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Associate Fellows

Our Associate Fellows are senior practitioners with extensive experience in private equity and investment banking. They contribute to Oxford Saïd courses, the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab and the Private Equity Forum. Our Associate Fellows also support and develop case studies, models and lecture materials which contribute to our teaching, connecting theory with practice. In addition to this, they connect students with private equity firms and investment banks through sponsorship of challenges and networking events.

Stefano Beschi, Managing Director, M & A Healthcare, Rothschild

Stefano Beschi is a Managing Director within the Rothschild Healthcare team, with a focus on pharmaceuticals. Stefano has advised many clients from around the world on transactions ranging from cross-border transactions, PE buyouts, public and private buy and sell sides as well as IPOs. Stefano's key transactions include: the acquisition of Rottapham by Meda (2014), the disposal of Actavis' Western European commercial operations to Aurobindo (2014), the acquisition of Veropharm by Abbott (2014), the IPO of Mediwound on the NASDAQ (2014), the disposal of Doc Generici to Charterhouse (2013), the IPO of Kamada on the NASDAQ (2013), the disposal of Fougera to Novartis (2012) and the acquisition of Aenova by BC Partners (2012). 

Stefano has a degree in Business Administration from Universita Cattolica in Milano, Italy.

Stefano is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He develops and lectures finance and investment cases for students participating in the Oxford Chicago Valuation Programme, Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, and MBA and MFE programme elective courses.

Matteo Botto Poala, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Matteo Botto Poala is a Managing Director in the Infrastructure Investment Group of Goldman Sachs and serves on the Investment Committee of the infrastructure funds managed by the firm. The funds have raised over $10 billion of equity capital for investments in infrastructure companies around the globe. Prior to joining this group in 2005, Matteo was a member of the Structured Finance team within the Financing Group. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 as an analyst and was named a managing director in 2012.

Matteo serves as a Director on the boards of Atlantia S.p.A. (a global toll road and airport operator publicly listed in Italy), Redexis Gas S.A. (a Spanish gas transmission and distribution company), and Elenia Lampo Oy (a Finnish district heating provider).

Matteo earned a degree in business administration at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, in 2001.

Matteo is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He develops and lectures finance and investment cases for students participating in the Oxford Chicago Valuation Programme, Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, and MBA and MFE programme elective courses. 

Denis Coleman, Head of EMEA Credit Finance, Goldman Sachs

Denis is head of EMEA Credit Finance at Goldman Sachs. He is co-chair of the Firmwide Capital Committee and serves on the Firmwide Risk Committee, the GS Bank USA Management Committee and the GS International Bank Management Committee. Denis also serves on the Investment Banking Division Operating Committee. From 2007 to early 2008, Denis was a member of the firm’s Credit Markets Capital Committee. From 2008 to 2011, he was a member of the firm’s Partnership Committee. 

Denis joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 as a financial analyst in the Investment Banking Division (IBD). In 1998, he transferred to Capital Markets in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. Denis returned to IBD in 2005 and became co-head of Loan Capital Markets. In 2008, he was named co-head of Leveraged Finance. Denis became a Vice President in 2001 and was named Managing Director in 2005 and Partner in 2008.

Denis is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He develops and lectures finance and investment cases for students participating in the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, and MBA and MFE programme elective courses. He supports student networking and career mentoring.

Luis Mota Duarte, Head of M & A, Sonae Group

Luis Mota Duarte joined Sonae Group, a Portuguese based listed retail group with a market capital of c.€2.5bn, in May 2014 and runs the M & A team. Luis spent 14 years in London prior to this, most recently as a Director at Bridgepoint’s Buyout team. He has also worked at Salomon Smith Barney, Goldman Sachs, and GE's European Business Development team. His experience includes the acquisition, funding, restructuring and refinancing of several businesses in various sectors, countries, structures and size ranges.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD, was awarded the CFA charter and has an MSc in Business Management from Universidade Católica Portuguesa. 

Luis is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He develops and lectures finance and investment cases for students participating in the Oxford Chicago Valuation Programme, Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, and MBA and MFE programme elective courses.

Jack Edmondson, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Oxford University Endowment Management

Jack Edmondson is Deputy Chief Investment Officer at OUEM Ltd, Oxford University’s Endowment Management office. He works across geographies and asset classes making investments for the long-term growth of the University’s capital.

Prior to Oxford, he worked in investment at Merrill Lynch and Exponent Private Equity, and in consulting at McKinsey & Company.

Outside OUEM, Jack is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and is a member of the School’s Private Equity Institute Advisory Board.

Jack is a CFA charter holder, has an MBA with Distinction from the University of Oxford where he won the JP Morgan Prize for Finance and has a first class degree in history from Durham University, where he was a University Scholar.

Hamish Grant, Partner, Bridgepoint

Hamish works for Bridgepoint, a pan-European mid-market private equity firm. Since joining Bridgepoint in 1999, Hamish has worked in deal teams in London, Stockholm and Frankfurt and led Bridgepoint’s Capital Markets team. He currently co-heads Bridgepoint’s Investor Relations team. Hamish has worked on numerous investments across Europe including Smyk, Pets at Home, Dorna, Diaverum, Aenova, Pret A Manger, Terveystalo, TüvTurk, LGC, Care UK and Nordic Cinema Group.

Prior to Bridgepoint, Hamish worked in leveraged finance at Deutsche Bank. Before that, he read PPE at Christ Church from 1992 to 1995.

Hamish is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and has been involved in the Bridgepoint Challenge for the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab for over four years.

James Hartop, Partner, Centerview Partners

James Hartop has over 20 years of experience across global M & A, equity and debt capital markets.

