Victory Hill Capital Partners LLP

Over 187 years of experience

Our People

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187 years of cumulative experience within the team across various financial disciplines.

The team has closed over 91 individual career transactions between M&A, Project Finance, Capital Markets and Principal Investments.

With an average team experience of 21 years, the quality of our people is extremely high and our backgrounds and skills are diverse.

People

Anthony Catachanas
Managing Partner
Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Catachanas

Managing Partner
Chief Executive Officer

Tony is a Managing Partner of Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP. He is responsible for business strategy, transaction negotiation, structuring and execution within the investment team. 

Before Victory Hill, Tony was responsible for Business Strategy and Investment Solutions for EMEA and helped build and develop the real asset investment business of Asset Management One (AMO), the asset management arm of the Mizuho Financial Group. Anthony was also a founding principal of Mizuho's Energy Special Situations Group.

Tony is also co-founder and shareholder of structured credit market making and private capital advisory boutique, Nemera Capital Group Ltd. Prior to this he was a Partner and Head of GP & LP Relations at AlphaOne Partners LLP in their energy-focused private equity business. Tony also worked for Goldman Sachs as an Executive Director, where he was responsible for financial institutions strategy and other strategic relationships with institutional investors across Europe and the US. 

Before Goldman Sachs, he worked in both equity and fixed income derivatives at Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO. He began his career at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, as a Statistics Research Analyst. 

Prior to banking Anthony spent some time working in the Directorate for Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, where he worked on the EuroMed Trade Agreement. 

Tony holds a BA (Hons) in Management & Business Administration from Henley Business School, an MSc in Global Politics from University of Southampton (UK), and an MBA from the University of Cambridge. ​

He is a member of the UK CFA Institute. 

Tony is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers

Michael Egan
Managing Partner
Chief Financial Officer & Head of Risk Management

Michael Egan

Managing Partner
Chief Financial Officer & Head of Risk Management

Mike is a Managing Partner of Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP. He is responsible for business strategy, group financial management as well as operation and business risk management. 

Prior to Victory Hill, he was responsible for the global portfolio and debt restructuring of Steinhoff International, a global vertically integrated retail conglomerate with 40 operations in 30 different countries. Michael became caretaker group treasurer overseeing international assets during Steinhoff’s restructuring, which was the largest in Europe. 

Before the restructuring, he led the M&A department of the organization globally. During his tenure he originated and executed joint-venture transactions, acquisitions, take private deals, equity placements, convertible bonds, DCM and syndicated loans and IPOs. 

Before Steinhoff International, Michael worked in the M&A department at Lehman Brothers and Nomura in London, and began his career as an International Tax advisor and Auditor at KPMG in South Africa. 

Michael holds a degree in Accounting from Stellenbosch University, a Masters degree in International Taxation from the University of Johannesburg and a Masters in Finance from London Business School. 

He has also undertaken executive education courses at Harvard and Columbia Universities. 

He is a Chartered Accountant in the UK and South Africa and is a CFA charterholder and Member of the UK CFA Society.

Lawrence Bucknell
Managing Partner
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Lawrence Bucknell

Managing Partner
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Lawrence is the firm’s General Counsel and Compliance Officer. Prior to Victory Hill, Lawrence was an Executive Director in the Legal Department of Mizuho (Securities) International in London. His responsibilities were to provide advice across primary EU/US debt, equity capital markets, structured finance, asset finance and derivatives, as well as handling corporate legal affairs (including IP/IT, privacy, employment and litigation/regulatory and compliance matters).

From 2012 to August 2020, he also acted as General Counsel to Asset Management One International, the asset management arm of the Mizuho Financial Group. Prior to Mizuho, he worked at Foreign & Colonial (F&C), Henderson and the UK Financial Services Authority (now the Financial Conduct Authority). Prior to working at financial firms, Lawrence worked in private practice for Fladgate Fielder in London, advising clients on M&A/corporate finance transactions.

He started his career as a lawyer at the New Zealand Securities Commission. Lawrence holds an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Lawrence is admitted to practise in England and Wales, New York and New Zealand* (*does not currently practice in NZ).​

Richard Lum
Managing Partner
Co-Chief Investment Officer

Richard Lum

Managing Partner
Co-Chief Investment Officer

Richard is a Managing Partner of Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP and oversees Origination & Portfolio Management within the Investment Team. 

He has over to 26 years of experience in Energy and Natural Resource banking, principally in project, corporate and structured finance. He was formerly Global Head of Energy Origination at Mizuho Bank in London. During this time, he drove the transformation of a traditionally balance sheet-led energy coverage business of the bank into an advisory-focused coverage model, involving public and private capital raising and securitization opportunities across the energy value chain. He has been responsible for the origination of Active Bookrunner mandates for around US$15bn in fixed income debt issuances for energy clients. 

Richard has 18 years of deal-making experience in energy structured finance as advisor and arranger of financings across the energy value chain in Europe, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has a deep understanding of the energy sector having acted as advisor and debt arranger of some of the most notable non-recourse and limited-recourse transactions in the energy sector, involving global energy companies such as BP, Shell, Petronas, and Saudi-Aramco. 

Was one of the founding principals of Mizuho's Energy Special Situations Group, which engaged with middle-market developers on projects that were supported by Mizuho's core banking clients. 

