and managed emerging market equities businesses and European and emerging markets Equity Capital Markets and M&A businesses at investment banks including NatWest Securities, BT Alex. Brown, Lehman and Nomura.  He was CFO of Highview Power Storage, an energy storage start up.  He was also a member of the founding management team of EO plc, a pan-European platform for the distribution of new issues of securities to European retail investors, where he was the Chief Financial Officer and the board member responsible for international development, compliance and HR.

Simon has 30 years of capital markets related experience on both the buy and the sell side.  He started his career as a lawyer, qualifying as a solicitor with one of the leading law firms in the City before moving to start his career as a corporate financier at UBS Phillips & Drew.

Simon graduated from London School of Economics with an honours degree in Law.  His hobbies include skiing, cricket, rugby, theatre, wine and travel.   He is married with one son.

Anthony Bor

Anthony Bor

Deputy Chief Executive, Head of Strategic Research Advisory

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Anthony Bor

Anthony Bor

Deputy Chief Executive, Head of Strategic Research Advisory

Years of experience: 25

Anthony joined STJ in 2017 to lead the firm’s Strategic Research Advisory offering. He has more than 23 years’ experience in the public equity markets, and brings a deep understanding, and perspectives, from both the sell-side and the buy-side, to drive STJ’s initiatives for this business.

Anthony joined Merrill Lynch in 1994 and became a leading research analyst for the Transport and Infrastructure Sector – specialising in Aviation. He was #1 ranked on multiple occasions in UK, European and Global investor surveys. As a senior analyst he led the research effort in numerous IPO’s and capital raisings including for easyJet, Iberia, Cintra and Lufthansa. In 2006 Anthony moved to the buy-side as a Senior Portfolio Manager in Global Equities at Alliance Bernstein in London, for the Blend Equities strategy.

In 2010 Anthony emigrated to Cape Town (his home town) to Head Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Research product in South Africa, orchestrating a dramatic improvement in the firm’s Research ranking, and its standing with investor clients. He returned to London, and the EMEA Research Management team, heading the top-ranked Research team for EEMEA. Beyond Emerging Markets he had particular responsibilities for the relationship between Research and Investment Banking / Equity Capital Markets in the EMEA region, as regulatory disruptions were significantly shifting the “traditional” model for deal positioning and distribution. Prior to joining STJ, Anthony was a Senior Partner at h2glenfern in London.

Anthony has a MA (Hons) from St Andrew’s University, and a MSc from City University Business School. He is an avid African wildlife enthusiast, having worked in the conservation industry in South Africa, and is an active member and patron of conservation charities. He is a keen swimmer and runner.

David Jennison

David Jennison

Co-Founder, Vice Chairman

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David Jennison

David Jennison

Co-Founder, Vice Chairman

Years of experience: 31

Capital markets innovator who has led offerings for issuers in 30 countries and 18 industry sectors

David began his Equity Capital Markets career in 1983. Prior to co-founding STJ in 2008 he was head of CEMEA ECM at JP Morgan and before that held various ECM roles at Merrill Lynch including head of healthcare ECM and head of CEMEA ECM. He began his career with Lehman Brothers in New York before moving to London in 1988.

At STJ he has advised a range of sponsors including Apax, Apollo, Blackstone, General Atlantic, Hellman & Friedman, KKR, Lonestar, Mid Europa Partners, Pamplona, Permira, Towerbrook and York as well as corporate issuers such as ING and Deutsche Telekom. Transactions on which he has advised include: eDreams, Banco Popular 2012 Rights Issue, Indra Convertible (Spain), Scout 24 (Germany), NN sale by ING (Holland), Spie (France), TDC (Denmark), Volution, Global Ports (UK), TMD Friction Trade Sale (Germany), Balta (Belgium) and Waberer's (Hungary).

During his time focused on emerging markets at JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Lehman he advised on over $22 billion of issuance by sovereign and corporate issuers from 16 countries including: Rosneft (Russia), VakifBank, Tofas, Garanti Bank (Turkey), Matav, Gideon Richter (Hungary), Pliva (Croatia), Elektrim, TVN (Poland), Central European Media Enterprises (Czech), Solidere (Lebanon), EFG Hermes (Egypt), Banque Arabe Tunise (Tunisia), Pohang Iron & Steel (Korea), Energy Africa (South Africa), Reliance Industries (India), Teva (Israel), PT Kalbe Pharma (Indonesia) and Cresud (Argentina).

Healthcare and European clients include: Roche (Convertible), Sanofi and Serono (US listing), Telefonica, Jazztel, Cosmote, ST Microelectronics, Nestle, Societe Generale, Hellenic Republic, Hungarian State.

While at Lehman in New York he was involved in marketing a wide variety of retail oriented transactions through the 310 branch Shearson US domestic network.

David received a B.A. In European History from Hobart & William Smith Colleges. A native New Yorker, he is married to a Frenchwoman and has three children. In his spare time he can often be found in the mountains around Chamonix or practicing his jibe/serve. Before co-founding STJ he co-founded Ubuntu, a cola produced with Fair Trade sugar cane from Malawi.

Shayan Siddiqui

Shayan Siddiqui

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

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Shayan Siddiqui

Shayan Siddiqui

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Years of experience: 13

Shayan is the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Executive Committee at STJ Advisors. 

He is responsible for the financial and business management of STJ Advisors and implementation of company strategies and growth initiatives.

Recently, he was involved in the listing of SPEAR Investments on Euronext Amsterdam, a EUR 175 million SPAC sponsored and advised by STJ Advisors. 

Prior to STJ, Shayan worked as an Investment Professional at Knight Vinke Asset Management, an activist-fund investing in European large caps. He was involved in a number of strategic investments that included E.ON (Germany), UBS (Switzerland) and Darty (UK).

Shayan began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers working in the Assurance and Transaction Services divisions. He developed strong expertise in financial audits, buy side due diligence and strategic reviews across a range of sectors.

Shayan holds a BSC (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Shayan enjoys tutoring university students, cricket (weather-permitting) and travelling.

Frank E. Dangeard

Frank E. Dangeard

Advisory Board Member

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Frank E. Dangeard

Frank E. Dangeard

Advisory Board Member

Frank Dangeard serves on the boards of Arqiva Ltd (UK), the NatWest Group plc (ex-RBS Group-UK), IHS Towers (Cayman). He is Chairman of NatWest Markets plc (UK) and Chairman of NortonLifelock Inc (ex-Symantec-US). He is a non-voting board member or advisory board member of various listed and non-listed companies, principally in the telecom/technology, finance and energy sectors.

He is a “Director-in-Residence Honorary” at INSEAD and is also Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of Hawkamah, the corporate governance institute of the MENA region, based in Dubai.

Frank Dangeard has served, amongst others, on the boards of RPX (US); Crédit Agricole-CIB (France); EDF (Electricité de France); Orange, Equant and Wanadoo (France Telecom/Orange Group); Eutelsat (France); Hindustan Power (India); Home Credit (Czech Republic); SonaeCom (Portugal). He has been Chairman of Atari (France/US), Deputy Chairman and Acting Chairman of Telenor (Norway), and has chaired the Strategy Board of PwC (France).

Mr. Dangeard has been a member of the Advisory Boards of the Harvard Business School (US) and of Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (France). He has been a founding board member of Bruegel, the European think-tank.

