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Allan Jardine: Managing partner – EMEA

Allan Jardine manages the regulatory compliance practice and also plays a pivotal role in the investment banking practice as it relates to the UK and Japanese markets.

A financial services specialist, Allan has strong domain expertise in international regulation and compliance, as well as cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He has over 25 years of regional and international experience in the design, oversight and assessment of corporate and regulatory compliance, capital markets compliance, including Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) / Anti-Money Laundering (AML), sanctions, fraud programs, and internal controls.

Allan is seasoned in the executive and operating functions within public companies and the financial services industry, including consumer and commercial banking, investment banking, capital markets, insurance and wealth management. He also holds several key relationships with Japanese conglomerates in software, hardware and consumer Internet markets.

Prior to Sett & Lucas, Allan was a senior executive at Infinity Partners, a Tokyo headquartered financial services and advisory firm, managing their Asia Pacific operations, and a principal at Altitude Partners LLC. The corporate advisory firm works with organisations in the areas of corporate regulatory compliance, restructuring, due diligence, and turnaround as well as post acquisition integration for international private equity firms.

This followed time at a specialist US investment bank, where he managed their Asian expansion. Allan holds a BA in Asian Business, an MBA from Warwick Business School (UK), has studied at Sophia (Tokyo), China Europe International Business School (Shanghai), and is an ETP graduate of the European Commission.

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Dominic Marlow: Managing partner – EMEA

Dominic Marlow manages the investment banking practice for the EMEA region based out of London.

Dominic is a veteran deal maker in the mid-market, with vast experience across numerous sectors, having completed over 50 successful transactions over the past five years. He is a renowned executive coach who works with several privately held and private equity held company CEOs in London.

He combines board level and executive experience with corporate finance, to help CEOs achieve shareholder value maximization. Dominic has also achieved a high level of success working with IT services and enterprise software companies in the Thames Valley region, facilitating strategic joint ventures and long term exit planning by putting the principal at the heart of the relevant activity. Living in Oxford, he is located at the heart of the UK technology community, close to regional innovation parks, the Thames Valley and London, and has mentored several early and growth stage companies over the last decade.

Dominic has been a professional dealmaker since 2005, prior to that he held several senior strategic and corporate development roles working for GKN, Britvic and executive consulting roles with Nestle and Coca Cola. This previous corporate background, coupled with more recent involvement in the middle market, gives him a remarkable insight into both large acquirers and middle market sellers.

He has been very active in the information technology vertical and continues to lead the M&A practice of Sett & Lucas with a focus on companies in UK and the rest of the European Union.

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Donald Marshall: Managing partner – Americas

Donald is the managing partner who heads our transaction advisory services business, and plays a critical role in the investment banking business in the Americas.

He is a seasoned technology industry executive who has held board positions and executive roles at both Fortune 500 and start-up organizations. He comes from the buy side of technology, having held senior management positions with Fujitsu and HP in the past.

Donald has also held executive board roles at Office Solutions, Champlain Software and Placement Technology. He brings strong insight and understanding of the buy side corporate development process, positioning of information technology services firms, and deep connections in the New England market. Donald is a graduate of Boston College.

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Muthukumar Velumani (MK): Managing partner - APAC

Muthukumar (MK) manages investment banking operations and supports transaction advisory services with a focus on the Asia Pacific markets.

He is based in the India office of Sett & Lucas in Chennai. With over two decades of senior operating experience with global financial institutions, MK is a private placement, M&A, book building and due diligence expert.

One of the major highlights of his career was the successful merger and integration of the Royal Bank of Scotland and ABN Amro. At the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), MK was transition and integration manager and instrumental in the successful transition of global investment banking processes in the target operating model, post-acquisition of ABN Amro.

He has worked across treasury, mortgage and interest rate derivatives, driving change in ABN Amro and was also instrumental in creating a platform to migrate the more complex investment banking operations in ABN Amro by successfully leading the pilot for the complex Marco Polo project.

