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David Burton

+44 7976 713662
David has extensive management, corporate finance and business development expertise, particularly with smaller UK based companies operating across a wide range of sectors, where he has provided strategy, consulting, financial and business advice. He has had extensive international experience, particularly in offshore financial centres, the USA and Southern Africa. David is a former senior partner of Deloitte & Touche who left the firm in 1993 to pursue and develop a wider portfolio of interests. He has been chairman of three of AON’s UK pension schemes; a non-executive director of Sigma Q C Ltd; a non-executive director of Hirco PLC; chairman of Globaltech Solutions Ltd; and a non-executive director of Central & Overseas Securities Limited, part of Tongaat-Hulett Ltd, a South African and UK listed company.

Eberhard Clamor Freiherr v. dem Bussche

+49 171 479 2531
Eberhard has a broad and international experience in corporate & structured finance as well as in financial strategy. He has executed large scale transactions as Managing Director of Citigroup’s European Corporate & Structured Finance platform and also private transactions as Managing Director with Sal. Oppenheim in the DACH region. Additionally, Eberhard successfully established new and restructured existing business divisions for a state owned bank in preparation of its privatisation. Before becoming a banker, Eberhard worked as head of a privatisation and transformation team at a consultancy firm indirectly owned by the German Ministry of Finance, and advised on and executed numerous transactions in countries with previously centrally organised economies and state owned companies. This also included assistance on enterprise formation and advice on the legal framework. Prior to this, Eberhard as International Partner for an accounting firm set up and managed tax and accountancy offices mainly in CES as well as in China. He studied economics and law at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg. He is chairman of a church trust as well as a family trust, and sits on advisory boards of start-up companies as well as a number of established middle market businesses.

Christoph Rommel

+44 20 3301 8017
Christoph began his banking career in 1980 with Bayerische Vereinsbank Group, Munich where he was initially responsible for corporate clients in Augsburg Branch from 1983 – 1989. From 1990-92 he was posted to Japan as Senior Manager Corporate & Investment Banking, Tokyo Branch. Between 1993 and 1996, he was based in Milan as CEO & Country Head, Italy before being transferred in 1997 to the London Branch as CEO & General Manager UK, Corporate & Investment Banking. In 1999, Christoph returned to Germany and joined Delbrück & Co Privatbankiers, Berlin/Cologne as a Managing General Partner in one of Europe’s oldest private Banks. In January 2003 – in the context of ABN AMRO’s acquisition of Delbrück & Co – he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the new Delbrück & Co. AG, Frankfurt am Main. In late 2005, Christoph left ABN AMRO Group and returned to Asia. From 2006 – 2012 he was Regional Head Asia Pacific & CEO Singapore Branch of a major German Landesbank and chaired the bank’s entire business activities and network in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2014, Christoph returned again to Europe and founded in Milan the Merchant Banking Advisory Platform “VdD Consult S.r.L.”. Christoph is a graduated apprenticeship-banker who studied Business Economics in Augsburg.

Julian Sale

+44 7720 774728
Julian has over 25 years’ experience of business development based in Hong Kong, Singapore and now London working with networks across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the US. He has worked for media companies, Newsweek International, Harvard Business Review and Middle East Economic Digest, and then corporate recovery firm CI Group. Since 1997 he has been working with claimants, law firms, investigators and litigation funders worldwide to bring commercial disputes which otherwise would not see the light of day to court – helping to secure access to justice. He also liaises with family offices, institutions and HNWs interested to invest in this uncorrelated asset class. Julian served in the Welsh Guards.

Bill Semmes

+44 20 3301 8006
Bill has extensive international long only, hedge and private equity fund marketing experience. He graduated from Columbia University and joined American Express in 1970 holding marketing and sales positions including three years as head of Sales & Marketing in Europe, Middle East & Africa, based in London. From 1981-6 he was head of Marketing & Sales for Chemical Bank’s Trust & Investment Division and President of MasterCard International’s Travelers Cheque Division. In 1986 he was recruited back to American Express as SVP, head of Sales and Marketing for mutual funds and separate accounts. In 1995 he joined Chase Vista Funds to establish their offshore fund programme with retail funds domiciled in Luxembourg and institutional in Dublin and raised $2 billion in assets in two years. In 2000 he established European American Funds Associates Limited and began European placement programmes for international, mainly US, private equity funds.

Sanjay Puri – Finance and Operations

+44 7817 268761
Sanjay has over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of roles within the financial services industry. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, working predominantly in its corporate recovery team, before moving to the Bank of Scotland and thereafter Fidelity as a financial analyst within the asset management businesses. Sanjay then moved to BNP Paribas specialising in corporate funding, equities and equity derivatives analysis. Since 2009 he has been acted as Head of Finance for a number of SME’s where he has been responsible for all aspects of finance, operations, planning and analysis. He has considerable experience in leading, developing and implementing change across finance, operations and business. Sanjay graduated in economics at Manchester University and obtained an MBA (Distinction) at Warwick Business School.

Claire Aikman – Operations

+44 20 3301 8010
Claire has worked in or alongside investment banks since the start of her career fulfilling a variety of administrative, support, training and back office roles both as an employee and in a consulting capacity. In 2010, she co-founded The Invisible Assistant  working with businesses across all sectors.