From September 2004 to February 2008, he was Chairman & CEO of Thomson, a world leader in video technologies and services. From September 2002 to September 2004, he was Deputy CEO of France Telecom, an international telecom operator. He joined Thomson multimedia in 1997 as Deputy CEO and was appointed Vice Chairman in 2000. Prior to joining Thomson multimedia, from 1988 to 1997, Frank Dangeard was a Managing Director of the investment bank SG Warburg & Co. Ltd. in London, before being put in charge of the Spanish and French businesses, and was Chairman of SG Warburg France. From 1986 to 1988, he was with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, a US law firm, in New York and London.

Frank Dangeard, who is a French national, was born in Canada on February 25, 1958. He graduated from the École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Prix Jouy-Entreprise), the Paris Institut d’Études Politiques (Lauréat) and from the Harvard Law School (Fulbright Scholar, HLS Fellow). He and his wife live in London and have one grown-up daughter.

He received the French Ordre National du Mérite and the French Légion d’Honneur.

Rick Medlock

Rick Medlock

Advisory Board Member

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Rick Medlock

Rick Medlock

Advisory Board Member

Rick has been working in senior leadership and board roles in the Technology, Media and Telecoms sector for more than thirty years, specialising in fast-growing globally-focused internationally diverse technology companies, private equity-backed investments and publicly listed companies. He has extensive experience of transforming businesses while under private equity ownership and has overseen the successful IPOs of NDS Group on NASDAQ and Inmarsat and WorldPay in the UK.

Rick currently serves as Non-Executive Director on the boards of Smith & Nephew plc, Sophos plc and Datatec Ltd, having retired as CFO of Synamedia, the leading provider of video content solutions.

Previously, Rick was CFO at Worldpay until the completion of its merger with Vantiv in February 2018 prior to which, Rick was CFO of Misys until December 2013. Before joining Misys, Rick had spent nine years as CFO of Inmarsat plc and seven years as CFO and Company Secretary of NDS Group plc. He was also a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Edwards Vacuum (Edwards Group Ltd).

He spent the early part of his career in a variety of roles as CFO of a number of private equity backed technology companies including Creative Group Holdings and Technology Plc.

Rick is a qualified chartered accountant in the UK and has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Cambridge.

Melville Mummert

Melville Mummert

Advisory Board Member

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Melville Mummert

Melville Mummert

Advisory Board Member

Melville brings over 30 years’ experience in Corporate Finance having held executive responsibilities at Matuschka Group, ABN Amro Bank, Mummert & Company and Raymond James.

He has advised on over 200 successful corporate finance transactions including mergers, divestitures, acquisitions, joint ventures, financings and public takeovers.

Prior to this, he worked at IBM in systems engineering and sales management.

He was graduated cum laude in Engineering from Princeton University and holds an MBA from Harvard University.  

Rupert Hume-Kendall

Rupert Hume-Kendall

Advisory Board Member

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Rupert Hume-Kendall

Rupert Hume-Kendall

Advisory Board Member

Rupert serves on the Advisory Board of STJ Advisors. He was formerly an investment banker and Chairman of Global Corporate and Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch. He was also Director and Chairman of BAML International Limited. 

During his time leading Global Capital Markets at BAML revenues topped $4billion. He advised some of the largest UK corporates on capital raising including BT, Rio Tinto, Lloyds and National Grid, and worked on numerous UK privatisations including British Energy, Gencos, Natwest and Qinetiq. He also advised many European states on their privatisation strategies as well as the governments of Russia, Australia, China, Japan and Brasil. Over 100 of the transactions he led were award winners.

Rupert is the founder of Blue Port Holdings, an investment firm focused on equities and real estate.   

Maria Hedengren

Maria Hedengren

Advisory Board Member

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Maria Hedengren

Maria Hedengren

Advisory Board Member

Maria brings over 20 years of experience in global finance and business management.

Previously, Maria was the Group CEO of Readly, the European category leader for digital magazines, which she successfully scaled and led through an IPO on Nasdaq Stockholm in 2020.

Before Readly, Maria was the CFO of iZettle, leading Swedish financial technology company, which was acquired by PayPal in 2018.

Maria has also served as CFO and then later Director of the Non-Executive Board of the publicly listed NetEnt AB, a platform and games provider to some of the world’s largest casino and sports betting operators.

Takeo Kusunose

Takeo Kusunose

Advisory Board Member

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Takeo Kusunose

Takeo Kusunose

Advisory Board Member

Takeo serves on the Advisory Board of STJ Advisors. He was formerly a Director of Board and Chairman of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch Japan Securities. He started his career at Nomura Securities.

Takeo currently serves as Director of several companies related to wide range of industries such as AI, Restaurant chains and Health-tech.

Takeo has a MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Angelo Morganti

Angelo Morganti

Partner

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Angelo Morganti

Angelo Morganti

Partner

Years of experience: 20

Angelo has worked in investment banking for 20 years in London, Russia and Kazakhstan.

He joined STJ in 2015 and became a partner in 2016. At STJ Angelo worked on the IPO of Global Ports Holding and Waberer’s. Prior to join STJ Angelo was the Head of Investment Banking for Kazakhstan and Central Asia at Renaissance Capital in addition to CEO of the Almaty Office. He was also Managing Director of the M&A team of Sberbank CIB. Angelo started his career at Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup) in 1998 where we worked in the Telecom Media and Technology team and in the equity corporate finance team. At Citi Angelo worked on several landmark transactions such as the E 5.5 bn KPN equity and equity-linked offering, the Telecom Italia’s disposal of Seat, the Severstal GDRs offering, the Eircom IPO and the MPS rights issue.

Angelo graduated in Economics with honours at La Sapienza University in Rome. He also holds an MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business and an MSc in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics. Angelo in his free time he enjoys swimming and cycling.

Bruce Hilland

Bruce Hilland

Partner

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Bruce Hilland

Bruce Hilland

Partner

Years of experience: 32

Bruce is a seasoned international Equity Capital Markets practitioner, having worked on several hundred share offerings and privatisations since 1984

Bruce joined STJ in 2011 and became a partner in 2015. Mandates where he has been a senior member of the deal team include Royal Mail Group (pre-IPO market soundings; UK), Scout24 (€1bn IPO; Germany), NN Group (€1.8bn IPO; Netherlands), Forterra plc (£128m IPO, £39m follow-on and £206m follow-on, UK), OFFICEFIRST (dual track sale, Germany) and Balta Group NV (€204m IPO, Belgium). Bruce has been involved in many ground-breaking offerings, including the April 2017 Forterra follow-on for 52.7% of the company representing a record 337 days of exchange trading volume and the Sept. 2015 Scout24 IPO which secured the largest relative order by a tier one investor and required exercise of the “upsize” option, the first time such an option was used in Germany.

Bruce established the ECM business for TD Securities in Canada in 1993, and moved to London to establish the International business for TD with a focus on privatizations and global telecom offerings. This included two of the most successful foreign offerings ever completed in Canada, the Deutsche Telecom IPO and the Telecom Italia secondary offering. He then established the institutional ECM business in London for E*TRADE Securities, IL&FS Investment (India; acquired by HSBC) and Liquidnet (a leading dark pool trading venue).

Bruce holds a Masters of Business Administration (Honours) from the Rotman Business School, University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. He joined the UBC Sauder Faculty Advisory Board in 2010 and lectures at UBC to both undergraduate and graduate programs as an Adjunct Professor, Applied Financial Markets. He is married with three children and is a keen skier, having competed for Canada in downhill during the 1970s.

Ignacio de Potestad

Ignacio de Potestad

Partner, Head of Spain

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Ignacio de Potestad

Ignacio de Potestad

Partner, Head of Spain

Years of experience: 20

Ignacio is a seasoned Spanish equity capital markets professional.

