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 32 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 highly specialised expert, independent 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.
He 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), Bankia (€3.3bn), TDC (€1.8bn) and NN (€1.8bn). 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 (Gencos, Royal Mail), Austria (AMS, Austrian Airlines), Egypt (Suez Cement), Finland (Finnair, Outokumpu), France (France Telecom), Germany (Deutsche Post), Greece (OTE), Italy (Alitalia), Poland (KGHM), Portugal (BPA), Slovenia (NKBM), Spain (Telefonica), Sweden (Stadshypotek), Turkey (Netas, Isbank, Tupras), Australia (Commonwealth Bank of Australia) and India (VSNL).
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 Patron of Build Africa, a charity building schools in Africa and a Trustee of The Titsey Estate.
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.
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.
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 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 helped ensure that the IPO track has provided competitive pressure even if the M&A bid has eventually been successful (e.g. for OFFICEFIRST or Virgin Active).
Post IPO, Marcus has completed over 20+ sell-down placements for shareholders in these companies, in offerings involving best-efforts, underwritten and auctioned structures.
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 and graduated from Cambridge University with both an LLM and a LLB.
Given his New Zealand heritage, Marcus is a rugby enthusiast, a keen skier and supporter of Team New Zealand (holders of the Americas Cup).
He is married with 3 children.
Jonathan is a Partner, member of the Executive Committee and Head of the Equity Advisory Business
Since joining STJ in 2007, Jonathan has worked on over 40 equity capital markets transactions in an independent advisory capacity, including almost 20 IPOs and dual-track processes. Jonathan has notably advised on all of STJ’s IPOs and share sales in the Nordic region (Chr.Hansen, Matas, Sanitec, XXL, Scandic, Ratos, Tobii) with a 100% successful completion rate. He has also acted as independent advisor on transactions in Belgium, France, Germany, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.
Prior to his role at STJ, Jonathan was Head of Benelux and Nordic Equity Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank. In total, he has 22 years’ experience as an Equity Capital Markets specialist and has worked on more than 120 successful equity capital markets transactions for companies, private equity firms and governments in almost 25 countries.
Jonathan is a British national who was born and raised in France, and is bilingual in French and English. Jonathan has a 1st class degree in Mathematics and Statistics with Management (BSc) from Brunel University. Jonathan is married with one baby son, and is a keen tennis player.
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.
Frank Dangeard serves on the boards of Symantec (USA), Royal Bank of Scotland (UK) and RPX (USA). He is also a non-voting board member and advisory board member of various listed and non-listed companies, principally in the telecom/technology, finance and energy sectors. He is a founder of Harcourt IGN in Dubai which provides senior-level advice in strategy, board and strategy processes, and family and group governance.
He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Harvard Business School in the US and is a “Director-in-Residence” at INSEAD. He is also Chairman of the International Advisory Council of Hawkamah, the corporate governance institute of the MENA region, based in Dubai.
Frank Dangeard has served on the boards of Crédit Agricole-CIB (France); EDF (Electricité de France); Orange, Equant and Wanadoo (France Télécom/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).
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 and Madrid, then 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 Études 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 daughter.
He is Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. His most recent book, “La décision de crise dans l’entreprise – 12 histoires de gouvernance”, was published in February 2011 by Editions Odile Jacob, Paris.
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 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 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.
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.
Shayan is the Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer at STJ Advisors.
He is responsible for the financial and business management of STJ Advisors and assists the Executive Committee in implementing company strategies and new initiatives.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 eDreams and Bankia IPOs, the Banco Popular capital increase and the convertible bond and concurrent repurchase by Indra Sistemas.
Previously, Ignacio worked for 11 years at Dresdner Kleinwort doing origination for DCM, ECM 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.
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 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.
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.
Harry has spent over 20 years in the financial services industry operating mainly within the Family Office environment. He was initially employed at a London based Single Family Office as senior analyst. For the last 5 years he has provided corporate finance advice and funding solutions to small and mid-market companies in the UK and Europe and most recently advising on investments in private markets within a Multi Family Office. He has an MA from St Andrews University.
Cédric focuses on Structured Equity Derivatives and Equity-linked Solutions.
Cédric started his career at Citigroup working in their Corporate Finance / M&A department. He went on to work for Barclays where was heading the Equity-linked desks for France, Benelux and Iberia.
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.
Years of experience: 3
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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.
Years of experience: 5
Sean joined STJ in February 2021 supporting the teams’ transaction execution work.
Prior to joining STJ, Sean was a Corporate Finance Executive at VSA Capital where he worked on the origination and execution of Equity Capital Markets and M&A transactions covering early-stage natural resources and technology sectors. He has previously worked at NatWest Markets, Bank of Ireland and Ernst & Young.
Sean holds an Executive Masters in Finance from London Business School and a MSc in European Political Economy from London School of Economics. He is also in the process of completing level 3 of the CFA qualification. Sean is a keen poker player that also enjoys cooking, art and an unrepentant supporter of Arsenal FC.
Years of experience: 1
Louis joined STJ in February 2019 supporting teams’ transaction execution work.
Prior to joining STJ, Louis was a Research Analyst at Hilltop Fund Management, focusing on Absolute Return and Tail Risk Protection strategies. Louis has also competed internships at Brandon Hill Capital and Byron Capital Partners.
Louis graduated from the University of Nottingham and holds a BSc in Finance, Accounting and Management.
During his free time Louis is a serious golfer, a keen skier, and a passionate chef.
Years of experience: 2
Minal joined STJ in May 2021 supporting the teams’ deal execution work.
Prior to joining STJ, Minal was a Corporate Finance Analyst at Egremont Capital where she worked on Equity Capital Markets and M&A transactions for many small businesses across a range of different industries and geographies. Minal has also competed an internship at Numis Securities in Equity Sales.
Minal holds an BSc in Economics from the University of Nottingham. She is a trained dancer and enjoys travelling.
Years of experience: 2
Vera is a member of the deal execution team. Prior to joining STJ, Vera worked at St. James's Place Wealth Management and Frontier Economics.
Vera received a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. She speaks Russian and enjoys cooking, art and travelling.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Years of experience: 33
Mob: +44 7939 579 121
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.
Alex has worked in various positions at leading international financial services companies (Goldman Sachs, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Deloitte & Touche) specializing in M&A, corporate finance, equity capital markets and direct & investment management. He has conducted a broad range of medium-sized corporate and real estate transactions, corporate carve-outs as well as major European IPOs. In addition to his role at STJ, he currently serves as Managing Partner at Atica Partners (Switzerland) and as Board Member of AIR6 Systems|Airborne Robotics (Austria/ UK).
Björn Fröling is a former investment banker based in Stockholm. He was formerly a partner with Lazard, a founder of Brummer & Partners, head of corporate finance at Alfred Berg and worked in the corporate finance division of Morgan Grenfell in London. In addition to being a senior advisor to STJ, he sits on the boards of a number of private Nordic companies including Neqst (chairman), the Öhman group (vice chairman), K. Hartwall Invest, Braganza, Saminvest and others.
Björn Fröling has been involved in the Sanitec, Scandic Hotels and Arcus IPOs while at at STJ Advisors.
Years of experience: 18
Mob: +44 7917 244 631
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 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 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.
Years of experience: 22
Mob: +34 648 276 255
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.
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 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.
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).
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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.