Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens
Chief Executive Officer

Co-founder of Blackstar Capital Partners and is responsible for fund advisory, deal structuring and additionally is a board member of LFP I SICAV SIF S.A. Mr Stephens has 16 years’ experience in the financial industry executing trades in multiple asset classes, hedging asset portfolios and originating structured solutions for proprietary positions with Nomura Asset Management, Vantage Capital Markets and Melli Bank. Mark entered the commodity and commodity trade finance markets in 2007 initially in a financing, structuring and origination capacity. Mr Stephens holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Daniel McGrath

Daniel McGrath
Chief Operating Officer

Co-founder of Blackstar Capital Partners and is responsible for Deal origination and Structuring. Mr McGrath has extensive experience as a solicitor for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP, representing international banks, private equity firms and global corporations in relation to energy and infrastructure projects. Mr McGrath was also Senior Legal Counsel for Challenger Financial Services Group Ltd advising on acquisitions and divestments for the Challenger Infrastructure Fund and on the establishment of the Challenger/Mitsui Emerging Markets Infrastructure Fund. Mr McGrath holds a BA/LLB from Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Arts from Cambridge University.

Frances Walsh

Frances Walsh
Head of Trade Finance, Blackstar Trade Finance Limited

Frances is a highly experienced structured trade financier with comprehensive knowledge of and extensive practical experience in providing finance within the international trade sector. Frances’ expertise encompasses traditional trade finance, factoring and forfaiting in the export markets. This experience is complemented by a strong legal background and 25 years’ exposure to the international banking and finance markets, having held senior positions with UK-based firms London Forfeiting Company, BCI Soditic Trade Finance Company, Fairfax Gerrard and Trade Finance Partners Limited, latterly as Structured Finance Director.

Andy Sweeney

Andy Sweeney
Head of Capital Markets

Andy has 17 years of experience in Capital Markets, having spent time in bond syndication at Citigroup, Royal Bank of Canada and Mizuho. After that, he spent three years in alternative finance, helping to establish one peer-to-peer lender whilst more latterly advising others on their approach to market.

With a keen eye for structuring opportunities, Andy’s clients have included governments, banks and corporates around the world as a banker. The last 18 months has been focussed upon trade finance and receivable opportunities, with a focus upon exploiting sectors where risk is mis-priced in the investor’s favour.

Sudeb Sarbadhikary

Sudeb Sarbadhikary
Head, MENA Region

Sudeb Sarbadhikary has more than 20 years of work experience in the Financial Services and Banking Industry. Having worked for a wide range of leading finance organisations, including HSBC, ABN Amro Bank & WestLB. His work has primarily been concentrated in the emerging markets of India and the Middle East.

From 2010 to 2014 Sudeb he was responsible for successfully establishing a startup and growing a Non-Banking Finance Company in India, a joint-venture with Punjab National Bank (one of the largest public sector banks in the country). As CEO of India Factoring and Finance Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (IFFL), he was responsible for establishing the company, laying down basic procedures and subsequently developing the business. He was instrumental in building an asset portfolio of approximately INR 10bn spread over 300 clients. The company was to prove profitable from its first full year of operation and was to be backed with a credit rating of ‘A1’ by ICRA on a standalone basis.

David Hall

David Hall
Chief Investment Officer, Blackstar Asset Management

David is Chief Investment Officer and oversees Blackstar’s portfolio management activities. Prior to founding the firm, David was the chief investment officer for a Swiss-based family office. David has worked across all asset classes and has been central to outlining and implementing investment strategy, including manager research for private equity, hedge funds and long only funds across all listed markets. He also worked as an investment adviser for Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management where he specialized in providing investment advice to UK and Irish private clients, charities and pension schemes.

David was educated at University College Dublin, where he received his BBL Honoursin Business & Law

Morgan Metters

Morgan Metters
Chief Operating Officer, Blackstar Asset Management

Morgan is Chief Operating Officer and manages the non-investment side of the business. Previously Morgan was chief operating officer and co-founder of Kimura Capital – a commodity trade finance fund. He has more than 25 years’ experience in financial markets, holding senior positions in corporate hedging and structuring, investment products, proprietary trading and risk management. Previously, Morgan worked in commodity derivatives at Morgan Stanley and was head of commodity structuring at UBS where he led the team responsible for development and distribution of commodity investor products.

Morgan completed a Masters of Science degree in Finance at London Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Hertfordshire

Laurie Pinto

Laurie Pinto
Consultant

Laurie pinto has had a long and distinguished career in banking with cross border investment and structuring being his leading edge. He starting in the banking industry in the early 80s and has worked in a variety of senior roles. More recently he has been involved with building and then selling his interest in his investment business to Everbright SHK. Laurie’s current focus is on structuring and the optimisation of capital in transactions so as to create value where he sees undervalued and misunderstood assets.

Nick Warshaw

Nick Warshaw
Finance

Nick is responsible for the finance and reporting functions of the business. Nick is a widely travelled finance professional with over 40 years experience in his field. Nick has worked in various roles for major organisations such as Price Waterhouse, American Express and Norton Industries. Nick was also a Senior Director of an international oil trader with offices in Geneva, Amsterdam and Singapore; a company with annual turnover in excess of $6bn. Nick was responsible for the reporting and tax function and had the sole responsibility of winding the group from 2008. Nick holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of London and an MBA from City University London and holds an international Oil Trading-Princeton Oxford Certificate. He is also used to working in French, German and Dutch.