His focus at STJ is mainly on Spain and Portugal where he has advised on the Acciona Energía, eDreams and Bankia IPOs, the Cellnex, Técnicas Reunidas and Banco Popular capital increases, the block trades undertaken by Rhône Capital on Fluidra and the convertible bond and concurrent repurchase by Indra Sistemas. Additionally, Ignacio, together with our SRA team, has advised a number of listed Spanish corporates including several Ibex 35 companies on strategic positioning, valuation and investor engagement in the capital markets arena.

Previously, Ignacio worked for 11 years at Dresdner Kleinwort doing origination for ECM, DCM and Equity Derivatives in the Financial Institutions Group for Spain and Portugal. Ignacio worked for all the main banks in Spain and Portugal with leading roles in senior funding secured and unsecured, hybrid capital and ABS transactions including Santander, BBVA, la Caixa, Caja Madrid, Banesto, Banco Popular, Banco Sabadell and Caixa Geral de Depositos among many others. Ignacio was also involved in private placements across different structures and currencies (including 3 AFLAC private placements). Ignacio also worked as global coordinator in equity and equity-linked transactions such as the €275m convertible bond by Jazztel or the Telecinco IPO.

Ignacio holds an MSc in Finance from the London School of Economics and a Business Administration degree from the Universidad de Navarra.

Jean Grall

Jean Grall

Partner, Head of France

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Jean Grall

Jean Grall

Partner, Head of France

Years of experience: 32

Jean has been a Partner of STJ Advisors since its creation

Jean is a US-educated & US-trained French investment banker who joined STJ Advisors as a Partner just after the Firm was founded. His main focus has been the development of STJ’s ECM advisory business in France.

While at STJ, he has been involved in a senior role in the execution of a number of ECM projects including Elis/Eurazeo (IPO EUR 854m); Spie/CD&R/ Ardian/CDPQ (IPO EUR 1,033m); eDreams-Odigeo /Permira/Ardian (IPO EUR411m); Bpost /CVC (IPO EUR 866m); Chr. Hansen/PAI Partners (IPO EUR 740m); Hochtief Concessions/Hochtief AG (IPO spinoff/withdrawn); Millennium BCP (Investor Engagement advisory). Jean is the principal STJ partner involved in the day to day running of the joint venture between STJ and Wagram Corporate Finance.

Prior to joining STJ, Jean was a career investment banker for 28 years, holding senior positions in corporate finance, ECM and DCM, first at Merrill Lynch where he worked for 8 years, and subsequently at Salomon Brothers Smith Barney (Citi) where he was a Managing Director for 16 years. He has managed the execution process of numerous equity transactions, privatizations and pure advisory assignments in jurisdictions as diverse as France, Benelux, Scandinavia, Greece and Morocco, in sectors ranging from telecoms to financial institutions, transportation and consumer products.

Jean holds an MBA from Stanford University, Ca. and is a graduate of Sciences-Po Paris. He is married and has two grown up children

Myra Bou Habib

Myra Bou Habib

Partner, Head of UK and Nordic

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Myra Bou Habib

Myra Bou Habib

Partner, Head of UK and Nordic

Years of experience: 15

Myra is a Partner in the team and head of the Benelux and Nordic regions. She has spent more than a decade at STJ Advisors, having been with the firm since inception. She has been intimately involved in the execution of the vast majority of STJ’s offerings and advisory mandates, and more specifically; Nordnet, Readly, Helios Towers, Addiko, Marel, ASA International, Munters, iZettle, TMF, Arcus, Scandic, Spie, Virgin Active, DFS, Card Factory, NN Group, Matas, MTU Aero Engines, Stock Spirits, Deutsche Annington (Vonovia), Belgian Post, Ziggo, TDC, Chr. Hansen and Brenntag.

Prior to joining STJ, Myra worked in a Private Equity/Mezzanine fund.

Myra graduated from the University of Oxford with a MSc in Financial Economics and from the American University of Beirut with a BA in Economics and Political Studies. She was born and raised in Lebanon and is fluent in French, English and Arabic.

Dr. Sven Rehfeld

Dr. Sven Rehfeld

Partner, Head of Germany, Austria & Switzerland

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Dr. Sven Rehfeld

Dr. Sven Rehfeld

Partner, Head of Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Sven is a Partner with focus on Equity Capital Markets advisory for the German-speaking countries.

Sven has extensive transaction experience across a variety of sectors and geographies having raised more than €80bn in numerous equity and equity-linked transactions for corporate clients, private equity firms and governmental institutions over the course of his career. Beside his strong expertise in IPOs, follow-on offerings and share placements, Sven has also advised various IPO candidates on their private funding activities prior to IPO.

Sven joined STJ Advisors from Citigroup, where he was a Director in the Equity Capital Markets team for Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as the Nordics. Prior to Citigroup, Sven spent the early years of his career at Credit Suisse First Boston and BNP Paribas.

Sven holds a master degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland and a doctoral degree in Accounting from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU Wien). His dissertation focused on corporate reporting.

Paul Sansome

Paul Sansome

Partner, Head of Private Placement

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Paul Sansome

Paul Sansome

Partner, Head of Private Placement

Paul is a Partner and Head of Private Placements at STJ.

Previously, Paul was a Partner and Head of Research, Private Placement and Business Development at Ferox Capital which he joined in 2001.

Paul was instrumental in increasing Ferox Capital's assets from USD 200m to a peak of USD 3 bn encompassing hedge and long-only strategies.

Prior to Ferox, Paul headed European Convertible Origination at JP Morgan and was Deputy Head of European Equity Capital Markets at UBS.

Paul holds a MA in Classics from Cambridge University.

Chris Wells

Chris Wells

Representative Director, Japan

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Chris Wells

Chris Wells

Representative Director, Japan

Years of experience: 35

Chris has established STJ Japan as the leading independent equity capital markets advisor in Japan.

In the last 4 years Chris has advised on TSE listings with a value of almost $7bn. Chris has advised on all the major international IPOs on behalf of international private equity houses on the TSE in that time, including acting for leading private equity companies such as Bain Capital, Carlyle and CVC. These included Skylark Restaurants, Japan's largest full service restaurant chain; TechnoPro the leading IT staffing company; BellSystem24 the messaging centre company jointly owned with Itochu, Tsubaki Nakashima the precision ball bearing maker and Arteria, Japan’s largest independent optical fibre network jointly owned by Marubeni.

Prior to returning to Japan in 2009, Chris’s IPO experience includes landmark deals such as British Telecom, Astra Zeneca, BSkyB, Alsthom and many others including listings in the US, Tokyo, London and Paris. Previously in Japan Chris has also run the equity research department for Barclays Securities in Tokyo and prior to that was rated as a top UK analyst in the Telecom sector by Institutional Investor.

STJ’s clients in Japan say STJ adds genuine value by bringing an international perspective, combined with a deep understanding of the Japanese market.

Paolo Garzarelli

Paolo Garzarelli

Partner

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Paolo Garzarelli

Paolo joined us as Senior Advisor to grow our business in Italy.

Paolo was Head of ECM Italy and Head of ECM International at UniCredit. He has several landmark transactions under his belt including the privatisations of Poste Italiane and ENAV as well as the IPOs of Nexi, Fineco and Anima.

Paolo holds a BSc in Economics with honours from Bocconi University in Milan and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.

