Dominic Slade

Managing Partner

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Dominic joined Alchemy in 1998, made Partner in 2001 and was elected Managing Partner of Alchemy in 2009. He has over 20 years of experience in restructuring and private equity. He has led numerous refinancings, restructurings and buyouts and has substantial board experience with investee companies. He was responsible for planning and executing the distressed strategy, culminating in the establishment of the Alchemy Special Opportunities business in 2006, which has since raised £2.3bn across four funds, and has been involved in all aspects since then.

Previously in investment banking at UBS, Dominic has a degree in Social & Political Sciences, an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard.

Thomas Boszko

Partner

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Tom joined Alchemy as an Associate Director in 2008 and made Partner in 2015.  Tom joined from TSYS Inc, where he was responsible for international M&A and corporate strategy. Prior to this he was a strategy consultant with L.E.K. Consulting, advising private equity clients in numerous sectors and geographies.

He has a Master's degree in Natural Science, specialising in Neuroscience, from Cambridge.

Ian Cash

Partner

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lan has over 24 years’ experience in European distressed debt and special opportunity investing.  He joined Alchemy in May 2006 to establish the Special Opportunities business which has since raised £2.3bn across four funds.  Prior to joining Alchemy, lan co-founded the Global Special Situations Group at Mizuho lnternational in 2002, a proprietary investment group focused on distressed securities.  Between 1998 and 2002 he was in a proprietary investing role at Salomon Brothers (latterly Salomon Smith Barney), investing in distressed debt.  Prior to this he was the principal European distressed analyst in the Global Loan Trading business of Citibank based in London.

Ian has a degree in Modern History from the University of Leeds.

Alex Leicester

Partner

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Alex joined Alchemy as an Associate Director in 2007 and made Partner in 2011. Alex came to Alchemy from Deloitte where he worked in the Restructuring Advisory team on a number of UK and European financial restructurings and turnarounds.

He has a degree in Mathematics from Oxford and is a Chartered Accountant.

Frits Prakke

Partner

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Frits has over 23 years of experience in the European credit markets and joined Alchemy in 2006 as a Partner to establish the Alchemy Special Opportunities business which has since raised £2.3bn across four funds. Prior to joining, Frits spent nine years in the high yield capital markets and leveraged finance teams at Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Salomon and Bank of America. He started his career in finance in 1994 at Citibank.

He has a degree from Nyenrode Business Universiteit and an MBA from IESE in Barcelona. He speaks Dutch, English, Spanish, French and German.

John Rowland

Partner, COO & CFO

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John joined Alchemy in 2006, was made COO and CFO in 2011 and became a Partner in 2014.  John joined from Hawkpoint Partners where he advised on mergers and acquisitions in the financial services and media sectors.  Prior to that he was part of KPMG’s Private Equity Group.

He has responsibility for Operations and Finance across the Alchemy group and associated funds, and is also the firm’s Compliance Officer.

John has a Human Sciences degree from Oxford and is a Chartered Accountant.

Toby Westcott

Partner

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Toby joined Alchemy as an Associate Director in 2008 and made Partner in 2015.  Toby joined from Hawkpoint Partners where he specialised in mergers and acquisitions in the financial services sector, advising Alchemy on several transactions. He was previously in Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton.

He has a degree in Mathematics from Warwick and is a Chartered Accountant.

Alex Dupée

Director

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Alex joined Alchemy as an Associate in 2012, was made an Associate Director in 2014 and was promoted to Director in 2018.  Alex joined from Lloyds Banking Group where he worked in group strategy and corporate development. Prior to this Alex was a strategy consultant with L.E.K. Consulting where he gained exposure to strategic and private equity advisory work across a wide range of sectors and geographies.

He has a Master's degree in physics from Oxford.

Matthias Gradischnig

Director

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Matthias joined Alchemy as an Associate in September 2014 and became a Director in 2018.  Matthias joined from McKinsey & Company, where he worked on a range of sectors in Europe and the Middle East.

He has a Master's degree in Chemistry from Vienna University of Technology and an MBA from London Business School.

Ian Neill

Director

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Ian joined Alchemy as an Associate in 2010 and became a Director in 2016.  Ian joined from Greenhill & Co., the independent investment bank, where he worked on a wide range of corporate advisory mandates.

He has a degree in Economics from Cambridge.

