Ian Martin

Partner at Macfarlanes LLP


Ian Martin is a Partner at Macfarlanes LLP. He chairs the firm’s Business Development Committee and heads up their M&A division. Ian is a corporate transactional lawyer who joined the firm in 1990 and became a Partner in May 1999. His practice areas include corporate and commercial, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. His recent transactions experience include management/Allianz on the sale of Four Seasons Health Care; 3i on the sale of Care Principles Group and PPM on the acquisition of Paramount Restaurants.

Ian studied History at the University of York



Kay Hope

Director and Corporate Credit Analyst,at BAML


Kay Hope is a director and corporate credit analyst, focusing on banks and corporates mainly in Russia, the CIS, and Israel. Her team was ranked #1 in Corporate Debt in the Institutional Investor EEMEA Research Team survey for 2016 and 2017. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Hope held emerging markets roles at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse First Boston. She also spent several years at McKinsey & Company in Moscow, and a year in Almaty, Kazakhstan, working for an international aid organization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Slavic literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a master’s degree in Soviet foreign policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is based in London.



Jeremy Taylor

Managing Director, Co-Director of Research and Research Analyst at Lazard Asset Management Limited (London)


Jeremy Taylor is a Managing Director and Co-Director of Research. He also serves as a Research Analyst primarily covering the Telecommunications sector. He began working in the investment field in 1996. Prior to joining Lazard in 2003, Jeremy was a Director and research analyst with UBS Warburg. He has an MSc in Engineering, Economics and Management from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University.



Michelle Hinchcliffe

Partner and UK Head of Banking at KPMG


Michelle joined KPMG in 1985 and has more than 27 years professional experience within the Financial Services sector. Michelle has worked in both the Australian (2006 – 2015) and UK (1989 – 2006; 2015 – ) offices of KPMG. She was appointed a partner at KPMG in the UK in 1997. Michelle is Head of UK Banking. While in Australia, Michelle was appointed Head of KPMG’s Financial Services practice and was a member of the KPMG Australia Board. Michelle has extensive experience in leading large global teams in the provision of external audit, internal audit and advisory services to clients across financial services. Michelle has worked with some of the world’s largest financial services brands including many of the leading banks.



Shamik Dhar

Chief Economist and Director for Economics at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(since September 2014).


He has had 30 years experience as a professional economist, alternating between private and public sectors. He started at HM Treasury in the late 1980s, moving on in the 1990s to Oxford Economic Forecasting and the Bank of England (where he ran the UK forecast team and was a senior manager in Monetary Analysis). In 2000, he moved to Morley Fund Management, then in 2004 co-founded Fathom Consulting, a leading economics consultancy, before moving back into asset management with Aviva Investors in 2009.
Shamik has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and a Masters in Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London.



Rav Sandhu

Founder and CEO of The Market Mogul

Rav Sandhu is the founder and CEO of The Market Mogul, a disruptive new media company. The company recently raised £1 million as it continues to expand and grow its readership. He previously worked at J.P Morgan and Bain&Co, before leaving to work full time at The Market Mogul.

Rav graduated from the University of York in 2014. He notably helped start the Griff Fund and also dabbled in University Lacrosse.



Michael Hollihan

Vice-President of Bank of America’s wealth management international division


Michael is the Vice-President of Bank of America’s wealth management international division, having previously joined Merrill Lynch in 2002.

Born and raised in Ecuador, Michael has held senior positions at The Central Bank of Ecuador and was the Principal at an asset management company in Miami that catered to wealthy individuals and banks, with a primary focus on emerging market, high yield debt.
Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Wisconsin and continued his studies in Economics at The University of South Carolina. Michael is fluent in English, Spanish, and German. Michael resides in Manhattan with his wife, Adriana.



Stephen Griffiths

Managing Director of Global Financial Advisory at Rothschild


Stephen Griffiths is a Managing Director of Global Financial Advisory at Rothschild and Head of their Leeds office. He has worked in M&A for 20 years and clients include Wm Morrisons Supermarkets plc, Marshalls plc, Peel Holdings, Northgate plc, Froneri, Cranswick plc and Tyman plc. Based in York and working from the Rothschild office in Leeds, Stephen and his team have completed transactions locally, pan‐European and around the world. Stephen qualified as an Accountant with Pricewaterhouse in 1996 and worked for two years in industry before moving into M&A. Originally from Sunderland, Stephen moved to York in 1990 to study Economics at the University of York.



John Holmes

John Holmes is Chairman of Hardman & Co


He started his City career in 1966 working as a research analyst at Hoare & Co and moved into institutional sales in 1973. He joined the partnership of Hoare Govett in 1976, setting up the firm’s operations in New York in 1982 to sell global equities to US institutional investors.
John moved back to the UK in 1985 and became Managing Director of Morgan Grenfell Securities. He was also Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Head of Equity Sales at Credit Lyonnais Laing. There followed 10 years in executive search as a Partner in the Berwick Group and Head of the Financial Services Practice at Odgers Berndtson.
John was part of the group of investors which acquired Hardman & Co in late 2012. He holds a BA in Politics and Economics from the University of York.


Michael Young

Michael Young is Director at Lazard Financial Advisory


An alumni of the University of York, Michael began his career as a summer intern at Lazard in 2004. He is now a director with their Financial Advisory division in London.


Andrew Theodosiou

Andrew is Vice President of Institutional Rate Sales

at RBS Markets and International Banking


An alumni of the University of York, Andrew’s role involves pricing and execution of G10 fixed income – primarily cash bonds and interest rate derivatives. He services asset managers and hedge funds in the UK and globally.


Robin Kinchin

Robin is a Corporate Development Analyst at Schroders


Robin read History with Economics at the University of York until 2011. He began his career as a Finance Analyst at RBS and after more than 3 years at PwC, he now works for global investment manager Schroders.


Richard Blundell

Richard is a Management Consultant  with KPMG


Graduating from University of York in 2011, Richard has been with KPMG for 5 years. He is now an Assistant Manager within KPMG’s Management Consultancy Business, specifically within the Operational Excellence team.


Boyang Xiao

Boyang is an Oil Analyst at Thomson Reuters


Starting off in Reuters’s graduate scheme, Boyang now works as an Oil Analyst within Thomson Reuters Commodities Research & Forecasts. He focuses on oil swap assessments for crude and fuel oil contracts and tracks the global oil flows and shipping.