MK holds a post graduate diploma in finance, is a chartered financial analyst, and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

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Prabhu Antony: Senior vice president – Americas

Prabhu Antony is senior vice president and partner at Sett & Lucas, managing the investment banking business with a focus on M&A and capital raise in the information technology and digital marketing industry verticals.

Prabhu Antony is senior vice president and partner at Sett & Lucas, managing the investment banking business with a focus on M&A and capital raise in the information technology and digital marketing industry verticals.

He is a specialist in cross border M&A and private equity and has brokered technology M&A deals valued at over $3bn in enterprise value, across six continents and 22 countries.

Prabhu has won several awards from M&A Advisor, the industry consortium. In 2017 his deal Starpoint-Yoh won the best M&A deal, in 2016 he was awarded Investment Banker of the Year, in 2015 he was ranked among the top five cross border investment bankers in the US, and a deal he led won the best US-Asia Technology Cross Border Deal of the Year. In 2014 he was awarded the 40 under 40 Americas M&A Dealmaker award.

He also plays a support role at the fund management group where he currently manages Linus Ventures, a Princeton headquartered $100m venture fund, focused on consumer markets.

Prabhu plays a significant role at Zurik, the regulatory compliance platform, where he heads corporate development, strategy, alliances, partnerships, joint ventures and capital raise.  

Prior to joining Sett & Lucas, he was vice president at MAPE Group, a boutique M&A advisory firm in Asia, where he was the head of the technology, media and telecom (TMT) vertical and the US-Asia cross border M&A practice.

Before MAPE, Prabhu spent over seven years in the technology sector for blue chip companies such as Cognizant, i-flex and Oracle, where he managed corporate development, corporate strategy, corporate restructuring and M&A initiatives across London, the US and India.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and instrumentation engineering, a masters in business administration and a post graduate diploma in international business.

Prabhu is an alumni of the advanced management program at Wharton, part of the University of Pennsylvania, and attended Harvard Business School to pursue his passion for the field of disruptive innovation.

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Robert Brown: Managing partner – APAC

Robert Brown is the managing partner heading the transaction advisory services and the investment banking practice with a focus on APAC markets.

Robert has extensive experience dealing with intellectual property valuation, fairness opinion, joint ventures and M&A in the APAC markets including Australia, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

He currently holds board positions in several information technology and digital marketing firms in the APAC region. Robert has more than two decades of experience in international business and M&A. Robert has expertise in valuation, financial succession, acquisition, joint venture and strategic business development. His passions include lecturing to masters students at leading Australian universities in international business planning and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Robert has a PhD, masters in HRM, post graduate diploma in business and administration, diploma in business (Business Agent). He also has a diploma of auditing and is a certified trainer and assessor.

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Sivanthi Ingersoll : Managing partner (Zurik) – Americas

Ingersoll Sivanthi is a managing partner and heads the global operations of Zurik, Sett & Lucas’s regulatory compliance business. He has more than 17 years of experience in various areas of the financial services industry.

Inger is a specialist in managing regulatory and compliance change across domains such as asset management, private wealth management and banking.

Prior to joining Sett & Lucas, Inger worked with Ruffer LLP, a London headquartered investment management firm that provides services to private clients, pension funds and trusts. Inger was in charge of business and regulatory compliance change across various functions within the firm.

Inger has also held senior positions in charge of strategic business change for global financial institutions such as Blackrock and Citibank, including regulatory and compliance change.

His expertise spans front office, middle office, risk and control, compliance (pre and post trade restrictions), client reporting (tax packs and valuations) to operations processing, trade processing and trade reporting, reconciliations, and settlements.

He has created workflows and systems to manage business and regulatory compliance change across asset classes such as foreign exchange derivatives, swaps, equity derivatives, options, swaptions, ETFs and fixed income (bonds).

Inger holds a masters in business administration with a specialization in finance and information systems and a bachelors in electronics and communication engineering.