Sofia Ramos

Director

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Sofia joined Alchemy as an Associate Director in 2008 and became a Director in 2015.  She joined from Citigroup where she focused on distressed debt and special opportunities investments in the telecom, media and energy sectors. Before that, Sofia was a Credit Research Analyst for PIMCO in London and an Equity Research Analyst for BPI in Portugal.  

A Portuguese national, Sofia has a degree in Economics from the University of Porto, an MSc in Finance from London Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Matteo Rattighieri

Associate Director

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Matteo joined Alchemy as an Associate in 2017 and was promoted to an Associate Director in 2019.  Matteo was previously with The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked for six years, initially in Milan and latterly in London. 

He has a degree in Management and Business Administration and a Master's in Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting from Bocconi University in Milan, and an MBA from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Cody

Associate

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Chris joined Alchemy in 2018, and is focused on the control portfolio.  He was previously with Ernst & Young where he worked for six years across the business modelling, quantitative analytics and audit departments in the firm’s Financial Services business.

Chris has a degree in Physics from Oxford and is a Chartered Accountant.

Dominic Gerster

Associate

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Dominic joined Alchemy in 2019 as an Associate. He had previously worked at Alchemy as an intern in the summer of 2018 as part of his MBA course. Prior to this, Dominic spent 3 years at OC&C Strategy Consultants advising private equity and corporate clients on strategy and M&A activity, as well as 2 years at Goldman Sachs trading European Equities.

Dominic has a first class degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He speaks German, English and Spanish.

Florian Herbst

Associate

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Florian joined Alchemy in 2019 from L.E.K. Consulting where he was a strategy consultant, gaining exposure to strategic and private equity advisory work across a wide range of sectors and geographies. 

Florian has a degree in International Management from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and a degree in Land Economy from Cambridge.

Nick Knudsen

Associate

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Nick joined Alchemy in 2019. Nick previously worked at G Square Capital, where he was an Associate in their investment team, focusing on high-growth healthcare companies in Europe. Prior to that Nick spent three years at Temasek, working on public and private equity investments across a range of sectors.

Nick graduated with a first class degree in Economics from University College London.

Franco Monzani

Associate

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Franco joined Alchemy in 2018, following the completion of an MBA at London Business School.  He had previously worked as an intern at Alchemy in the summer of 2017 as part of his MBA course.  Prior to the MBA, Franco spent three years at Growthpoint Technology Partners, a boutique investment bank focused on the technology sector, working on M&A.  He previously spent two years as an analyst at Barclays.  

Franco has a degree in Economics from the University of San Andrés, Buenos Aires and a Master’s in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.

Matteo Scattola

Associate

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Matteo joined Alchemy in 2019 as an Associate. He was previously with the Boston Consulting Group, initially in Milan and subsequently in London. While at BCG he worked on strategy projects and private equity transactions across a wide range of industries and geographies.

Matteo holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Durham University, an MSc with Distinction in Economic Policy from University College London, and an MBA from the London Business School.

Martin Bolland

Founder / Senior Adviser

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Martin was a co-founder of Alchemy Partners and a Partner between 1997 and 2007.  He now acts as a senior adviser, supporting the development of the firm.  He was also the Non-Executive Chairman of Capita Group from 2010 to 2016.  Previously he was Chief Executive & Vice President of Finance within Lonrho Hotels, and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Martin has a degree in Economics from Cambridge and is a Chartered Accountant.

Robert Barnes

Founder / Consultant

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Robert was a Partner at Alchemy from 1997 until 2007. He has over 20 years' experience working with troubled companies, including private equity experience at Apax. Robert co-ordinates and liaises with the Indian Development Capital Fund.

He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Leeds and is a Chartered Accountant.

Paul Bowtell

Portfolio Consultant / Senior Adviser

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Paul is a Portfolio Consultant and Senior Adviser, who has been working with Alchemy since 2016. Paul has over 25 years of experience, holding senior financial positions across a range of sectors. He was previously the CFO of GVC Holdings PLC, Europe’s largest sports betting and gaming company, having been CFO of Ladbrokes Coral before its acquisition by GVC. Paul has held a number of non-executive roles and is currently Chairman of two Alchemy portfolio companies.  He also now acts as a senior adviser, supporting the firm’s oversight of Alchemy’s portfolio companies.

