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Associate, Corporate Finance
Rob graduated from the University of Sussex with a First Class Honours in Economics and Finance. There, he was awarded the MacQuitty Prize for the top-performing student across all arts, humanities and social science degrees in 2019, and was also awarded a CISI qualification. During summers, Rob undertook various internships, including with an oil and gas company, Buried Hill, and with Strand Hanson in 2018.
Rob joined Strand Hanson in September 2019 as an analyst within the corporate finance team.
Strand Hanson Representative South America – Argentina
Miles started his career as a derivatives trader, becoming Head of Equity Derivative Sales for Credit Lyonnais Securities in 1994. Thereafter, he moved into venture capital, spending 10 years with Compass Investment Management as Managing Director of their technology investment and advisory business,Compass Venture Management.
He then joined Strand Hanson as a Director and focused on technology and renewable energy until 2006 when he decided to focus on his personal investments in waste to energy technology. Miles has been an early stage investor, adviser and founder of a range of companies across a broad spectrum of industries. In 2009 he moved to Buenos Aires, where despite the challenging business climate of the time, he acted as a consultant to agribusiness, insurance and property/hotel investors.
Head of Capital Markets
James read Politics and Philosophy at Durham University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he later joined the Corporate Finance practice of Ernst & Young.
At EY, James gained extensive experience of cross border transactions, working in New York, Moscow and Johannesburg, as well as being involved in a number of high profile transactions within Europe.
James joined Strand Hanson in 2008 and has advised on both M&A and equity capital market transactions and was appointed Head of Capital Markets in 2019.
Senior Adviser to the Board
In a career spanning 19 years with the World Bank Group, Constantine has held various operational, strategy and management roles within the World Bank Group delivering development solutions for the Bank’s client countries through analytical work, high level policy dialogue with governments and advising the Board on forward-looking initiatives. He oversaw a threefold growth of the World Bank’s investment portfolio in Southeast Asia and a 40 per cent. improvement in its performance as chair of committees that shaped the Bank’s operational strategy and investment portfolios in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.
Constantine led the opening of the World Bank Office in Mauritius where he assisted the government in developing policy responses to the 2008 global financial crisis and streamlining the country’s business regulation to reduce the cost of regulatory compliance. Prior to joining the World Bank, Constantine worked for a global mining company as a new business development executive and as Company Secretary for a conglomerate listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Constantine is a lawyer, a Chartered Management Accountant and a graduate of INSEAD Business School.
Robert graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature before embarking on a career in international corporate finance, primarily focused on the construction, mining and building sectors.
Robert was an Associate Director of N.M Rothschild & Sons, spending a number of years in China and South East Asia and subsequently became a main board director of Hanson Plc, with a specific responsibility for mergers and acquisitions. He is currently the Chairman of both Hanson Capital Limited and the Hanson Family Holdings Limited and is also a Non-Executive Director of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd and Managing Partner of Millennium Hanson Internet Partners. Robert became the Chairman of Strand Hanson in October 2009.
Nick is a Petroleum Geologist by training, with a long career in the international Oil & Gas industry, much of it spent working for Phillips Petroleum Company in the United States, Canada, Norway and the UK. Apart from exploring for oil in basins around the world, Nick has managed non-operated interests in some major North Sea field development projects and has extensive Commercial experience gained as a portfolio manager and strategic planning director. Since 2004 Nick has acted as consultant to a number of Oil & Gas companies, mainly in the areas of project evaluations and A&D, and has provided technical support and advice to various City financial institutions. In particular, he has worked extensively in the AIM market acting as an advisor to Nomads in the Oil & Gas sector.
CF, Chartered FCSI, FIMMM, FEI, Consultant
Frank is managing director of Hoyt Moxon, a financial adviser and consultant to companies and professional advisers with an emphasis on mining and oil & gas. A Loughborough University economics graduate, he trained initially as an analyst at Capel Cure Myers then spent 18 years in corporate finance roles at Beeson Gregory, Société Générale, Old Mutual, Williams de Broë, where he was head of corporate finance and head of natural resources, and Evolution, where he headed up the mining team. He was Senior Independent Director of Cove Energy Plc, holds or has held various other non-executive directorships at mining and oil & gas companies listed in London, Toronto and Australia and is a director of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
CGeol, CSci, FIMMM, FAusIMM, FGS, Technical Consultant
Michael has over 20 years experience as a geochemist specialising in field data surveys, databasing, and geological interpretation with the British Geological Survey where he was employed as a senior geologist. For nearly a decade he worked as a mining consultant, principally in the assessment of commodity markets and mining projects, with Mining Journal Research Services where he was deputy head of research. He is now principal at Mining Research advising mining companies and service providers.