Arie Kravtchin

Arie Kravtchin

Partner

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Arie Kravtchin

Arie Kravtchin

Partner

Arie focuses on Private Placement Advisory at STJ. 

He has more than 20 years of experience in M&A, capital markets, fundraising and venture capital investing. He has a successful track record in emerging and development markets raising financing in public and private capital markets transactions. He is the Managing Partner of Nine Capital Advisors which invests in early to late-stage technology companies. Previously, he has advised several companies such as Fintech Farm, MEL Science and The Credit Thing as well as served as UK CEO of GetTransfer.com which he helped scale to a £100m valuation.

Arie was Head of ECM, Technology and Consumer Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch. Prior to this, he was Head of ECM Origination at Renaissance Capital and worked in the ECM team of Deutsche Bank.

Marta Arteaga

Marta Arteaga

Managing Director

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Marta Arteaga

Marta is a Managing Director with extensive transaction experience in equity capital markets across various sectors, products, and geographies.

She joined STJ Advisors in July 2022 from J.P. Morgan, where she worked on numerous equity transactions in various capabilities including both execution and origination roles across EMEA for more than eight years.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Marta spent four years in the Leveraged Finance team at UBS based in London. Marta started her finance career in equity research and Iberian equity sales at UBS in Madrid.

Marta holds a BSc in Business Administration from Universidad de Navarra (Spain) having completed her Finance major in IESE Business School in Madrid, ESCP Europe in Paris and HKUST in Hong Kong.

Kenji Kawano

Kenji Kawano

Managing Director, Japan

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Kenji Kawano

Kenji Kawano

Managing Director, Japan

Kenji is a Managing Director in our Tokyo office. 

Kenji brings valuable ECM experience having worked in several investments banks including Mizuho, BAML, Barclays and Citi where he was co-Head of ECM. 

He has an excellent track record spanning various products and sectors in Japanese capital markets including IPOs of Daiichi-Life and Dentsu, primary offerings of Resona Bank and Sharp, secondary offerings of Yakult and Shinsei Bank as well as convertible bonds for Kansai Paint and Takashimaya.

Shingo Matsuda

Shingo Matsuda

Managing Director, Japan

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Shingo Matsuda

Managing Director, Japan

Years of experience: 12

Shingo started his career in investment banking at UBS Securities Japan in 2007; engaged both in origination/execution of Initial Public Offering, Follow-on equity financing and Convertible bond offering for Japanese blue-chip companies.

He moved to Citigroup in 2010 and was promoted to Vice President where built strong relationships with the managements in client firms and was responsible for pricing of Convertible bonds.

He has experience of elephant equity transactions in this 10+ years, including Japan Post HD, Seibu HD, Suntory Beverage & Food Limited's Global IPO, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group, Orix's Global follow-on offering and the Euroyen Convertible Bond offering by Kansai Paint.

Shingo holds a Bachelor of Economics from The University of Tokyo and is a Wine Expert certified by Japan Sommelier Association.

Ross Jobber

Ross Jobber

Managing Director, Strategic Research Advisory

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Ross Jobber

Managing Director, Strategic Research Advisory

Years of experience: 30+

Ross brings extensive research experience having spent over 30 years in public equity markets. He joined STJ in May 2023 after 11 years at Citi where he had held both regional management and analyst roles in European research, latterly running the Pan European mid cap team.

Ross was also COO and Executive board member of AIM-listed All Leisure Group (2009-2012) where his responsibilities included investor relations as well as a lead role in the acquisition of Hebridean Island Cruises.

Prior sell side research roles included a number of regional and global research managerial positions at Deutsche Bank (1998 - 2009) where he was also active in numerous European IT Services IPOs, as well as being a ranked analyst.

Six years in the UBS research team (1982-1998) involved generalist coverage as a member of the ranked UK mid cap team. Ross started his career in special situations research at O’Connor Securities.

Ross holds a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology from Kings College, London.

Paul Sidney

Paul Sidney

Managing Director, Strategic Research Advisory

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Paul Sidney

Paul Sidney

Managing Director, Strategic Research Advisory

Years of experience: 20

Paul joined STJ in 2021 as a senior member of the firm’s Strategic Research Advisory team. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the public equity markets, and brings a deep understanding of both equity market drivers and perspectives from the sell-side and the buy-side.

Paul joined Deloitte & Touche in 1995 and, post-ACA qualification, joined the Services Audit & Assurance division as a manager, spending the majority of his time as a member of a dedicated Vodafone M&A advisory team, including due diligence projects on the AirTouch and Mannesmann acquisitions.

Paul joined Credit Suisse in 2000 and became part of a successful European Mobile Telecoms Equity Research Team which was ranked #1 by Institutional Investor 5 years in a row over 2001-2005. Over the next 10 years Paul became lead analyst on 9 European Telecoms operators including BT Group and KPN while building a successful Global Satellite franchise which included coverage of leading UK satellite operator and corporate broking stock, Inmarsat.

From 2016 onwards Paul was instrumental in creating a successful Infrastructure (Fibre, 5G & Mobile Towers) sub-sector franchise contributing to regular differentiated reports, bespoke infrastructure valuation tools and the launch of a successful annual infrastructure conference in 2018.

Most recently Paul facilitated a 2020 reboot of the Global Telecom Research product through major contributions to two CS Global Telecom collaborations focused on "5G" and "Fibre Broadband" while launching coverage on the Nordic Telecom sector, covering a combined market cap of c.€150bn.

Paul holds a MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He is a keen chess player and cyclist.

Philip Middleton

Philip Middleton

Managing Director, Strategic Research Advisory

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Philip Middleton

Philip Middleton

Managing Director, Strategic Research Advisory

Years of experience: 30+

Philip joined STJ in 2023 as a Senior Advisor in the Strategic Research Advisory team, bringing over 30 years’ experience working at Bank of America in sell side research. 

 

He has been a member of the Institutional Investor European Research Hall of Fame since 2019.

Most recently, he was Head of European Speciality Financials research.  Coverage included market structure/exchanges, asset and wealth managers & investment companies.  He has published on fintech (including digital banks), crypto and central bank digital currencies.

 

Philip has participated in many of the key regulatory debates of the past couple of decades, including MiFID II, the Financial Transactions Tax and the post-financial crisis overhaul of wholesale markets.

Earlier in his career, he covered investment trusts at Kitcat and Aitken.

 

Philip has a BSc In Philosophy and Psychology from Bristol University.

Carole Rogers

Carole Rogers

Managing Director, Head of Legal and Compliance

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Carole Rogers

Carole Rogers

Managing Director, Head of Legal and Compliance

Years of experience: 24

Carole joined STJ in early 2013 where she is the Legal and Compliance director. She trained at Clifford Chance and worked in their Banking department for 7 years in both London and Paris, specialising in Leveraged finance and general banking and dealing with numerous cross border projects.  She then joined Barclays Bank PLC where she stayed for 10 years in the legal department in Business Banking and then Barclays Wealth gaining valuable in-house experience in legal and regulatory matters.

Carole is dual qualified in France (licence de droit) and England (LLB and LLM) and is a solicitor in England and Wales and was an avocat in the Paris bar. She has obtained the Diploma in Investment Compliance from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Carole is a French national and a pillar of the French expat community in England, being the President in Great Britain of the UFE (Union des Francais de L’etranger).  Carole is married with two daughters.

Maximilian Albert

Maximilian Albert

Vice President

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Maximilian Albert

Maximilian Albert

Vice President

Years of experience: 7

Maximilian joined STJ in March 2020 supporting the teams’ transaction execution and strategic research advisory work.