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Steven Malin: Managing partner - Americas

Steven Malin is the managing partner heading the investment banking and regulatory compliance business at Sett & Lucas, based out of New York.

Steven is an executive manager with extensive experience in the financial services industry, including macro economics, political consultancy, institutional equities and mergers and acquisitions. He is a respected industry authority in macro economic trends and geopolitical issues.

Prior to joining Sett & Lucas, Steven co-founded AB Watley, a New York headquartered securities brokerage firm. As chairman and CEO for over 20 years, he was responsible for regulatory compliance, corporate growth and strategy, developing business in new markets and implementing policy.

He began his career at Tullett Prebon, as a foreign exchange derivatives broker in their Tokyo office. Tullett Prebon is known as the world’s leading inter-dealer broker. While employed there he gained extensive experience in analyzing the equity and derivative markets, and advising companies on global portfolio management.

Steve holds a degree in political science and psychology from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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Tacis Gavoyannis: Managing Partner – EMEA

Tacis is the managing partner heading transaction advisory services for the EMEA region, based out of our office in London.

He has more than 25 years of experience in business strategy, corporate development and international business development in the telecoms and data communications sectors. Tacis has held several senior management roles with British Telecom, Motorola, Cable & Wireless, Mercury Communications, RR Donnelley, De La Rue Systems Ltd, Callahan Broadband Wireless Inc, Orange PLC, TNS PLC and Ipsos.

Tacis is a specialist in intellectual property valuation, joint ventures, restructuring, M&A, fairness opinion and debt financing.

His sector expertise covers fixed and mobile communications, cable, broadband and internet. He has played key roles in strategy and roll-ups of operations for both GSM and WILL licenses.

In addition, Tacis has been involved in the regional expansion of several telecoms companies in a number of European countries for mobile and wireless. His current role includes advising large corporations on corporate development, and incubation of investment ideas in smart grid and smart cities concepts.

Tacis is a futurologist and researcher. He is a Fellow of the RSA, a board member of Living PlanIT and a mentor with Springboard in Cambridge.

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Kevin Lowther: Managing Partner - Americas

Kevin Lowther is a Managing Partner who heads the North America sales operations of Zurik. He is a specialist in financial services technology with extensive international experience, where he has managed and launched a portfolio of information and trading desktop products and services.

More recently Kevin had worked as a management consultant to many buyside and sell-side institutions, optimizing their information technology environments.

Kevin worked in the financial markets in New Zealand before becoming country manager for IRESS Technology where he built out the market share of their information and trading products to almost 90% over a three-year period. He then moved to London where he was a director at a specialist technology consultancy before joining Reuters as a global business manager in their institutional equities division overseeing and developing a portfolio of information and trading products.

Kevin then returned to advising tier-1 banks and buyside institutions on data governance, business process outsourcing, compliance and information management. Kevin’s last role in London was that as a technical adviser for the MiFID II regulations implementation at a major UK wealth manager.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from the University of Auckland and has completed numerous post graduate courses in finance and psychology.

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Yoram Michaelis: Managing Partner – EMEA

Yoram is the managing partner heading transaction advisory services and investment banking business based out of our Tel Aviv office.

He is a specialist in information technology related M&A, corporate development and strategic advisory. Yoram is a visionary entrepreneur and M&A specialist.

He has around 32 years of experience in senior leadership building businesses, handling corporate and client leadership roles. Yoram also manages extensive C-level relationships at European, Asia Pacific and Israeli companies in finance, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, communications and insurance sectors. He is considered an industry thought leader in technology M&A in Israel.

Prior to this, he was the president of NessPRO and executive vice president at Ness Technologies, currently a Citigroup investment subsidiary.

Yoram handled corporate strategy and M&A related activities consummating transactions across Europe, Asia and the Americas. He currently advises technology enterprises looking to expand their M&A, software distribution, strategic planning and global expansion.