His transaction experience spans the globe and different industries, with involvement in a number of landmark transactions including Anglo American’s response to an unsolicited merger proposal from Xstrata; the $8 billion demerger of Mondi; Anglo American’s acquisition of 40% of De Beers for $5.1 billion; and the 2007 merger of Reuters Group plc and the Thomson Corporation to create the first dual-listed company between the UK and Canada.

James was previously at UBS where he spent nearly 20 years and held a variety of roles including Head of Investment Banking in EMEA and Head of the Global Industrials Group in EMEA.

He holds BA and MA degrees from Trinity College, Oxford University.

James is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He develops and lectures finance and investment cases for students participating in the Oxford Chicago Valuation Programme, Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, and MBA and MFE programme elective courses. 

Dimitrios Iroidis, Director, M & A Healthcare, Rothschild

Dimitris Iroidis is a Director and the Team Leader of the Healthcare team at Rothschild. He has been involved in a number of transactions worldwide including the disposal of Actavis Western European operations to Aurobindo, the sale of Medreich to Meiji Seika Pharma and the sale of Doc Generici to Charterhouse. Dimitris is currently focused on the pharmaceutical sector and is involved in a number of private sector sell-side and buy-side mandates as well as corporate carve-outs and mergers. He joined Rothschild from PWC, where he worked and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Dimitris has a degree in Economics from the University of Manchester and an MPhil in Finance from the University of Cambridge.

Stefano is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He develops and lectures finance and investment cases for students participating in the Oxford Chicago Valuation Programme, Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, and MBA and MFE programme elective courses.

Elias Korosis, Partner, Hermes GPE

Elias Korosis is a Partner at Hermes GPE and is responsible for overseeing their innovation-led growth investing globally as well as their investment strategy function, which includes global markets research, portfolio construction and exploring new areas in private markets. He is the portfolio manager of the Hermes GPE Environmental Innovation Fund, a specialist growth equity/venture capital fund focused on sustainable growth. He joined Hermes GPE in 2011 and is a member of the Hermes GPE Investment and Management Committees.

Previously Elias was a Manager in research functions at Bridgewater Associates and held several roles with Citigroup CIB initially with Schroder Salomon Smith Barney’s M&A team. Elias is an executive education alum of Oxford Saïd (CIPEI), holds an MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Economics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. Elias is a member of the 25th cohort of the Programme for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School.

Valeria Rebulla, Director, KKR Capital Markets

Valeria Rebulla is responsible for Risk Management for KKR Europe. She is a member of the Global Risk Committee and European Portfolio Management Committee, sits on the Boards of various European KKR entities including KKR Alternative Investment Management, KKR Credit Advisors Ireland and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co LLP and co-chairs the KKR Inclusion and Diversity Advisory team.

Prior to assuming responsibility for Risk Management, Valeria was part of the KKR Capital Markets team where she played an instrumental role in arranging numerous debt and equity financings for KKR acquisitions and portfolio companies, as well as financings for third parties.

Valeria began her career in London at Goldman Sachs in 1999, initially in the M&A and Corporate Finance Advisory Team, and subsequently in Venture Capital (then “GS Ventures”), before moving into Leveraged Finance where she spent most of her career.  

She holds a BSc in International Economics and Finance, summa cum laude, from L. Bocconi University, Italy.

Valeria is an Associate Fellow at the Said Business School, University of Oxford.  She develops and lectures on debt and equity finance and investment cases for students participating in the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab.

Roopesh Shah, Managing Director, Global Head of Debt Advisory and Restructuring, Goldman Sachs 

Roopesh Shah joined Goldman Sachs in 2006, prior to which he was a Director in the Restructuring Group of Miller Buckfire & Co. and a Vice President in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Wasserstein Perella & Co, each based in New York. He has worked on numerous restructuring assignments, distressed mergers and acquisitions, asset sales and cross-border restructuring issues. Roopesh has also been involved in numerous DIP and exit financings for companies and several ‘rescue’ financings for distressed clients.

He received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Roopesh is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He develops and lectures finance and investment cases for students participating in the Oxford Chicago Valuation Programme, Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, and MBA and MFE programme elective courses.

Claudio Vescovo, Investment Director, Glennmont

Claudio Vescovo has a broad experience in the renewable energy sector, having operated both as an equity investor and a project financier since 2007. At Glennmont he covers private equity investments across 4 different technologies (wind, solar photovoltaic, biomass and small-scale hydro) throughout Europe. Claudio has lead investments in excess of €500mln to date. Prior to joining the fund, he worked with BNP Paribas and Fortis Bank, covering renewable energy and conventional power projects in Western and Eastern Europe. He started his career at KPMG Advisory in Milan.

Claudio sits in the Scientific Committee of the Master in Management of Energy and Renewables Sources of Sole 24 Ore Business School.

He has a Masters Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Venice.

Claudio is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He develops and lectures finance and investment cases for students participating in the Oxford Chicago Valuation Programme, Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, and MBA and MFE programme elective courses.

Emma Watford, Partner and Head of Business Services Sector, Bridgepoint

Emma currently sits on the boards of Estera and Hobbycraft. Recent transactions include the acquisitions of Estera, Quilter and Cheviot and the exits of Quilter Cheviot, Pets at Home and Bridgepoint's minority residual stake in Safestore plc.

Prior to joining Bridgepoint, Emma was a director of Candover Partners and before that, she worked at Morgan Stanley in mergers and acquisitions.

She holds a first class Masters degree in Chemistry from Oxford University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Emma is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is involved in the Bridgepoint Private Equity Challenge, which is part of the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab.

 

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