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TUSK Capital Management Limited - Andrew Irvine (Founder and CEO)

TUSK is a corporate finance advisory company, regulated by the FSA, which is focused on emerging and high growth markets, with associates based in several of the largest such markets.

Andrew Irvine is the CEO of TUSK Capital Management Limited (UK), a Managing Partner of TUSK Capital Russia LLC (Moscow) and Chairman of TUSK Holding (Switzerland). He set up TUSK Capital Management after having left Investec Bank (UK), prior to which he worked at AIG and Rand Merchant Bank. He has over 20 years of experience in trading, derivatives structuring and financial engineering having worked in various positions. He is a frequent participant at forums and summits related to finding sustainable solutions to a low carbon economy and is a regular commentator on emerging markets. He has a BComm Degree (Honors) in Finance from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a regular member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals (UKSIP). He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Noventus Partners - Mitch Freinberg and Tom Bayne (Founders and Directors)

Noventus is a corporate finance advisory firm, regulated by the FSA, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. It has particular expertise in the creative and applied technology sectors.

Mitch Freinberg has many years of investment banking experience and has completed transactions involving all areas of mergers and acquisitions, equity fund raisings, debt financing, balance sheet management and hedging, corporate restructurings, film financings and leveraged buyouts. Formerly with Bankers Trust in New York and London, later with NatWest Markets/Hawkpoint Partners, he went on to be an original member of LongAcre Partners, the media and telecoms advisory boutique backed by the partners of Olswang law firm, then Managing Director of the Corsair Fund, before co-founding Noventus.

Tom Bayne is a highly experienced corporate financier with 15 years at Hawkpoint/Natwest Markets, spent advising clients across a broad range of industry sectors. During that time he was a key member of the Emerging Companies Team which focused on providing the full spectrum of financial and strategic advice to fast-growing companies with ambitious management teams. As a Corporate Finance Director at Hawkpoint he was involved in advising on and executing IPOs, acquisitions, disposals, debt and equity fundraisings, leveraged buyouts, take-privates and public takeovers.

Shamrock Partners - Keith Hamer (Founder)

Shamrock is an FSA regulated M&A advisory firm operating in the private equity market.

Keith Hamer has 35 years experience in corporate finance and M&A with Rothschild Intercontinental Bank, Chase Investment Bank and Credit Commercial de France. He also founded and spent 10 years with a private investment company, Middle East Associates S.A. sourcing direct investment opportunities in Europe, the Middle East and N. America. He left the City in 1991 to create Shamrock with partners in the Netherlands and raised and managed three private equity funds. Since 2002, Shamrock in the UK has focused on M&A advisory services.

Acrostic Limited - Ray Maxwell (Founder and Director)

Acrostic is a corporate advisory company that provides customized advice to companies and investment management groups, to help them create and execute viable strategies.

Ray Maxwell has long experience in senior positions in the private equity industry. Formerly with PosTel and Granville. More recently, he was a Partner of INVESCO and a General Partner and Managing Director INVESCO Private Capital, responsible for all private equity investment and marketing outside of the Americas. He is Chairman of Core Capital VCT IV and V, serves on the board of Mesophotonics Limited and sits on a number of Advisory Boards including Eden Ventures and Merlin Bioscience in the UK, Procuritas in Sweden and Leman Capital in Switzerland. He sits on the advisory board of the London Business School’s Private Equity Institute.

David Rigby Associates (DRA) - David Rigby (Founder and Managing Director)

DRA is a management consulting business, operating internationally and focused on the Performance Textiles sector, including technical textiles, nonwovens and new materials. It specialises in business and market research, strategic market planning, corporate strategy and innovation. It has published eight reports giving detailed forecasts of world markets for technical textiles and nonwovens.

David Rigby set up DRA in 1979 after spells at Arthur Andersen and in the textile industry. He is now a recognized authority on the worldwide Performance Textiles industry and has been consulted by many of the world’s largest specialty textile and fibre companies. His most recent experience includes producing company strategic plans, analyzing geographical technical textile clusters and planning launches of new technical products. He was for 10 years a Visiting Professor in Textile Management at the University of Manchester and is an NED of British Textile Technology Group. He is a Vice-Chairman of the development charity IDE-UK.

David specialises in working personally with CEOs and management teams in the Performance Textiles sector to help them to define and achieve the best that their company can be. Issues of strategy, innovation, leadership, management structure, team-working and M&A are common elements of these projects.

Individual Associate - Stephen Blank

Formerly partner in Binder Hamlyn, in charge of Corporate Finance at their Manchester office. Extensive industrial experience including Group FD of Swinton Insurance, acquired by Royal Sun Alliance. Very extensive recent experience in financial due diligence for funding institutions, fund raising for SME’s (debt and equity) as well as acquisition and sale advisory work. Former Chairman, Institute for Fiscal Studies North West branch. Presently part time Finance Director to growing SMEs ranging from start-up to well established. Has also been non-executive Chairman of an AIM-listed company, and formerly NED on private company boards representing local North West of England venture funds.