Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens
CEO Blackstar

Mark is a director of BSAM and co-founder of the Blackstar Group and is responsible for fund advisory and deal structuring. Mark is a member of the BSAM Investment Committee. Mark 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.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Frances Walsh

Frances Walsh
Head of Structuring

Frances is head of structuring and member of the BSAM Investment Committee. Frances is a highly experienced financial structurer with a comprehensive knowledge of and extensive practical experience 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. She has 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.

Frances holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Exeter.

Andy Sweeney

Andy Sweeney
Head of Capital Markets

Andy is responsible for credit and creating investible asset structures and is a member of the BSAM Credit Committee. Prior to joining Blackstar, Andy worked to establish an asset-backed peer-to-peer lending platform as well as advising a trade finance fund on a securitization structure. Before that, Andy worked in bond syndication at Mizuho and RBC and structured several innovative deals for borrowers and took the lead role in working with regulators during the Global Financial Crisis. His role at those banks was to advise governments, corporates and financials on strategic borrowing on both a secured and an unsecured basis. Andy began his career at Citibank working on providing short-term debt, with a particular focus on ABS structures.

Andy holds an MA(Hons) in Law from Downing College, University of Cambridge.

Sudeb Sarbadhikary

Sudeb Sarbadhikary
Head of MENA, Blackstar

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 & West LB. His work has primarily been concentrated in the emerging markets of India and the Middle East. From 2010 to 2014, he was responsible for successfully establishing a start-up and growing a Non-Banking Finance Company in India, a joint-venture with Punjab National Bank. As CEO of India Factoring and Finance Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (IFFL), he was responsible for establishing the company, and subsequently building an asset portfolio of approximately INR 10bn spread over 300 clients.

Sudeb has an MBA from the University of Delhi and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology.

David Hall

David Hall
Chief Investment Officer, Blackstar Asset Management

David is Chief Investment Officer of BSAM and serves on the Investment Committee and Board of Directors, overseeing Blackstar’s investment and advisory 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 Honours in Business & Law.

Morgan Metters

Morgan Metters
Portfolio Manager

Morgan is a Portfolio Manager of BSAM and serves on the Credit Committee and Board of Directors. Previously, Morgan was chief operating officer of Kimura Capital – a commodity trade finance fund. He has more than 25 years’ experience in financial markets, holding senior positions in corporate hedging, structuring, investment products, proprietary trading and risk management. Prior to that, 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 holds 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.

Julian Heaven

Julian Heaven
Associate

Before joining Blackstar Capital, Julian held intern positions at both Blackstar Capital and at the top ten global accounting network, Nexia International. In these roles, Julian was charged with the responsibility of producing financial market analysis and reporting directly to both the CEO of Blackstar and Nexia International.

Julian has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Economics, from the University of York, England. He specialised in the structuring and regulation of financial markets. Julian furthered his studies in emerging markets, studying an MA in International Relations at The University of Sussex, England.

Nick Warshaw

Vincent Walker
Portfolio Manager

Vincent has over fifteen years’ experience working on structured finance desks at investment banks in London. He has structured, executed and managed multi-million-pound transactions in jurisdictions across Europe, backed by a wide variety of asset classes.

Prior to joining BSAM, Vincent spent eight years as a Portfolio Manager at NatWest Markets. His role was initially to identify, analyse and provide recommendations for facilities inherited from a recent acquisition of the bank. He then restructured and/or unwound those exposures to improve the bank’s capital position and meet its strategic objectives. More recently, he was responsible for helping to build and manage a book of challenger ABS originator clients via warehousing facilities with ultimate capital market exits.

Vincent hold a Bachelor of Applied Economics (Hons) and Diploma in Finance, both from Massey University, New Zealand.

Nick Warshaw

Mark Flanagan
Group Chief Operating Officer

Mark is COO at BSAM and manages both corporate and fund related operational activities.

Mark has 25 years financial services experience in particular with regards to advising on governance, operational due diligence and structuring to attract and support institutional investors across all asset classes.

Mark has worked in senior roles in Aon’s Investment team within Operational Due Diligence, as a Director in the Risk, Structuring and Operations team with AXA Investment Managers and as Deputy Head of Cayman National Fund Services in the Cayman Islands with oversight of assets in excess of $1.5 trillion.

Mark is a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants In Ireland (FCA).