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Lyn Austen

Lyn has worked in corporate finance for most of his life, originally starting as a broker before moving into mainstream M&A with a major public company where he led a number of high profile UK transactions.  He holds a degree in Business Studies and enjoys a particular interest in corporate work within the B2B and support services sectors.  Lyn joined Oasis in 2006 and is based in Reading.

Richard Baker

Richard, a Chartered Engineer, has worked in industry since leaving business school in 1969. He has held the positions of Chairman, CEO or executive board member of a number of public and privately owned businesses gaining extensive UK and international experience. He has extended his industry experience assisting growing businesses with finance raising and practical advice in a  wide range of markets including metals, public works construction, computer learning, book wholesaling, military textiles, service centre, electronics and dairy equipment. Living in South Devon, he is based at our Falmouth office.

Nicholas Bunn

Nick began his career as an analyst at a stockbroker within an investment bank in 1986, becoming a Member (now Fellow) of The Securities Institute in 1989. Between 1990 and 1999 he worked in the international debt capital markets, trading and issuing bonds. He then successfully completed an MBA specialising in Finance at CASS Business School in London before joining Oasis Europe in 2001. Nick has extensive experience of M&A work.

Steve Fernback

Steve is a Chartered Certified Accountant, who has in the last 25 years held the position of Finance Director in Retail, Automotive Engineering, Manufacturing and Property Search businesses. Steve has handled stock market flotations, MBO's, Private Equity inward investments, fund raisings and company sales. He has public company experience but has worked mainly in entrepreneurially led private businesses. He played a lead role in the trade sale of his last company and understands from a practical point of view the expectations and needs of buyers and business owners.

Catherine O'Riordan

Catherine has a Business Studies degree and following work in research and analysis with Arthur Andersen joined Oasis Europe in 1999.  She manages transactions in the transport, media and business services sectors as well as co-ordinating the activities of the UK and Australian offices of Oasis Europe.

John Willcox-Jones

John has worked in industry since 1972 holding management positions in sectors as diverse as building products, retail furnishing and horticultural machinery. During the early 1980s he was actively involved in the City advising companies on behalf of a number of stockbrokers and issuing houses in connection with stock market flotations and on the board of a number of public companies. He relinquished these appointments in 1984 to specialise in mergers and acquisitions work. He regularly lectures on Corporate Finance matters throughout the UK as well as in Europe and North America.

James Willcox-Jones

James has extensive experience of the third sector both in the UK and India with experience in building relationships and partnerships with major commercial organisations, the banking sector and individual high net worth philanthropists.  Whilst James didn't cut all ties with the charity world (he is a trustee of Future Hope, India) he brought the relationships and negotiation skills he gained through 10 years in the industry to the world of mergers & acquisitions.  James has recently completed transactions in the FMCG, digital and marketing sectors.  He is currently working on assignments in the oil & gas, medical and engineering sectors.

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