Paul has a degree in Classics from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Paul Bridges

Portfolio Consultant

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Paul joined Alchemy as a Partner in 1999 and became a Portfolio Consultant in 2008. Prior to Alchemy, Paul held a wide variety of senior positions within the Lonrho Group, including four years as Group Finance Director of Lonrho's £250 million turnover Printing and Publishing division. Paul has executed and monitored numerous investments for Alchemy.

He holds a degree in Finance with Accounting and is a Chartered Accountant.

Ian Goulding

Portfolio Consultant

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Ian is a Portfolio Consultant and has been working with Alchemy since 2018. Ian has over 30 years of experience, holding senior financial positions within the hospitality sector. He was previously the co-founder and CFO of the QHotels group of companies where he oversaw both the financial and operational functions. During Ian’s tenure, QHotels achieved turnover of £200m and an EBITDA of c£50m before its sale to a property investment company in September 2017. Before this, Ian was the co-founder and CFO of the Paramount Group of Hotels. Ian has held a number of non-executive positions and is currently Chairman of two Alchemy portfolio companies.  

Ian has a first class degree in Mathematics from Leeds University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Thomas Neumann

Adviser

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Thomas, Managing Director of Tethys, has been an advisor to Alchemy in the German speaking countries (DACH) since 2018.

He has over 30 years’ experience working in private equity and the leveraged loan and restructuring markets in DACH and until 2018 headed Lincoln’s restructuring efforts in Germany following nine years as a Principal at Doughty Hanson and 20 years with Deutsche Bank.

Thomas has a degree in Economics from the University of Hagen and an MBA from the University of Wales.

Stefano Zavattaro

Adviser

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Stefano,  Managing Director of Heba Advisors, assists Alchemy’s origination efforts in Italy and France. He has over 25 years’ corporate finance experience and since 2013 has specialised in cross-border M&A and Private Equity transactions for Italian companies across a diverse range of sectors.  Between 2009 and 2012, Stefano was CEO of the Italian subsidiary of Crédit Agricole Private Equity (now Omnes Capital) where he raised and managed an Italian closed-ended fund, having previously spent five years working for a French Private Equity house, Siparex Group, running an Italian investment platform.   Prior to that he worked for General Electric, initially based in London focused on corporate M&A, before moving to Italy where he worked for its specialist corporate private equity arm, GE Equity. 

Stefano has a degree in Business Administration (with a major in Corporate Finance) from the Sapienza University of Rome and completed the Executive Corporate Finance Program at London Business School.  He is also a Chartered Accountant.

Jason Glass

Operations Manager

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Jason joined Alchemy in 2006 from Mizuho International where he was responsible for the distressed and special situations middle office functions. Prior to this Jason was responsible for the back and middle office functions of West LB’s emerging market trading and leveraged finance operations.

Nat Harper

Financial Controller

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Nat joined Alchemy in 2013 having spent the previous 6 years managing audit and advisory engagements for KPMG’s Private Equity Group.   Prior to that Nat trained as a Chartered Accountant with Feltons.

Nat is responsible for all financial reporting across Alchemy’s funds.

He has a Bachelor degree in Economics and Politics and is a Chartered Accountant.

Mala Kaushal

Group Finance Manager

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Mala joined Alchemy in 2000 from Vickers plc where she was Business Appraisal Executive involved in the review and evaluation of various capex, expenditure and bid proposals. She also worked for the BBC and KPMG.

She is currently responsible for the management company group accounts, having previously worked as Alchemy’s Investor Reporting Manager.

Mala has a degree in Chemistry with Management from Kings College London and is a Chartered Accountant.

Fiona Paton

Financial Assistant

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Fiona joined Alchemy in 1997 from Schroders where she supported the Corporate Finance teams.

She is currently responsible for the management accounts of the Alchemy group together with supporting implementation of the group’s HR, IT and property strategies.

Victoria Polyanskaya

Fund Accountant

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Victoria joined Alchemy in 2019 as a Fund Accountant. Prior to this, she worked at Barnes Roffe where she carried out a range of accountancy and audit services for a portfolio of clients. Victoria is a Chartered Accountant and has a first class degree in Management and Accountancy from Reading University.  

Emma Macfarlane

Investor Relations Manager

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Emma joined Alchemy in 2012 from Boyer Allan Investment Management, an emerging markets absolute return fund, where she led Investor Relations and Marketing.

She is responsible for all investor relations activities across Alchemy's funds.

Emma has a degree in French and Spanish from Bristol.

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