Ashley Pover is the owner and CEO of Met Zurich LLP and has over 32 years of experience in the finance arena and of running major businesses. Coming from a specialist military background Mr. Pover began working for Hoare Govett in the early 1980’s where he founded their secondary Eurobond broking business. In 1987 Mr. Pover joined Cantor Fitzgerald where he swiftly established Cantor Fitzgerald as the leading Interdealer Broker of the day. As a Managing Director he also forged Cantor’s into the number one on screen broker of European Government Bonds. In 1996 Mr. Pover moved to Canada as CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald Canada. In this role he established businesses in Swaps Options Provincials and Money Markets. He also created Cantor Direct, the interactive US Treasury Platform and oversaw the acquisition and integration of ‘Freedom Bondbrokers’. After 14 years at Cantor’s Mr. Pover founded and ran several other non-financial businesses. Additionally, Mr Pover spent 2 years at Dexion Capital where he managed the Sales and Marketing of Closed End Listed Fund of Funds. In 2009 Mr. Pover founded Met Zurich as an Investment Strategy and Fixed Income Brokerage house. He has also overseen the firms’ expansion into a Specialist Structured Finance providing capital solutions for a diverse range of institutional clients.
Stuart Aylward has 21 years of experience in the financial and capital markets with tenures at major Japanese, German and US investment banks with residences in Asia, Europe and the US. Mr. Aylward established the Structured Finance of Met Zurich LLP and is the Company’s Chief Operating Officer & Co-Head of Real Estate Finance providing capital solutions for its clients. Prior to joining Met Zurich LLP Mr. Aylward was a Director and debt origination & syndication specialist for Wells Fargo Securities International Limited within their European Debt Capital Markets and Syndicate team in London. Mr. Aylward has experience in raising public and private capital in $’s, €’s, £ & ¥ for Financial Institutions, Corporates, Sovereigns, Agencies and Supranationals. Distribution experience covers both institutional and retail investors in the US, Europe and Asia. Product knowledge is diverse and spans the capital stack from senior plain vanilla public offerings to heavily structured and subordinated transactions, corporate loans to High Yield and ABS. Issuer experience has ranged from AAA to single B (& unrated), multinational public companies to privately owned firms. Mr. Aylward worked at WestLB as an Executive Director in London for 8 years with a 3 year spell in New York working on USPP’s. Prior to that Mr. Aylward spent 3 years working for Daiwa Capital Markets Europe. Mr. Aylward received a B.A. Honours degree from Napier University in Edinburgh (Scotland).
Karim Karmali has 18 years of experience working for global financial institutions mainly within the structured finance space with experience in strategy, portfolio management, company acquisitions, providing funding lines and setting up new businesses. Karim is the Co-Head of Real Estate Finance for Met Zurich LLP. Prior to this role he was the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy for Kensington Mortgages Ltd having taken the company through a strategic overhaul, within its owner Investec plc, and then overseeing the sale to funds owned by Blackstone and TPG. Prior to Kensington Mr. Karmali spent over 4 years working for Investec Bank where he had several roles from Head of Strategy across Capital Markets, to running the New Business area where he helped drive Investec into new jurisdictions and asset classes. Additionally, Mr. Karmali helped set up an Institutional Sales team for the bank. Prior to joining Investec, Mr. Karmali worked for Lehman Brothers for 10 years most latterly as a Director within the Principal Finance team focused on originating assets through a number of different means such as purchasing loan portfolios, acquiring operating platforms, setting up new lenders and financing established lenders. Mr. Karmali is a qualified chartered accountant and received a B.Sc. Honours degree in Economics from Bristol University.
Jonathon Jackson has over 30 years of experience in the international capital markets having worked at major Japanese, European and UK financial institutions. Mr Jackson has recently returned to the UK after a 6 year placement in Asia with Daiwa Capital Markets, he was Head of Asian bond syndication where he conducted capital raising in A$ and US$ for both international and local credits. During the 10 years spent at Barclays Capital, he set up the UK RMBS trading desk before moving on to structured credit sales roles at WestLB and Fortis Bank covering the major investors in European and UK/Ireland. He has an extensive and diverse product knowledge because of the various roles he has held. Mr Jackson has a comprehensive understanding of the end to end processes needed in transactions and can assist clients in achieving their goals.
George Peech has spent the last 18 years working within the Real Estate and Investment Banking Markets. George is currently sourcing fresh opportunities and borrowers within the Real Estate Origination team for Met Zurich LLP. Prior to joining Met Zurich in early 2017, Mr Peech developed a hands-on understanding of property through a series of residential and commercial investments and developments in Italy, London and Johannesburg. His most recent project involved the purchase and redevelopment of an abandoned village in central Italy, for use as a boutique holiday destination. George previously spent four years in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs International with his time split between Leveraged Finance and the Leveraged Buyout Group. In LBO, Mr Peech’s focus was on sourcing investment opportunities for top-tier Private Equity clients, across all industries. George attended Newcastle University and completed various internal financial courses, whilst at Goldman Sachs.
Brett Townsend has worked in the financial markets for 21 years, and has been employed by Canadian, American, French, and Swiss institutions. He is currently under a consultancy agreement with Met Zurich LLP specializing in debt and derivative products. Mr Townsend’s previous experience with CIBC, TD Securities, and Bear Stearns was specializing in interest rate derivatives, and latterly structured credit products. He was a director in the founding team for the new CDC Marches London office (now Natixis London). Here Mr Townsend formed the marketing side of the balanced guaranteed swap operation, and ABS securitization sales/structuring team in London. Following CDC Mr Townsend joined Swiss Re CMA and established the UK sales and marketing operations for exotic interest rate derivative products for various EMTN programs. In his last two years at Swiss Re he worked for the Legacy Group, re-structuring and unwinding the balanced guaranteed swap and credit books. Mr Townsend graduated from Imperial College in London with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree Honours in Mechanical Engineering.
Robert Williamson has 18 years of capital markets experience working for Japanese, French, Canadian and Swiss institutions. He is currently working as a consultant and concentrates on providing advisory expertise on structuring debt and capital raising. Prior to working at Met Zurich, Mr Williamson worked primarily in interest rate derivatives and debt capital markets. Mr Williamson began his career at IBJ International (now Mizuho International) specialising in EMTN new issuance, later moving to CDC IXIS Capital Markets (now Natixis), TD Securities and UBS marketing third party new issues swaps to wholesale and investment banking customers in the Far East, Europe and North America encompassing a large variety of structures. He has a strong background in multi-asset derivatives structuring and marketing of products targeted to both institutional and retail customers. Mr Williamson was awarded a BA Hons degree from the University of Southampton and additionally is a graduate of The College of Law (now The University of Law).
Thomas Colucci has 25 years of experience in financial services, working at a senior level at institutions such as Credit Suisse, Bear Stearns (J.P. Morgan), and Tradition. Thomas founded Met Zurich's Special Situations team in 2017, where he and his team work to originate, structure, and execute select transactions on behalf of select clients. Special Situations has a particular focus on venture stage technology companies - operating in verticals such as Cybersecurity, B2B SaaS, and FinTech - but with a broad remit that also covers areas such as various distressed situations. The Special Situations team seeks to align their interests with those of their clients and to act as a trusted advisor. Thomas was awarded a BA in Political Science and Literature from the University of Dayton.