Experts in their field
Chief Investment Officer,
Nicolas is Scipion Capital’s Founder and CIO. He oversees the investment processes for all of the firm’s strategies and is responsible for the development of all new products.
Nicolas has over three decades of experience in trade finance. After beginning his career with Credit Suisse in Switzerland, he worked at Midland Bank Plc’s Trade Finance subsidiary in Lausanne and London before joining Citicorp Investment Bank in London covering EMEA structured trade finance in 1984. He left Citibank in 1992 as CEO of their West Africa Head Office in Dakar having been headhunted to start DOC Finance, a merchant bank based in Geneva focused on trade finance in Emerging and Frontier Markets.
He returned to Africa seven years later as CEO of Standard Bank’s Congo-Kinshasa subsidiary, before joining Standard Chartered Grindlays in Switzerland two years later. Nicolas then spent 4 years with Barclays Private Bank in Switzerland managing a portfolio of African clients before setting up Scipion Capital.
Nicolas holds an MBA from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, is a non-exec director of AIM-listed Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc, and served as a Court Magistrate in Switzerland for many years. Nicolas is also a member of the Advisory Board to Global Trade Review, a leading Trade Finance industry publication.
Chief Operating Officer,
Ed is COO of the Scipion Group. He brings over fifteen years’ experience in the hedge fund industry, most recently at IMM Group, a Dubai based Investment Manager, where he setup and managed a GCC hedge fund, seeded by Mizuho Financial Services, the banks first investment in the Middle East. Previously Ed was a Partner at MENA Capital Ltd, a UK based hedge fund, where he joined at its inception and oversaw all aspects of the business outside the management of the portfolio, including developing and implementing internal policies, producers and internal controls and managing the firm’s and the funds’ 3rd party service providers.
Ed was instrumental in the successful launch of the first MENA hedge fund, growing assets by 500% over the first three years. Ed reported to both the Fund Board and the Board of Directors of the investment management company, providing updates on fund and business operational issues. Priors including Balfour Capital, a Japanese Focused hedge fund, Aviva Asset Management, Bank of New York and Bear Stearns.
Ed reports to Scipion’s Board of Directors and manages all aspects of the business outside the management of the portfolio, he has a Masters in Finance from the London Business School and is a MFTA (Master Financial Technical Analyst).
Angus was appointed General Counsel of the Scipion Group in March 2018. He brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience as a senior finance and transactional lawyer, having acted as lead lawyer on a wide range of financings and international projects, with a particular focus on mining and resources. Angus was formerly General Counsel of the private mining group, Zamin and also General Counsel of the global trading group, Gerald Metals. Angus was also a Partner at the Australian law firm Chambers & Company, operating out of Melbourne, Perth and Beijing and a finance lawyer with law firms Mayer Brown and Clifford Chance in London, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.
Angus has both an Arts and a Law degree from Monash University, Melbourne and is qualified to practice law in Australia and England
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Regional Head Francophone Africa,
Christopher L. Rogers is Scipion’s Regional Head of Francophone Africa and independent credit oversight officer. Based in Rabat, Morocco Chris has more than 40 years’ experience of working in Africa – having held senior positions in the banking sector and developed high profile joint venture projects in countries across the African continent. Chris started his career at Citibank as the senior country manager in Kinshasa, Libreville and Dakar, in the corporate, merchant and private banking sectors with a specific focus on public and private sector credit. At the time of his departure from Citibank, Christopher was Africa Global Market Manager, Private Banking, for Citibank’s Paris and Johannesburg operations and in total spent a total of 27 years with the Bank.
Throughout the 2000s, Chris held a number of senior private banking positions at Banque Belgolaise in Johannesburg and Credit Suisse in Geneva.
Christopher holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a BA in International Relations from Washington College. He is also an non-executive director of Scipion Capital Ltd. Christopher is bilingual in English-French and has working knowledge of Lingala and Wolof.
