Richard oversees Origination & Portfolio Management within the Investment Team. He has close to 24 years of experience in Energy and Natural Resource banking, principally in project, corporate and structured finance. He was formerly Global Head of Energy Origination at Mizuho Bank in London. During this time, he drove the transformation of a traditionally balance sheet-led energy coverage business of the bank into an advisory-focused coverage model, involving public and private capital raising and securitization opportunities across the energy value chain. He has been responsible for the origination of Active Bookrunner mandates for around US$15bn in fixed income debt issuances for energy clients. Richard has 18 years of deal-making experience in energy structured finance as advisor and arranger of financings across the energy value chain in Europe, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has a deep understanding of the energy sector having acted as advisor and debt arranger of some of the most notable non-recourse and limited-recourse transactions in the energy sector, involving global energy companies such as BP, Shell, Petronas, and Saudi-Aramco. Before Mizuho, Richard worked in the Global Energy Structured Finance Group at WestLB Markets in London, where he led deal execution on advisory and debt arranging assignments on downstream, petrochemicals, and renewables projects across Europe. Richard began his career at Standard Chartered Bank based in Kuala Lumpur and London, where he spent 7 years focused on emerging markets coverage and the financing of power and infrastructure projects in the Far East, South Asia and Africa. Richard holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK).
Eduardo oversees Origination & Portfolio Management within the Investment Team. Prior to Victory Hill, Eduardo built and was responsible for Mizuho Bank’s Natural Resources Corporate Finance Advisory Unit of which he was acting Head for EMEA. In this role, Eduardo led and facilitated the origination of corporate bond issuance mandates for investment grade Energy and Natural Resources (Oil & Gas, Chemicals and Mining), positioning Mizuho at top league table positions in the sector. He also significantly contributed to growing the bank’s loan portfolio and profitability through origination initiatives aimed at bringing on new clients and through efforts to develop existing relationships further. Prior to this, he was a senior member of the team responsible for building the M&A Advisory in Chemicals and Oil & Gas at Société Générale. Within 3 years, the team was fully operational and growing. Eduardo led and helped execute large landmark transactions with key clients of the bank, such as Total, Sinopec and BP. Eduardo also worked at ABN AMRO/RBS in its M&A and Capital Structure Advisory Teams in Sao Paulo and London. At ABN AMRO the team achieved top league table position in Brazil in M&A advisory, while globally, ABN AMRO was one of the leading investment banks in the Energy and Natural resources sector. He began his banking career at JP Morgan in Sao Paulo, Brazil, working in credit portfolio management and origination teams within the investment bank. Eduardo holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the Getulio Vargas Foundation FGV (BR) and a Masters in Finance from London Business School (UK).
Michael is responsible for business strategy, group financial management as well as operation and business risk management. Prior to Victory Hill, he was responsible for the global portfolio and debt restructuring of Steinhoff International, a global vertically integrated retail conglomerate with 40 operations in 30 different countries. Michael became caretaker group treasurer overseeing international assets during Steinhoff’s restructuring, which was the largest in Europe. Before the restructuring, he led the M&A department of the organization globally. During his tenure he originated and executed joint-venture transactions, acquisitions, take private deals, equity placements, convertible bonds, DCM and syndicated loans and IPOs. Before Steinhoff International, Michael worked in the M&A department at Lehman Brothers and Nomura in London, and began his career as an International Tax advisor and Auditor at KPMG in South Africa. Michael holds a degree in Accounting from Stellenbosch University, a Masters degree in International Taxation from the University of Johannesburg and a Masters in Finance from London Business School. He has also undertaken executive education courses at Harvard and Columbia Universities. He is a Chartered Accountant in the UK and South Africa and is a CFA charterholder and Member of the UK CFA Society.
Lawrence is the firm’s General Counsel and Compliance Officer. Prior to Victory Hill, Lawrence was an Executive Director in the Legal Department of Mizuho (Securities) International in London. His responsibilities were to provide advice across primary EU/US debt, equity capital markets, structured finance, asset finance and derivatives, as well as handling corporate legal affairs (including IP/IT, privacy, employment and litigation/regulatory and compliance matters). From 2012 to August 2020, he also acted as General Counsel to Asset Management One International, the asset management arm of the Mizuho Financial Group. Prior to Mizuho, he worked at Foreign & Colonial (F&C), Henderson and the UK Financial Services Authority (now the Financial Conduct Authority). Prior to working at financial firms, Lawrence worked in private practice for Fladgate Fielder in London, advising clients on M&A/corporate finance transactions. He started his career as a lawyer at the New Zealand Securities Commission. Lawrence holds an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and an MBA from Imperial College London. Lawrence is admitted to practice in England and Wales, New York and New Zealand (*does not currently practise in NZ).
Navin is a Managing Partner of Victory Hill Capital Partners LLP. He is responsible for developing growth strategies and plans, as well as managing client acquisition and relationships at all levels. Prior to Victory Hill, Navin worked within the Investment Trust Sales Team at Cantor Fitzgerald where was responsible for raising capital in both primary and secondary markets, sales trading, facing-off to listed company boards as well as other corporate broking activities. Prior to Cantor Fitzgerald, he worked for Quilter Cheviot a UK investment management firm where he was responsible for research and portfolio management in third party fund investments across a number of sectors including infrastructure and renewable energy funds as well as private equity and listed equity funds. Navin was the top performing analyst in the firm, and featured in the UK’s Top 100 Fund Analysts for 5 consecutive years, 2013-2017. Prior to this, he has held similar investment roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Russell Investments and began his career at Deutsche Bank. He holds an MSc in Investment Management from City University’s Cass Business School and a BEng (Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering from City University, London (UK). He also holds the Investment Management Certificate and is a member of the UK CFA Society.