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. Dominic has led the majority of Alchemy's financial services transactions and established the Alchemy Special Opportunities activities.

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.

Ian Cash

Partner

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lan Cash has over 18 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 £1.4bn across three funds, the most recent of which closed on £600m in March 2014.  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.

Frits Prakke

Partner

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A Dutch national, Frits joined Alchemy in 2006 as a Partner to establish the Alchemy Special Opportunities business. He was previously at Bank of America where he was Head of European High Yield Capital Markets and also at Merrill Lynch and Citigroup.

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

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.

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.

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 Masters degree in Natural Science, specialising in Neuroscience, from Cambridge.

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.

Bob Hewson

Director

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Bob joined Alchemy as an Associate Director in 2007 and was made a Director in 2013.  Bob joined from Barclays Leveraged Finance where he was a Director in the Financial Sponsors and Mezzanine team, originating, executing and syndicating senior debt and mezzanine assets in private equity backed transactions.

He has degrees in both Law and Chemistry & Law from Exeter and is a Certified Chartered Accountant.

Ian Neill

Director

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Ian joined Alchemy as an Associate in 2010 and made 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 in 2008 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.  She was made a Director in 2015.

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.

Alex Dupée

Associate Director

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Alex joined Alchemy as an Associate in 2012 and was made an Associate Director in 2014.  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 Masters degree in physics from Oxford.

Matthias Gradischnig

Associate Director

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Matthias joined Alchemy as an Associate in September 2014 and was made an Associate Director in January 2016.  Matthias joined from McKinsey & Company, where he worked on a range of corporate strategy, operational turnaround and marketing and sales projects across a wide range of sectors, primarily in Europe and the Middle East.

He has a degree in Chemistry, with a focus on biochemistry and molecular biology, from Vienna University of Technology and an MBA from London Business School.
 

Hamish Goar

Associate

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Hamish joined Alchemy in 2017 from Sothic Capital Management, a special situations hedge fund, where he focused on distressed investing.  Prior to this Hamish was an investment banking analyst at Greenhill & Co.

He has a degree in economics from Durham and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. 

Ville Haussila

Associate

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Ville joined Alchemy in 2014 from The Boston Consulting Group where he worked on strategic and private equity advisory projects across a wide range of sectors, primarily in Northern and Central Europe.  Prior to this Ville worked as an analyst at Danske Markets Corporate Finance and Nordea Markets. 

He has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and a Masters in Finance from LSE.

John Messer

Associate

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John joined Alchemy in 2015 after completing an MBA at London Business School.  Whilst studying for this, he worked as an intern at Inflexion Private Equity and Goldman Sachs.  Prior to the MBA, John worked at A.T. Kearney focusing on merger integration and operational improvement projects for clients across a wide range of sectors, primarily in Western Europe.

He has a degree in Biological Anthropology from Cambridge.

Sam Rickards

Associate

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Sam joined Alchemy in 2016, following the completion of an MBA at London Business School.  He had previously worked as an intern at Alchemy in Q4 2015 as part of his MBA course.  Prior to the MBA, Sam spent three years at L.E.K. Consulting where he worked in corporate strategy across varying sectors and geographies. 

Sam has a degree from Imperial College London in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from London Business School. 

Martin Bolland

Founder

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Martin was a co-founder of Alchemy Partners and a Partner between 1997 and 2007. He is currently the Non-executive Chairman of Capita Group. Previously Chief Executive & Vice President of Finance within Lonrho Hotels, Martin began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

He has a BA 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.

Steve Bodger

Portfolio Consultant

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Steve is a Portfolio Consultant and has been working with Alchemy since 2000. Steve has extensive experience of financial and general management. From 1991-1999 he held various positions with TDG plc, latterly as Chief Executive of their European Logistics division. From 2000 to 2003, Steve was Finance Director of EWS, the UK freight railway. Outside Alchemy, Steve is a Non-executive director of two AIM listed companies, Armour Group plc (consumer electronics) and Work Group plc (specialist recruitment services).

He has a degree in Economics from Cambridge 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.

Julian Gething

Portfolio Consultant

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Julian is a Portfolio Consultant and has been working with Alchemy since 2013.  Julian has 29 years’ experience specialising in complex financial and operational restructurings, refinancings and M&A advisory.  He was previously a Partner at Talbot Hughes McKillop where he led several restructurings and refinancings, including the financial restructuring of Endeka Ceramics as Director and CRO.  Prior to this, Julian spent 15 years at Arthur Andersen, latterly as a Partner in Chicago.  Julian was appointed Chairman of Endeka Ceramics in December 2015.

He has a BA degree  from Newcastle University, a Masters in Management from London Business School and is a chartered accountant.

David Rimmer

Portfolio Consultant

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David is a Portfolio Consultant and has been working with Alchemy since 1999. Previously CEO of Unicorn International plc and a Divisional Managing Director in the Saint-Gobain Group, David has extensive experience especially in the engineering and chemicals sectors. He also worked for PA Management Consultants.

He has a degree in Economics and is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Gavin Loughrey

Senior Adviser

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Gavin is a Senior Adviser to Alchemy, having previously been a Partner until 2015. He joined Alchemy in 2001 from Apax Partners and made Partner in 2007, leading investments in the financial services, business services, leisure and retail sectors.

He has a degree in Economics from University College Dublin and is a Chartered Accountant.

Simon Oakland

Senior Adviser

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Simon is a Senior Adviser to Alchemy and Group Head of Corporate Development at Wolseley plc. Previously he was a Partner at Alchemy.  He joined from Nikko Principal Investments, the mid-market private equity arm of Nikko.  Prior to Nikko he was with Cazenove, CSFB and Accenture.  

He has a degree in Mathematics from Oxford and an MBA from Cranfield.

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.

Rob Patterson

Operations Assistant

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Rob joined Alchemy in 2016 from Duet Asset Management Limited, a multi-strategy asset manager, where he worked in the in-house legal and compliance team.  Prior to that he worked as a Financial Services Paralegal at Macfarlanes LLP.

Rob assists the operations team with their day-to-day responsibilities, with a particular focus on the operational and compliance aspects of transaction execution, and the investment and fund structures.

Rob has a degree in Politics from The University of Edinburgh and a post-graduate Diploma in Law and a Legal Practice Course qualification from BPP University Law School.

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 and holds the Investment Management Certificate.

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