Senior Counsel – Trade Finance,
Mark is Scipion’s Senior Legal Counsel and brings with him over 15 years of legal experience in the banking and finance sector. Mark started his career at Clifford Chance before moving to White & Case acting as lead associate in the firm’s structured finance practice (both cash and synthetic transactions), traditional capital markets programmes and stand-alone issuances, repacks, future flow receivable transactions and general LMA and bespoke lending arrangements.
In 2005 Mark moved to Speechly Bircham LLP where he specialised in structured finance and banking, including post-credit crunch fund restructuring, fund related litigation and security enforcement on behalf of trusts.
In 2011 Mark was appointed legal counsel at Zamin, a mining and resources company, and in 2015 moved to Gerald Metals as Senior Legal Counsel where he focused on long-term structured advance payment contracts regarding copper and ferrous/precious metals.
Mark read law at Downing College, University of Cambridge.
Regional Head Southern Africa,
Cobus is Scipion’s Regional Head for Southern Africa and Group Agronomist. Based in Gaborone, Botswana Cobus project manages Scipion’s multi-layered agri-businesses.
Cobus began his career in the early 2000s as a farm manager in the Viljoenskroon district of South Africa, where he managed both the cattle and broiler business as well as over-sighting the farms planting programme of sunflower, sorghum, soya beans and peanuts. Having gained experience at this large commercial farm, he returned to the family farm to oversee upgrades on its poultry operation, comprising 81,000 chickens and on its cereal business. The latter involved a specific focus on crop cultivation over 900 hectares.
Cobus focused on soil fertilisation and yield potential, and the growth cycle in terms of weed control, plant health and pest control. He converted the farm to a “no-till” system in 2011.
In 2015 Cobus moved to North Pretoria to manage a large-scale piggery, before relocating his family to Gaborone to take up his role at Scipion. Cobus is a specialist in: crop production, no-till precision farming, pig, poultry and dairy production, agricultural business management and project planning and management.
Cobus graduated in 2001 from Agricultural College, Potchefstroom, and in 2011 obtained B. Technologie agricultural management – Cum Laude from Central University of Technology, Free State.
Director – Trade Finance,
Paul is Scipion’s Director – Trade Finance and has responsibility for generation and managing of trades. With more than 30 years of experience in trade finance, his career has focused on identifying, structuring and closing trade facilities that meet the financing needs of commodity traders and producers.
Paul joined Scipion from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Ltd (SMBC) where he was an Assistant General Manager in the Structured Trade and Commodity Finance Department.
Prior to SMBC he was for a number of years Director of Metals and Mining, Commodity Finance at West LB.
Paul is a senior and respected figure within the Trade Finance community, he brings to Scipion his cradle to grave experience and distinguished track record gained in a number of major international banks. He is a member of Scipion’s Investment, Recovery and ALCO Committees.
Director – Trade Finance,
Stephen is one of Scipion’s senior trade finance transactors and has over thirty years of experience in trade finance. Stephen began in banking at the National Westminster Bank and has spent his career at major international banks covering middle office, structured export finance, business development and global trade finance before joining Rand Merchant Bank of South Africa, in 2003 where he was responsible for creating and establishing the banks merchant banking presence in London. Before joining Scipion Stephen established the trade financing business for Europe Arab Bank plc.
Over the course of his career, Stephen has financed trades in over 100 countries around the globe, including much of Africa and the Middle East. He a respected senior member of the trade finance industry, receiving awards from his peers for innovative transactions and contributing to trade journals and conferences.
Director – Trade Finance,
Pepi brings 20 years of global experience on structuring commodity trade finance opportunities across the commodity spectrum. Prior to joining Scipion Capital Pepi was Head of Structured Finance and Commodity Finance at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp where he focused on origination and structuring of loan facilities for leading companies and traders in key emerging markets.
He has spent many years working with companies in Russia originating and structuring deals in the aluminium, coal and steel industry.