Prior to joining STJ, Maximilian was an Equity Research Associate at AllianceBernstein where he covered Airlines, Transport and Leisure companies. He has previously worked at Warburg Research, Commerzbank and KPMG.

Maximilian holds a MSc (distinction) in Accounting and Finance from London School of Economics and a BSc in International Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He is also in the process of completing the CFA qualification. During his free time Maximilian is a serious swimmer and enjoys playing tennis, travelling and scuba diving. 

David Eves

David Eves

Vice President

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David joined STJ in November 2022 supporting the teams’ transaction execution and strategic research advisory work.

Prior to joining STJ, David has worked across commodity and equity research. Most recently David worked as an Equity Research analyst at Berenberg on the Energy & Environment team, predominantly focused on the Integrated Oil & Gas coverage. His other roles include a Sector Specialist role on the European Natural Resources space within the HOLT team at Credit Suisse and a Commodity Research analyst role at Argus Media covering the Nitrogen Fertilizer markets.

David holds a BSc in Economics from University College London (UCL) and is in the process of completing the CFA qualification. During his free time he enjoys sports activities, particularly boxing and indoor climbing.

Phil Haywood

Phil Haywood

Vice President, Technology

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Phil Haywood

Phil Haywood

Vice President, Technology

Phil joined STJ in April 2024 as Vice President, Technology.

He is responsible for the technology architecture at STJ including its proprietary “Atlas” database which provides insights to issuers on investor and bank behaviour in ECM transactions and aids decisions during all key stages of a deal.

Prior to STJ, Phil was Business Intelligence lead at Dotdigital, responsible for designing and presiding over the data strategy. The role included creating and maintaining internal reporting and data architecture, providing analytical capabilities across Sales, Marketing, Finance and Leadership teams.

He has previously held various data and analytics roles at The Ingenious Group, London Fire Brigade, CIPFA and the Association of British Insurers.

Phil holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Bath. Phil is married and has a daughter, and enjoys football, cricket and running.

Yasutaka Kato

Yasutaka Kato

Associate

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Yasutaka Kato

Yasutaka Kato

Associate

Yasu joined STJ in June 2021 supporting the teams’ transaction execution work.

He holds a Master of Pharmaceutical Science (Bioinformatics and Chemical Genomics) from Kyoto University.

Felix Jones

Felix Jones

Associate

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Felix Jones

Felix Jones

Associate

Felix works in the Deal Execution team at STJ. 

He recently graduated from UCL where he studied History of Art. He previously interned at STJ in 2021

Tomas Killeen

Tomas Killeen

Associate

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Tomas Killeen

Tomas Killeen

Associate

Years of experience: 4

Tomás joined STJ in 2021 supporting the team’s ECM transaction execution and Strategic Research Advisory. Before joining STJ, Tomás worked at KBI Global Investors and Key Capital.

Tomás graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an undergraduate degree in Business and Economics having been awarded a sports scholarship in rugby during his time there. He also holds an MSc in Management from London Business School.

Rhea Alexander

Rhea Alexander

Analyst

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Rhea Alexander

Rhea works in the Deal Execution team at STJ. 

Prior to STJ, Rhea was working in the investment banking team of Gleacher Shacklock.

Previously, she interned at The Global Fund based in Geneva, JP Morgan and Perella Weinberg Partners. She holds a Masters in Mathematics from University College London.

Her personal interests include ballet, running, tennis and diving.

Hal Potter

Hal Potter

Analyst

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Hal joined STJ in March 2023 to focus on Strategic Research Advisory and support the team’s transaction execution work.

Prior to joining the firm, Hal worked at European Investment Bank Berenberg in the Equity Research department. Having completed the graduate scheme via rotations in ECM and Equity Sales, he joined the Banks & Diversified Financials Equity Research team, with coverage of European & US Banks, Exchanges & Asset Managers as well as Cryptocurrency.

Hal holds a 1st Class BSc in Economics and Finance from Exeter University and a Distinction in MSc Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School. He has also completed all three levels of the CFA qualification.

In his free time Hal enjoys playing tag rugby, winning the coveted “Most Improved Player of the Season” Award across the competitive Blackheath NCR league.

Noritaka Tsutsumi

Noritaka Tsutsumi

Analyst

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Noritaka Tsutsumi

Noritaka Tsutsumi

Analyst

Noritaka Joined STJ in August 2023 supporting the teams' transaction execution work.

Prior to joining STJ, Noritaka was a fund manager and attended the IPO roadshow in Daiwa Asset Management.

Noritaka holds a Bachelor of Political Science from Keio University

Paula Moreno

Paula Moreno

Finance Manager

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Rebecca Wilkins

Rebecca Wilkins

Executive Assistant

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Rebecca Wilkins

Rebecca is the Executive Assistant at STJ Advisors and joined in March 2023.

Rebecca is a seasoned PA/EA with eight years’ experience and has a creative side having a BA degree in Interior Design (Decoration).

Clive Anderson

Clive Anderson

Senior Advisor, Strategic Research Advisory

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Clive Anderson

Clive Anderson

Senior Advisor, Strategic Research Advisory

Years of experience: 30+

Clive started his career at P&O/Jardine Matheson. He entered the capital markets as a Transport and Infrastructure equity analyst, mostly with Smith New Court/Merrill Lynch where he led a global research team that achieved No. 1 rankings for over a decade. He moved to the buyside, as a partner at New Smith Capital, the $7.0bn hedge fund platform subsequently sold to Man Group.

More recently, he has been a Senior Partner at h2glenfern Limited, advising listed companies on shareholder engagement and private equity portfolio businesses on preparing for a transaction. He has also established U-Research, a technology platform that facilitates the provision of alternative data sources for research into the capital markets arena.

Clive graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in History. He is Chairman of the Oundle School Foundation and a trustee of the OO Benevolent Fund. Married with 3 grown-up children with a keen interest in rugby, cycling and black labradors.

Andrew Daniels

Andrew Daniels

Senior Advisor, Strategic Research Advisory

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Andrew Daniels

Andrew Daniels

Senior Advisor, Strategic Research Advisory

Years of experience: 15+

Andrew has conducted research across the entire spectrum of sectors and capitalisations from mega-cap to small-cap in the Japanese equity market, a breadth of expertise he is now keen to apply to SRA engagements in Japan.

He began his career at London brokerage Collins Stewart as a sales/analyst on Japanese equities, moving to Tokyo and later switching to a buy-side research analyst role with Indus Capital for 9 years. From there he founded a research consulting business to provide overseas investors with bespoke insight into Japan at the single-stock and thematic level.

Andrew holds a BA (Hons) in Japanese from the University of Oxford, and spent a year at Kanazawa University on a Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship. He has lived in Tokyo since 2006 and is fluent in Japanese. He is a keen runner and skier.

Mike Harris

Mike Harris

Senior Advisor, Strategic Research Advisory

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Mike Harris

Mike Harris

Senior Advisor, Strategic Research Advisory

Years of experience: 25

Mike, leveraging a highly successful 24 years as a sell-side analyst and research manager, is a driver of STJ’s Strategic Research Advisory business. Throughout his career Mike has been recognized in many industry surveys including 22 number one rankings in the prestigious Institutional Investor survey, more than any other EMEA research specialist in the history of the survey. In his 19 years at Bank America Merrill Lynch, he was a multi-industry and multi-country stock analyst, the head of EEMEA research, a member of the European Research Management Team, and the Head of EEMEA and Global Frontier Strategy.