Strand Hanson Representative South America & Caribbean – Guyana
Rory is an experienced business development professional and originator. He has raised and introduced financing for businesses and developed projects in a variety of sectors; including manufacturing, energy, agriculture and mining. Prior to moving to Guyana, he worked in Africa for eight years where he built very strong political and commercial relationships in the West African region.
In 2011, Rory founded a mining services company, which until 2016, provided mining services to a TSX listed gold producer. Rory has also been involved in a number of projects in petroleum infrastructure, power production and mining exploration.
Rory has also spent time in Mexico working on a gold project and in Kenya, with an agricultural project. Rory has implemented business development for International Energy Trading Houses for whom he arranged local content partners and facilitated import of clean petroleum products and bunker fuels into the WAF market. Rory has also been the representative for two Chinese SOEs, with infrastructure projects currently under development.
Most recently, Rory has been running a west African representative office for Strand Hanson and has now moved to Guyana where he continues to represent Strand Hanson for South America & the Caribbean.
Strand Hanson Representative Middle-East – Dubai
Stuart has over 25 years of international business experience, including from 1989 to 2001 as the Chairman and Managing Director of Professional Investment Consultants (PIC) based in Dubai. PIC grew from a start-up office and two consultants to sixteen offices and over one hundred consultants worldwide. Since 2001, Stuart has held numerous executive positions on various company boards within the Middle East,UK and Australia.
He offers clients his extensive knowledge and network of international connections. Stuart’s strong business management capabilities and entrepreneurial style bring a wealth of skills to identify growth opportunities and offer appropriate introductions to relevant contact parties in the Middle East region. Stuart has assisted with the transaction of capital raisings on various AIM and ASX mining listed companies with project values well in excess of US$400m.
Consultant, Latin America
Juan Reynal is an independent financial adviser and originator for investment banks in the southern Latin American region. He has worked over the years with top institutions such as Consultatio and Banco Macro in Argentina. He has recently been a local associate for the M&A advisory house, STS Capital Partners and, since 2010, has been director of the local firm South Capital Group, dedicated to providing advisory services to companies, both private and public in Argentina. He has cultivated a broad network of contacts in the agribusiness, oil & gas and mining sectors but has experience in advising in a large range of sectors.
BSc, ARSM, FIMMM, CEng, Technical Consultant
Julian is a Chartered Mining Engineer with over 50 years in the industry. A graduate of the Royal School of Mines, he initially worked on the Copperbelt of Zambia, both underground and open pit. Subsequently, he joined a London based mining group working on projects in Australia, India and Canada where he was responsible for the underground construction of a new gold mine. He then took up a role with a UK junior gold miner, with developments in Zimbabwe and Ghana. After a brief spell in mine construction contracting, he joined the UK office of a Canadian mine engineering company with projects in DRC and Zambia.
Since 2001, he has been an independent consultant to a number of mining companies, and to investors. His extensive experience has covered gold, most base metals, and gemstones, and he has wide experience in Africa, South America and countries of the former Soviet Union.
Manager, Corporate Finance
Jack graduated from Bristol University with First Class Honours in Theology in 2011.
He then went on to earn an MA in Theology from Oriel College, Oxford University, graduating with Distinction in 2012. Prior to joining Strand Hanson in 2014, Jack worked in the finance department at Candy & Candy before going on to perform a similar role at an AIM quoted technology company. Jack is a CFA charterholder, having passed each level at the first attempt.
Associate Director, Corporate Finance
James graduated from Bristol University in July 2010 with a B.Sc in Economics & Finance.
During his time at university and immediately thereafter he undertook a variety of work placements, including at financial sponsor Apax Partners; CBGA, a commercial property agency and most recently with KnightCF, a corporate finance company specialising in the Technology and Telecoms sector. He joined Strand Hanson in July 2011 as an analyst within the corporate finance team.
Director, Corporate Finance
James graduated from Bristol University, in June 2006, with a BSc Honours in Biochemistry. After graduation, James joined Smith & Williamson where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 2009. He then moved into Transaction Services, gaining experience in financial modelling and valuation, followed by two years in the Corporate Finance department.
James is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society United Kingdom. James joined Strand Hanson in December 2012.
Ritchie read Economics & Management at Keble College, Oxford University. Following university, Ritchie joined the Natural Resources investment banking team of RBC Capital Markets in London, before moving to Gleacher Shacklock, the M&A advisory house, in 2010.
He joined Strand Hanson in October 2012, focusing on advising on equity capital markets and M&A transactions predominantly within the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Technology sectors. Ritchie is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society United Kingdom.
Director, Strand Ventures
Iek has over 17 years’ experience in the investment banking industry, working in London, New York and Los Angeles. Iek has a broad range of sector and transaction experience and was formerly at SilverWind Securities.