Pepi graduated with a degree in Pharmacology from Manchester University and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Vice President – Trade Finance,
Pierre joined Scipion’s London office in July 2015 as an analyst working with the trade desk having previously completed an internship in March. He assists the trade desk in arranging new transactions, managing the borrower through the life cycle of the trade, researching commodity markets and macroeconomic developments in Africa. He also works with the co-investors of Scipion’s lending platform Scipion African Opportunities.
Pierre finished his second Masters in Metals and Energy Finance at Imperial College London in June, 2015.
He had previously worked at Ernst & Young as a quantitative analyst for the Actuarial Services and in M&A with the Banking and Insurance team.
Pierre also holds a Degree in Financial Engineering an MSc.in Actuarial Sciences and Finance from the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne and an MSc. in Metals and Energy Finance from Imperial College London which he completed in June, 2015. Pierre is bilingual in French and English
Vice President – Trade Finance,
Fred joined Scipion in September, 2015 having spent the previous year interning at the London office whilst completing his Msci, Geology at Imperial College, London. Fred works with the COO and alongside the Transactors on settlement of Scipion’s trades and co-ordinates daily with the fund Administration on the monthly NAV reconciliation.
Fred’s studies required him to spend time in Zambia and Ireland working at Copper and Lead Zinc Mines.
His honours include “Cullis Testimonial strategy” which is awarded to the top mining student at Imperial and he was awarded a high first class honours for his final year dissertation.
Fred spent 18 months as an Officer Cadet in the University Officer Training Corps and was Captain of the successful Imperial College Royal School of Mines Rugby Team and is a Fellow of The Geological Society.
Head of Business Development,
Callum has joined Scipion as Head of Business Development after a rapid career progression in various client-focused roles. His involvement in selling began behind the counter at clothing stores Reiss and Jack Wills when working his way through Nottingham Law School. After graduation in June 2014, Callum went to work for recruitment firm Granite Search and Selection, cold calling in pursuit of new leads, presenting candidates and arranging interviews.
In April 2015, he moved to the trade body the Chilled Food Association, working as a part of a post-graduate team to recommend changes to the association’s website and related media.
After graduating from the Nottingham Business School in July 2015 Callum moved to Murano Connect, providing services to the investment management industry, initially as a senior analyst and team leader and from June 2017, as a senior associate responsible for global sales and business development. In this latter role, he had been directly responsible for bringing four new asset-manager clients on board.
Callum has an LLB in Law and a MSc from Nottingham Business School in Finance & Commodity Investment Law and is an avid football and rugby union fan.
Head of Operations,
Ian has joined Scipion as Head of Operations after a distinguished career during which he has worked with a number of globally recognised banks in the trade finance space. From 1990 to 1995, he worked in credits and loans at Bankers Trust Company in London before moving to MeesPierson bank, where he served as a credit and collateral management officer, later supervisor, until May 2000.
For two years, Ian worked at the London offices of Germany’s WestLB bank, as manager of the commodity control group, before moving to Hong Kong as head of credit and collateral management at Fortis Bank. In February 2007, Ian was appointed as global head of credit and collateral management at the bank, working in the Netherlands and London. In September 2009, Ian moved to Standard Chartered Bank in London, initially as head of the collateral management team for Europe and, from 2012 until the end of last year, as senior manager in its commodity transaction management unit.
Ian has a BTEC National Certificate in Business Studies.
Group Financial Controller,
Cathy joined Scipion in 2012 and is a bi-lingual financial assistant with many years’ experience in bookkeeping, payroll, cash management with specific skills in VAT return and year end accounts preparation. She has for a number of years worked in the Accounts Departments of large international Companies prior to joining Scipion Capital LLP as Accounts Officer before being promoted to Group Financial Officer in 2016.
Cathy works closely with Scipion’s COO on the accounting and operational aspects of both the management company and fund.
Cathy has a foundation degree standard in Accountancy, Business Management and Administration, with additional Business-related legal studies. Cathy is fluent in French, English and Lingala.