Prior to joining STJ, Mike was Global Head of Research with Renaissance Capital, and he continues in his role as an adjunct professor of International Finance with Syracuse University’s London program. Mike has extensive media experience including as a repeat host of CNBC Europe squawk box. Mike has a wife of 24 years and two teenage boys. He enjoys markets, running and coaching baseball. 

Nishley Seegobin

Nishley Seegobin

Senior Advisor

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Nishley Seegobin

Nishley focuses on France and offering advice on equity-linked transactions to our clients.

Prior to joining STJ Nishley worked at Rothschild for 5 years, most recently as a Director. He was based in London but covered mostly France and Europe, across ECM Advisory and Investor Advisory. While at Rothschild, Nishley spearheaded the development of their ESG Advisory practice.

Before working at Rothschild Nishley spent eight years in ECM at Société Générale in Paris, across Origination, Equity Syndicate and Equity-Linked. He was in charge of originating Equity-Linked in Germany, Italy and France.

Nishley holds a BSC in Fundamental Physics from the Sorbonne University and a Masters in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris. He was born and raised in Mauritius.

John-Paul Warszewski

John-Paul Warszewski

Senior Advisor

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John-Paul Warszewski

John-Paul Warszewski

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 30

John-Paul is a seasoned international investment banker, having worked on many transactions spanning Capital Markets, M&A and Privatisations since 1988. He joined STJ in 2016 to help develop further the team’s coverage and execution capabilities in the Emerging European markets.

John-Paul has over thirty years of work experience at major investment banks, focussing primarily on Corporate Finance Advisory and Capital Markets activities.  For eighteen years he headed the origination, management and execution of transactions throughout Europe’s emerging economies, with the support of a dedicated team at Nomura in London.  Prior to that he worked for Hambros Bank and James Capel. 

John-Paul has a broadly based experience, ranging from the UK’s highly regulated public market to Western European and emerging private and public markets. Transactions in which he has been involved include UK public hostile takeovers, IPOs, SPOs, acquisitions and trade sales, as well as privatisations and acquisitions throughout CEE, the CIS and Turkey.  Prior to commencing his career in the City, he qualified as a tax consultant with Arthur Andersen, where he gained a thorough grounding in accounting and taxation.

John-Paul was also a member of the Lithuanian Investment Advisory Council to the Lithuanian Government (2010-2018) helping to create an attractive investment environment for Foreign Direct Investments into the country.  He is married, has two grown up children and is a keen hiker and skier, as well as an opera aficionado.

Thorsten Dueser

Thorsten Dueser

Senior Advisor

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Thorsten Dueser

Thorsten Dueser

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 30+

Thorsten has over 30 years' experience in investment banking having held senior positions at Credit Suisse and JP Morgan between 1990 and 2016. He has advised on numerous high-profile privatisations, M&A and IPOs in the energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors across DACH and other regions.

Based on a successful global joint venture he co-founded in 2003 out of Switzerland between the Investment Banking and the Wealth Management Divisions of Credit Suisse, Thorsten established himself independently in 2018 as Solutions Partners Global to provide advice to entrepreneurs on private market transactions.

He is an advisory board member at the sponsor of NYSE-listed SPAC Everest Consolidator Acquisition Corp and a non-executive board member at Bogd Bank LLM, Mongolia`s first listed bank.

In 2023, Thorsten also co-founded Liechtenstein-based sustainability software company Recyclium AG.

He was educated at University of St. Gallen, London School of Economics and Tokyo.

Gordon Duncan

Gordon Duncan

Senior Advisor

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Gordon Duncan

Gordon Duncan

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 28

Gordon has advised many major pharmaceutical groups in both Europe and the US on large cross-border M&A deals and financings. While Global Head of Healthcare at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, the Bank held a dominant position in raising money for listed biotechs, having helped to create the LSE rules for the first pre-revenue R&D companies to be listed in Europe. He went on to co-found DrKBs’ biotech venture capital business investing in many successful private emerging companies (e.g. Actelion sold to JNJ; $30bn). He was later Managing Director, Head of Healthcare investment banking in Europe at DLJ (now Credit Suisse) with a private equity focus.

He is a senior advisor to STJ Advisors and also acts on M&A deals, financings and licensing deals primarily in the healthcare sector often working in close partnership with leading industry figures. Gordon is a partner in the development of the 710 acre Harwell Science & Innovation Campus south of Oxford.

Gordon graduated from Bristol University where he read Economics & Accounting and qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC (audit & tax) before starting his career in investment banking with Morgan Grenfell (now Deutsche Bank).

John Embiricos

John Embiricos

Senior Advisor

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John Embiricos

John Embiricos

Senior Advisor

John started his career in 1986, gaining formal training at Merrill Lynch in London and New York before settling as an Equity Analyst at Baring Securities in 1988, where he achieved a No1 Extel rating as a country analyst for Greece. In 1993 he joined James Capel (subsequently HSBC Investment Bank) as a senior Equity Analyst, where he covered a wide range of companies as part of the European Emerging Markets team. During that time, he focused primarily on Greece and on the food & beverage, banking, consumer goods and construction & building materials sectors. He also worked on numerous primary and secondary market investment banking transactions in the region, including government privatisations, notably OTE and Hellenic Petroleum. John has maintained a close association with Greek business and capital markets throughout his career and brings longstanding and invaluable experience to STJ.

John holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary, London University and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). He lives with his daughter and enjoys alpine skiing and psychology.

Robert Gebhardt

Robert Gebhardt

Senior Advisor

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Robert Gebhardt

Robert Gebhardt

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 18

Robert is an experienced investment banker with more than 18 years of M&A advisory and capital markets experience covering primarily Emerging European markets. Robert joined STJ in 2018 to enhance the breadth and depth of STJ’s origination and execution capabilities in Emerging Europe.

Robert has a broad-based deal experience having been involved in successfully completed cross-border M&A advisory and IPO transactions exceeding €13 billlion in value across multiple sectors and geographies. Prior to joining STJ, Robert was Executive Director at Nomura where he spent close to 14 years and was involved in the origination and execution of number of landmark M&A advisory, IPO, equity-linked, capital raising, and debt capital markets transactions for a wide range of clients including private equity firms, leading corporates, family offices and governments. Prior to joining Nomura, he held positions at KPMG Corporate Finance.  Robert lives in London, married, and has one child. In his spare time Robert enjoys playing golf and has keen interests in fitness and travelling. 

Yun Guan

Yun Guan

Senior Advisor

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Yun Guan

Yun Guan

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 10

Yun is a Chinese national and has been associated with STJ since 2011. During his time at STJ, he worked on the execution of a number of IPOs, follow-on, high yield and convertible bond transactions in Europe and Asia, raising over $25bn. This included 6 Japanese IPOs (Skylark, Technopro, Bellsystem24, Tsubaki Nakashima, Macromill and Sushiro).

Yun helps co-ordinate STJ’s marketing activities in China.   

Yun holds an LLM in Commercial Law from the University of Sheffield and an LLB in Economic Law and a Bachelor of Management in Accounting from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, swimming, singing and playing with his cat.

Panos Goutakis

Panos Goutakis

Senior Advisor

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Panos Goutakis

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 27

Panos is an experienced investment banker, with a long advisory track-record in transactions ranging from Capital Markets, to M&A and privatisations across the South-Eastern European region. Although during his long career Panos Goutakis has worked in multiple sectors (e.g. TMT, real estate, utilities and consumer products), much of his time has been spent advising on Financial Institution related transactions.

