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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Simon qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990 and worked in senior Corporate Finance roles at Warburgs and KPMG doing domestic and international buy/sell side M&A, joint ventures and a variety of exits including trade sales, public takeovers and flotations. He has also worked as CFO of a number of businesses (both privately backed and quoted) requiring M&A expertise, including successfully managing two ‘buy and build’ ventures.

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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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  • Mark Steeves
      Mark Steeves Chairman

    Mark began his business career as a shipbroker, before becoming joint owner of a marine consultancy and ship management company, which was sold to Aminex plc. Following the sale, he ran Aminex’s procurement and oilfield service business, Amossco Ltd. In 2002, he joined HSBC Insurance Brokers as a Business Development Director, eventually becoming Head of Energy, then, Head of Africa, before HSBC sold its insurance subsidiary in March 2010.

    Mark then established Samphire & Associates Ltd, a consultancy and advisory services business focused on African related businesses. He served on the board of a range of companies including Britain Nigeria Business Council (2007 to 2009), the Business Council for Africa (2009 to 2015), Resolution Insurance (2014 to 2015), Phoenix Africa Development Co Ltd (2010 to 2019) and Leon Africa (2012 to 2016). Mark has also been a mentor for the Women-Led Business Programme run by Femmes Africa Solidarité. Since 2016, Mark has been on the advisory board of Moshe Capital, a South African Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment woman owned advisory and investment firm, with whom VSA Capital has formed a strategic alliance. Mark holds the FCA Controlled Function CF30.

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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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      • 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

        • 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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          • Oliver O’Donnell
              Oliver O’Donnell Head of Research
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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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            • 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

              • Pascal Wiese
                  Pascal Wiese Corporate Finance Analyst
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                Pascal has one year’s experience in the finance industry, having previously completed a three month internship at Deutsche Bank/norisbank, followed by a second six month internship at MAYLAND AG, a boutique investment bank focused on the renewable energy sector.

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

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                Sam joined VSA Capital in 2019 to focus on cross-sector financial analysis.

                Previously he worked in commercial real estate where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and is currently undertaking the Chartered Financial Analyst Program.

                • Andy Chen
                    Andy Chen Independent Non-Executive Director
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                  Andy has over 10 years’ experience as a project consultant to small and growing public companies. He has wide sector experience and a strong understanding of corporate governance in quoted companies and Regulatory environments. In 2018, Andy founded VFund (Jersey), an alternative investment fund specializing in Scotch whisky investment. VFund is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC). In addition, VFund has set up a private whisky experience centre in the City of London. Over the years, Andy has introduced a number of cross-border investments from Asia to the UK. He has worked as a financial analyst for IBM UK in his early career, and is currently a director of several companies. Andy gained a master’s degree in Management with Marketing at the University of Bath.

                  Shanghai

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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