Prior to that, Iek worked for Libertas Capital for over 6 years where he joined to help establish the securities operations in London before becoming Head of Libertas Americas. Prior to that Iek worked in various equity capital market roles at HSBC, Enskilda Securities, Merrill Lynch and Smith New Court.
Richard graduated from Bristol University with a first class honours degree in civil engineering in 2000 following which he joined ING Barings in corporate finance, before joining Arbuthnot Securities in 2004.
Richard has advised on a large number of transactions from primary and secondary fundraising to general M&A advice including disposals, acquisitions and UK public offers across a wide variety of sectors. Richard joined Strand Hanson in September 2009.
Matthew graduated from Bath University with B.Sc. (Honours) in Business Administration and subsequently qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young.
He then joined Capita Corporate Finance Limited, advising a diverse range of unquoted clients on acquisitions, disposals and venture capital backed transactions. Matthew has been a member of the executive team at Strand Hanson since March 2001 and advises on all types of M&A and ECM corporate transactions.
Anthony joined Strand Hanson in April 2014 and was appointed as its Chairman in January 2015. In addition, Anthony chairs its African business.
Anthony qualified as a lawyer in South Africa and obtained a Masters in Law from the University of London before going on to work as an oil analyst at County Natwest and thereafter as a senior consultant to Merrill Lynch.
Anthony was Chairman of Spiritel PLC between 2004-2012 and has also been a Non-Executive Director of Regal Petroleum plc, Sharp Interpak Limited and Pecaso Group Inc. He has also served on the advisory boards of Infinity SDC, Chayton Capital and Ariya Capital with a focus on Agriculture and African business opportunities. He is currently a Non- Executive Director of Albion Ventures LLP and Chairman of the Governing Board of Certification International.
Managing Director, South Africa
Warren completed an honours degree in Business Science at the University of Cape Town before joining Strand Hanson in February 2000.
Warren provided M&A, Takeover Code and equity financing advice to listed and private companies in the UK before establishing the regional office in South Africa in 2008. Since 2008, Warren’s role has been focused on developing Strand Hanson’s African presence, including the cultivation of an extensive network of client companies, investors, advisers, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies and industry bodies.
Chief Operating Officer
Angela has almost 20 years’ investment banking experience, having joined the corporate finance team at Strand Hanson in 2000 from Arthur Andersen in Australia where she qualified as a chartered accountant.
Angela has extensive experience of all aspects of public company work, including IPOs, fundraisings, Takeover Code work, the Listing Rules and the AIM Rules. She advises a number of UK and international companies, primarily focused on the Natural Resources and Services sectors.
Simon has been an institutional and corporate stockbroker for some 35 years with Sheppards, Charles Stanley and Corporate Synergy. Graduated 1969 University of East Anglia with a degree in economics and sociology.
He co-authored a North Sea Oil & Energy review for some 20 years prior to concentration on a broader range of new AIM issues. He is a member of the Securities Institute, a former LSE member, as well as being a Director of Albany Capital, and Letchworth plc.
Director – Head of M&A
Stuart read Modern History at St Anne’s College, Oxford University and then, on graduating, joined the investment banking division of Barclays de Zoete Wedd, which was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston in 1997. He moved to Merrill Lynch in 1998,
where he worked as a Senior Director in the International M&A and UK M&A / coverage teams until 2005, before joining Strand Hanson in February 2006 as Head of M&A.
Stuart has advised a wide variety of UK and international companies, including a number of FTSE 100 companies, as well as activist shareholders and financial sponsors, on LBOs/MBOs, disposals and mergers & acquisitions. Stuart has extensive experience of cross border and UK and Irish Takeover Code transactions, including a significant number of hostile and contested offers.
Stuart is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Director – Head of Corporate
James has over 25 years investment banking experience, having worked at Robert Fleming, Société Générale and Arbuthnot Securities, before joining the corporate finance team at Strand Hanson in 2004.
James acts as lead adviser to a broad range of domestic and international clients, covering IPOs and secondary fund raisings, restructurings and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Director – Head of Natural Resources
Rory qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG prior to joining Greig Middleton & Co’s corporate finance division.
He joined Strand Hanson in November 2001, having worked latterly for Charterhouse Securities Limited and then ING Barings. He is experienced across a broad spectrum of sectors and has advised on flotations, secondary fundraisings and merger and acquisition transactions. He is particularly focused on the oil and gas sector and has advised international oil companies with assets throughout the world.
Simon joined Strand Hanson from Greig Middleton & Co in 1999. He became Chief Executive in 2006 and led the management buy-out of the business in 2009.
Simon has been responsible for the Company’s international expansion through the development of global strategic relationships. He acts as lead adviser to a broad range of domestic and international clients, sovereign wealth funds and global private equity investment organisations.
Simon is active, as a senior adviser, in ECM, M&A and proprietary transactions.