Panos was Chairman & CEO of NBG Securities, the Securities and Investment Banking arm of National Bank of Greece, leading key Greek privatisations and major capital markets transactions across Greece from 2011 to 2015. Under his management, NBG Securities was restructured and expanded regionally through the establishment of branches in London, Romania and Cyprus. He also served on the board of Finansinvest in Turkey. Before joining the National Bank, he was a Senior Advisor to the CEO of Piraeus Bank, responsible for strategic planning and relationship coverage with key major Greek corporates.

Panos Goutakis was Managing Director at Morgan Stanley between 1990 and 2009, heading the Bank’s Investment Banking activities in Greece and serving as Senior Banker for Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria. As the country head of Greece from 2004 to 2009, Panos led large Greek and regional M&A  and Capital Markets transactions for clients including OTE, National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank, Alpha BanK, PPC and Paragon Shipping and OPAP. Under his management, Morgan Stanley in Greece held the #1 position in M&A transactions between 2005 and 2009.

Panos holds and MBA from Rochester University (NY) and is a graduate from the Athens Graduate School of Economic and Commercial Studies. He is married with two children.

Gracia Lopez Granados

Gracia Lopez Granados

Senior Advisor

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Gracia Lopez Granados

Gracia Lopez Granados

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 22

Gracia has had an engaging and diverse career in finance having recently joined STJ as a senior advisor. She began her career in finance at JP Morgan in London in Capital Markets. She spent ten years in London where she also worked for Credit Suisse Financial Products, a specialised derivatives boutique, after which, she joined Morgan Stanley where she spent six years heading structured credit coverage in Iberia. She returned to Spain in 2007 and joined her former client, Cajamadrid, where she performed several senior roles, the last of which, was as a member of the Executive Chairman´s Chief of Staff. This position gave her the unique experience of living through the Bankia IPO where STJ was retained to provide specialist Equity Capital Markets advice. In 2013, prior to the creation of the Spanish bad bank (SAREB), she briefly took on the role of CFO at Martinsa Fadesa; a company that had gone through the largest insolvency proceeding in the history of Spain. Before joining STJ she spent four and a half years as a senior advisor to Apollo, focusing on investment opportunities resulting from the sale of non-core assets or businesses by financial institutions as a result of the restructuring of the financial system. She had significant involvement in the EVO Banco acquisition and significant continuous involvement in all capital markets related activities. 

Gracia is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Hijos de J. Barreras representing PEMEX, its majority shareholder. She strongly believes in the benefits of sound corporate governance and has dedicated significant time to furthering her education in this topic, completing several courses covering a diverse number of topics such as: best practices, trends and the role of an independent director. Gracia holds a BA in Business Administration from C.U.N.E.F. (Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros). She is married and has fourteen nephews and nieces. She is a keen skier, rider and loves the countryside.

Bijan Khezri

Bijan Khezri

Senior Advisor

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Bijan Khezri

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 25

For more than 25 years, Bijan has been dedicated to public and private growth finance, corporate governance and innovation-centric business leadership as a banker, CEO/Chairman, and investor across a range of sector-leading companies in technology, sports, and media in the UK, USA, Germany, and Switzerland.

Today, Bijan is Group-CEO, board director, and part-owner of Zug-based Marquard Media Group AG, a diversified international media company. He is Chairman of the Board of EEM World, a leader in equestrian sports and owner of the 'Masters of Chantilly'. Bijan is an Operating Partner with GF Capital in New York and a member of the Group Board of Zühlke AG, a Zurich-headquartered global leader in innovation consultancy.

As Chief Executive and then as Executive Chairman, he led the restructuring of FTSE-100 technology conglomerate Baltimore Technologies Plc (London/NASDAQ) and its subsequent asset sale to Hewlett Packard and PwC. For more than six years, Bijan served on the Group board of directors as well as Chairman of the US Advisory Board of Sportradar AG, the world's leading provider of sports data and analytics.

Bijan studied law at Bonn University and graduated from the Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales (University of Geneva). He holds a PhD in strategy process from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

He has extensively published in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and other leading publications for close to three decades. He is the book author of 'Generation Dubai: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty'.

Joes Leopold

Joes Leopold

Senior Advisor

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Joes is a Senior Advisor covering the Benelux.

Joes joined STJ as a senior advisor in June 2016. He is an all-round banker with twenty-five years of experience managing capital markets transactions, acquisitions, divestments, hostile and friendly public and private offers, spin outs and debt restructurings across all industry sectors. Joes advised corporate clients, governments and financial sponsors in the Americas, Asia and Europe on situations in the Benelux. He was involved in 18 transactions involving state owned companies, including 8 privatizations and one nationalization. After spending 9 years in London, he is now based in Amsterdam to cover the Benelux for STJ.

He was chairman of the supervisory board of SRH, the renamed SNS Reaal, and is currently member of the supervisory board of Mollie, a payment service provider with a banking license.

Immediately prior to joining STJ he advised the Dutch Ministry of Finance on the nationalisation of SNS Reaal, the spin-out of bad bank Propertize, the sale of Vivat to Anbang Insurance and the IPO of ABN AMRO Bank.

Joes is a Dutch national. He graduated from the University of Groningen with a master’s degree in economics. He is an avid skier and mountaineer. Joes has three teenaged children.

Timothy Lindberg

Timothy Lindberg

Senior Advisor

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Timothy Lindberg

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 28

Percy Marchant

Percy Marchant

Senior Advisor

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Percy Marchant

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 30

Percy works with STJ on special situation and private opportunities.  He also sits on a clutch of Advisory Boards mainly in the Family Office space.  Percy also runs his own private office investing his moneys predominantly in the private and real estate markets. 

Prior to this, Percy spent 15+ years of his life managing money. He was the Co-founder and CEO of Bhramavira Capital Partners, an alternative asset management firm. Prior to launching Bhramavira, Percy spent over ten years laterally as the Co-Head, of Nomura’s internal hedge fund operation head quartered in London (the Asset Investment Division). Percy’s focus was on arbitrage, special situations and distressed investments on a global basis.  Prior to Nomura, Percy was involved in convertible bond arbitrage and special situations analysis and investing at Credit Suisse (then CSFB) in the Asset Trading Group.

Percy is a Barrister and Attorney and has practised Bankruptcy law both in London and New York, where he has also been called to their respective Bars. Percy read law at the London School of Economics where he got an LLB (Hons).

Emmanuel Pezier

Emmanuel Pezier

Senior Advisor

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Emmanuel Pezier

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 25

Emmanuel Pezier (“Pez”) shares his time between STJ and Cass Business School, London where he is a member of the Finance Faculty.

He has 25 years’ experience in investment banking having worked for Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Bear Stearns in London and New York as Head of Syndicate, Global Head of Convertible Origination, European Head of ECM, and latterly in specialty finance coverage.  His transactions span IPOs, follow-ons, rights issues, blocks, SPACs, permanent capital vehicles, convertibles, hybrid offerings, private placements and equity derivatives, raising over $100bn in equity capital for diverse clients since 1991, with many offerings being “firsts” in terms of structural innovation, size or offering type.

He holds a B.A. (First Class) from Magdalen College, Oxford where he represented the university at rugby and rowing.  He lives in Sussex with his wife and four children.

Klaus Pflum

Klaus Pflum

Senior Advisor

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Klaus Pflum

Senior Advisor

Klaus Pflum is a senior advisor to our business in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Klaus has more than 30 years of experience in the Automotive, Industrials and Transportation sectors and throughout his career has specialized in complex cross-border M&A transactions, defense related assignments, financing and financial restructurings. Earlier career highlights include leading positions at Royal Bank of Scotland, Nomura International, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup Capital Markets (formerly Salomon Brothers).

