Meet the

Team

London

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Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in the City, working at Hoare Govett ABN AMRO for 11 years, before founding Oriel Securities (with the backing of the Vitol Group) and then becoming CEO of Blue Oar Plc

During this time, he has built up strong relationships with many major institutional investors in London and Asia

Andrew acquired VSA Capital in 2010 and has repositioned VSA as a leading investment bank for growth companies, alongside having a unique focus on taking western companies to China

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Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in equity capital markets having previously worked at Barclays de Zoete Wedd, Albert E Sharp Securities, Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young, Arden Partners, Libertas Capital, Blue Oar Securities and Shore Capital

Since joining VSA, he has headed the corporate finance team overseeing the team’s equity capital markets activities, including the US$125m private placement in New Age (African Global Energy)

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Brendan started his career at KPMG South Africa in Industrial and Automotive Audit and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007. Thereafter, he relocated to the London. Since arriving in the United Kingdom, Brendan has worked in senior roles in both Finance/Risk for FTSE listed majors within both energy and financial services sectors specialising in business performance, risk analysis and control.

Brendan joined the VSA Management Team in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for Finance, Human Resources, Risk and Compliance.

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Ed has over 10 years’ experience as an equity research analyst, having previously worked at Daniel Stewart, Climate Human Capital and Library House

Since joining VSA in 2012, he has covered the global agriculture, renewable energy and cleantech sectors, and leads the research team co-ordinating output from analysts across multiple sectors

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David has over 30 years’ experience in global equity and commodity markets, having previously worked at Wood Gundy, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and GMP Securities

Since joining VSA in 2014, he has headed the sales team overseeing the team’s capital markets activity including fundraisings and roadshows

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Jason has 10 years’ experience in debt and capital markets, having previously worked at Springer River Asset Management and Windsor Investment Funds, where he focused on fixed income products

Since joining VSA in 2017, he has focused on evaluating and analysing potential investment opportunities globally across multiple sectors

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  • Alison Turner
    Alison Turner Head of Mining Fund Management
    & Investment Advisory
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Alison has over 15 years’ experience in strategy consulting and corporate finance, having started her career in South Africa where she spent time at BHP Billiton followed by eight years as a sell side mining analyst covering a range of mining companies from micro-cap through to FTSE 100

Since joining VSA in 2017, she focuses on analysing mining companies and evaluating mining projects, with a particular focus on precious metals and diamonds in Africa

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  • Justin McKeegan
    Justin McKeegan Associate Director, Corporate Finance
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Justin has eight years’ M&A and equity market experience, having previously worked at Flagstaff Partners, a boutique investment bank based in Melbourne, Australia focused on M&A advisory, where he was involved in both buy-side and sell-side transactions, including the sale of the Décor Corporation

Since joining VSA in 2013, he has worked on numerous transactions across the natural resources sector, including advising on the sale of Fortune Oil to a consortium (including the Vitol Group) for £296m

  • James Deathe
    James Deathe Associate, Corporate Finance
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James has five years’ M&A and equity capital markets experience, having previously worked at Fairfax I.S., a London based boutique investment bank, where he was involved in the management buyout of WorkPlace Systems

Since joining VSA in 2014, he has worked on multiple transactions across the alternative energy, industrials, natural resources and TMT sectors, including the acquisition of Promethean World for £84m

  • Sean Urquhart
    Sean Urquhart Analyst, Corporate Finance
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Sean has two years’ experience in the finance industry, having started his career within the Financial Services division of EY specialising in Banking and Capital Markets Audit and has since worked as a regulatory analyst and management analyst at Bank of Ireland and RBS

Since joining VSA in 2018, he has worked on transactions in the natural resources sector

  • Oliver O’Donnell
    Oliver O’Donnell Equity Research Analyst
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Ollie has seven years’ experience as an equity research analyst, having worked at VTB Capital where he covered global natural resources companies and the commodity markets

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  • Paul Renken
    Paul Renken Equity Research Analyst
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Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the natural resources sector, having previously worked in-field in geologic exploration for precious metals, base metals and industrial minerals, for the City of Reno Planning Department and Hemscott

Paul joined the VSA Research team in 2006 and provides our clients with in depth analysis on the global mining activity

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Shanghai

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Alvin has 12 years’ experience in cross border M&A and joint venture transactions, having previously worked at Duff and Phelps (Shanghai), Houlihan Lokey (Hong Kong) and Lehman Brothers (New York), where he focused on the TMT, retail, healthcare, industrial and renewable energy sectors

Since joining VSA in 2017, he has worked on multiple transactions including the C$30m strategic investment in Millennial Lithium

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Feizhou has five years’ finance and investment experience, having previously worked at Cambridge Hanover (Connecticut), and G Asset Management, a boutique hedge fund based in New York and Shanghai Feizhou Group, a Shanghai based real estate group

Since founding the VSA Shanghai office in 2017, he has built up the teams M&A advisory and equity capital markets activities

  • Iris Lu
    Iris Lu Senior Manager
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Iris has over five years’ experience in the investment banking industry, having previously worked in the Investment Banking Department of Oaklins HFG China, an international boutique investment bank focused on cross-border M&A, Citibank and BDO where she actively participated in a number of cross-border M&A and financing deals across the consumer, new materials, renewable energy, manufacturing, and TMT sectors

Since joining VSA in 2018, she has worked on multiple transactions across the TMT and natural resources sectors

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Erica has over five years’ experience in cross-border M&A, having previously worked at HSBC and Morgan Stanley in Los Angeles, where she was involved in buy and sell-side M&A transactions across the TMT, healthcare, biotech and consumer sectors.

Since joining VSA in 2018, she has worked on transactions in the industrials sector

  • Lulu Liu
    Lulu Liu Senior Associate
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Lulu has five years’ experience in cross-border M&A, having previously worked at Standard Chartered Bank China and DealGlobe, a London and Shanghai based boutique investment bank where she was involved in numerous transactions across the advanced manufacturing, healthcare, TMT, retail and consumer sectors

Since joining VSA in 2017, she has worked on multiple transactions across the natural resources sector

  • Gaia Ge
    Gaia Ge Senior Analyst
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Gaia has two years’ experience in cross-border M&A and equity capital markets having previously worked at DealGlobe, a London and Shanghai based boutique investment bank, where she was involved in buy-side and sell-side M&A and equity capital markets across the energy, advanced manufacturing, IoT and TMT sectors

Since joining VSA in 2017, she has worked on multiple transactions across the natural resources sector