The trainer is a consultant, public speaker and author with expertise in private equity, debt advisory, restructuring and infrastructure. He is a Senior Advisor to KPMG Finland, a Senior Advisor to Reorg EMEA Covenants, the leading provider of information to the European High Yield community, and a Senior Consultant to Grant Thornton UK.
Training programmes are provided to a wide range of blue-chip clients in Europe, Africa, the Middle and the Far East, North America and Australasia. In-house clients include banks (BNP Paribas, Société Générale, ING, Barclays Capital, Bank of China, RBS, SEB); lawyers (Baker & McKenzie, Skadden Arps, Sullivan & Cromwell, Cadwalader, Latham & Watkins, Weil, White & Case); advisory firms (Lazard, PWC, M&A International, KPMG, EY, Deloitte); PE firms (Cinven, Advent, Barings Asia, Waterland); corporates (Siemens, Airbus, Turkcell, Candy Crush, Gunvor, Statkraft) and governmental bodies (the UKLA, the EBRD, the ECGD, Omani Oil Corp.)
He qualified in South Africa both as a Chartered Accountant, with Deloitte, and as a lawyer with Hofmeyr where he was involved in structuring many high-profile project financings, including those for the BMW 3 Series, Ford Sierra, GM, Sappi and Mondi.
When he moved to London and joined Lazard Brothers as a corporate finance executive, he was involved in a wide range of public and private transactions. Subsequently, he joined Hoare Govett as an assistant director, where he acted as an advisor to smaller listed companies and was involved in several syndicated Euro-Equity Initial Public Offerings.
In 1991, he joined ABN Amro’s cross-border M&A team before being transferred to MeesPierson Corporate Finance as a Director in Cross-Border M&A, where he was also involved in many deals in Central Europe. During this time, he was a member of the EU-PHARE programme and advised the Estonian government on their privatisation programme.
He is the Programme Director at the City Business School, London, for Infrastructure Finance for the M. Sc. programme in Business Administration and Finance. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. He completed a BA and an LLB at the University of Natal and a B. Compt. (Hons.) at UNISA.