Prior to joining Kroll, Klaus was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Leonardo & Co. Germany, as well as being Chairman of the Diversified Industrial Group in Europe.

Klaus holds an MBA from the University of Pforzheim, Germany, and is a former Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and German tax advisor.

Gerald Raingold

Gerald Raingold

Senior Advisor

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Gerald Raingold

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 35

Gerald Raingold has substantial experience in the world of M&A and equity capital markets and an extensive senior-level global network of corporate and institutional contacts gained from a 35 year City career.

During his City career, Gerald gained extensive experience in the world of international finance having held prominent senior positions in the investment banking division of a number of financial services groups. He was responsible for many years for the Capital Markets and Investment Banking/M&A divisions of the BNP Paribas Group in London.

Previously he worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) where he worked in their London, Boston (USA) and Paris offices.

In recent years, Gerald has undertaken a number of IPO and M&A transactions in London. He holds and has held senior non executive director posts within both private and listed companies based in Israel, the UK, France and Sweden.

Gerald is a Chartered Accountant, a graduate of the London Business School and a Freeman of the City of London. He is also a member of the Mazars Advisory Board.

Przemek Rodecki

Przemek Rodecki

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Przemek Rodecki

Przemek Rodecki

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 24

Przemek is a seasoned international investment banker, having worked on many transactions spanning Capital Markets, M&A and Privatisations since 1996. He joined STJ in 2016 to help develop further the team’s coverage and execution capabilities in Poland.

Przemek has over twenty-four years of work experience at major investment banks, focussing primarily on Corporate Finance Advisory and Capital Markets activities. For the last 15 years he headed the origination, management and execution of transactions in Poland.

Przemek experience spans across broad range of transactions including several billion large MA, privatisations, IPOs of Russian companies, trade sales. He started his career in the City in 1996, right after graduating from a UK university. Przemek qualified in 2002 as a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Przemek lives in Warsaw, married, has two children and is a keen cyclist.

Ulf Rosenlöf

Ulf Rosenlöf

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Ulf Rosenlöf

Ulf Rosenlöf

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 36

Ulf has more than 30 years of experience from the investment banking business. Prior to joining STJ in 2010, Ulf was Chairman of FIM Group, one of the leading Finnish investment Banks. From 1992 -1999, Ulf was Senior Advisor to Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup) responsible for Scandinavian investment banking relationships .Ulf was involved in several major equity , M&A and debt transactions for The Finnish Government, corporates such as Nokia, UPM, Neste, Finnlines Borealis, Fortum and Huhtamaki.

Ulf has been involved in several of STJ´s Scandinavian and European transactions.

Ulf graduated from Helsinki Swedish Business School, and is a keen alpine skier.

Chun Kwok William So

Chun Kwok William So

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Chun Kwok William So

Chun Kwok William So

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 36

William has many years of experience in the telecoms, IT and media industries. He is a member of the Communist party of China and served as senior executive at several major state owned enterprises. He has very strong knowledge of the Chinese market as well as Chinese investments overseas, particularly in developing countries.

William works with and advises several investment banks, Chinese funds, and high net worth individuals to identify, invest and manage private and listed companies and assets in China, South East Asia, Europe as well as Africa. His investment portfolios include telecoms and technology, media, infrastructure, financial institutions, properties and agriculture.

Chris Tarry

Chris Tarry

Senior Advisor

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Chris Tarry

Chris Tarry

Senior Advisor

Chris spent almost 20 years as a leading sell side analyst in the City of London where he was the top ranked Aerospace analyst before moving to focus on transport and particularly airlines, airports and railways and where was rated as a leading analyst in this sector too. Before that he was employed in a number of research and analytical roles. 

Whilst an analyst in the City he also worked on a wide range of corporate finance and related assignments around M&A and raising equity and debt as well as the provision of strategic advice. In addition to the final privatisation of Lufthansa which he participated in numerous share issues (Aerospace and Transport) including that around the restructuring of Eurotunnel; where a key component was often around developing and then telling the “investment story” (which is usually a combination of trading and strategic factors) and ensuring that investors are secured. 

He has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a postgraduate degree in Labour Economics. He has strong research and analytical skills which are involve economic, industry and financial data and that are applied across a wide range of assignments. 

In 2002 he established CTAIRA as a specialised aviation advisory and consulting business with an exceptionally strong research basis that was established in 2002. Its primary focus is on civil aviation with a particular and proven expertise that is applied to a broad spectrum of business and economic issues. CTAIRA operates at the highest levels within companies where it provides a number of distinct but clearly inter-related activities. Where necessary we will augment our core skills from a group of colleagues that we have worked with over many years

David Turnbull

David Turnbull

Senior Advisor

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David Turnbull

David Turnbull

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 35

David is currently Chairman of Fiduciary Settlements Ltd and Investor Director of Opun Group Ltd. He was a Managing Director for many years at Salomon Brothers/ Salomon Smith Barney where he held various senior positions within the firm including Global Co-Head of Japanese Equities, Head of Equities for Europe / Global Head of European Equities (capital markets, research, trading and sales across all equity products)and Head of Business Development and Strategy for Global Equities. He served on the European Management Committee and the Global Business Practices Committee; he was also responsible for the offices in Zurich and Frankfurt.

Before joining Salomon Brothers in 1985 David worked for Rowe and Pitman/ Warburgs in London and Tokyo. In 1999 he co-founded and was Chief Operating Officer of Antfactory, a global technology investment firm; in addition he founded and acted as Chief Executive of it’s Japanese subsidiary, now one of the largest VC’s in Japan (Ant Capital). From 2002-2010 David was a fund manager specializing in Asia and Japan, first at Prodigy Capital, where he was a Founding Partner, and then at Morant Wright/ MW Turnbull . He is a former Senior Advisor to the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and has advised several other companies, particularly in the financial sector.

David enjoys watching rugby (and indeed any sport), skiing, travelling, food and his extensive wine cellar. He is married with three daughters. 

Francois Wertheimer

Francois Wertheimer

Senior Advisor

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Francois Wertheimer

Francois Wertheimer

Senior Advisor

Years of experience: 26

Working in Asia for the last 18 years, Francois is a seasoned Corporate Finance and Equity Capital Markets professional having worked in New York, London, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.

At STJ Francois has advised a number of leading international financial sponsors including Baring Private Equity, Carlyle and Southern Capital on ECM transactions in Asia. Francois is also Managing Director of Capital Asia Partners, a Corporate Finance Advisory firm based in Singapore.

Francois started his career in New York with JP Morgan Chase and then was in London with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson before moving to Asia. As Head of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking for BNP Paribas in South East Asia, he advised on some notable transactions including Allianz on its acquisition of British Malaysia Insurance and IBRA (the Indonesian restructuring agency) on the sale of Indocoal. Prior to BNP Paribas, Francois was a Managing Director of Corporate Finance for HSBC based in Hong Kong and then in Singapore. He subsequently served as CEO of HSBC Investment Bank in Indonesia, based in Jakarta.

Born and raised in France, Francois holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

Markus Will

Markus Will

Senior Advisor

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Markus Will

Markus Will

Senior Advisor

Markus Will is a Partner at Goodwill Communications which advises companies and their executives on corporate and financial communication. 

He is also Vice Director at the IFF Institute at the University of St. Gallen.