Before Mizuho, Richard worked in the Global Energy Structured Finance Group at WestLB Markets in London, where he led deal execution on advisory and debt arranging assignments on downstream, petrochemicals, and renewables projects across Europe. Richard began his career at Standard Chartered Bank based in Kuala Lumpur and London, where he spent 7 years focused on emerging markets coverage and the financing of power and infrastructure projects in the Far East, South Asia and Africa. 

Richard holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). 

Eduardo Monteiro
Managing Partner
Co-Chief Investment Officer

Eduardo Monteiro

Managing Partner
Co-Chief Investment Officer

Eduardo is a Managing Partner of Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP and oversees Origination & Portfolio Management within the Investment Team. 

Prior to Victory Hill, Eduardo built and was responsible for Mizuho Bank’s Natural Resources Corporate Finance Advisory Unit of which he was acting Head for EMEA. In this role, Eduardo lead and facilitated the origination of corporate bond issuance mandates for investment gradeEnergy and Natural Resources (Oil & Gas, Chemicals and Mining), positioning Mizuho at top league table positions in the sector. He also significantly contributed to growing the bank’s loan portfolio and profitability through origination initiatives aimed at bringing on new clients and through efforts to develop existing relationships further.

Eduardo was one of the founding principals of Mizuho's Energy Special Situations Group, which engaged with middle-market developers on projects that were supported by Mizuho's core banking clients. 

Prior to this, he was a senior member of the team responsible for building the M&A Advisory in Chemicals and Oil & Gas at Société Générale. Within 3 years, the team was fully operational and growing. Eduardo led and helped execute large landmark transactions with key clients of the bank, such as Total, Sinopec and BP. Eduardo also worked at ABN AMRO/RBS in its M&A and Capital Structure Advisory Teams in Sao Paulo and London. 

At ABN AMROthe team achieved top league table position in Brazil in M&A advisory, while globally, ABN AMRO was one of the leading investment banks in the Energy and Natural resources sector. He began his banking career at JP Morgan in Sao Paulo, Brazil, working in credit portfolio management and origination teams within the investment bank. 

Eduardo holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the Getulio Vargas Foundation FGV (BR) and a Masters in Finance from London Business School (UK)​. 

Navin Chauhan
Partner
Head of Business Development

Navin Chauhan

Partner
Head of Business Development

Navin is a Partner of Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP. He is responsible for developing growth strategies and plans, as well as managing client acquisition and relationships at all levels. 

Prior to Victory Hill, Navin worked within the Investment Trust Sales Team at Cantor Fitzgerald where was responsible for raising capital in both primary and secondary markets, sales trading, facing-off to listed company boards as well as other corporate broking activities. 

Prior to Cantor Fitzgerald, he worked for Quilter Cheviot a UK investment management firm where he was responsible for research and portfolio management in third party fund investments across a number of sectors including infrastructure and renewable energy funds as well as private equity and listed equity funds. Navin was the top performing analyst in the firm, and featured in the UK’s Top 100 Fund Analysts for 5 consecutive years, 2013-2017. 

Prior to this, he has held similar investment roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Russell Investments and began his career at Deutsche Bank.

He holds an MSc in Investment Management from City University’s Cass Business School and a BEng (Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering from City University, London (UK). 

He also holds the Investment Management Certificate and is a member of the UK CFA Society. 

Gregory Scopelitis
Principal
Investment Management

Gregory Scopelitis

Principal
Investment Management

Gregory is a Principal at Victory Hill and will be responsible for origination and execution of new investments, as well as for portfolio asset value enhancement.

A specialist in the global energy and infrastructure sector, Gregory has over 15 years’ experience in project financing in both structured and corporate finance across conventional and renewable energy. He has acted as an investor, financial advisor and lender in a diverse range of developed and emerging markets across the globe.

Gregory joins Victory Hill from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and was previously a Director in the Structured Finance Team at Mizuho Bank in London. He has also previously held roles at the World Bank in Washington DC, with the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg, Proparco the principal investment arm of the Agence Francaise du Development (AFD) based in Bangkok, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London as well as Societe Generale in its Structured Credit Department in London.

Gregory holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School (France), and a Masters’ in International Affairs from Columbia University (US). He is also a CFA Charterholder.

Eleanor Fraser-Smith
Vice President
Head of Sustainability

Eleanor Fraser-Smith

Vice President
Head of Sustainability

Eleanor joined Victory Hill Capital Advisors as the Head of Sustainability and is responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s sustainability strategy as well as environmental, social and governance reporting and engagement.

Prior to Victory Hill, Eleanor led on corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS) at British Aerospace & Defence firm Cobham Plc, where she was responsible for developing corporate policy and strategy on issues such as carbon reduction, environmental impact management, anti-slavery, diversity & inclusion, and gender pay gap reduction. She was secretary of the Executive CRS committee, chaired by the CFO and was responsible for CRS non-financial disclosures. She was awarded the CEO prize for her successful work on CDP reporting and was mentioned in Assent Compliance’s Top 100 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leaders list in 2017 for her contribution to the Social Responsibility Alliance’s Anti-Slavery and Trafficking risk template development team.

Prior to Cobham, she worked at US oil and gas company, Marathon Oil, as a risk advisor in the corporate responsibility team with responsibility for identification and mitigation of environmental and social risk for new and established assets as well as implementing strategy on the voluntary principles on security and human rights across the business.

Prior to this Eleanor project managed the social responsibility working group at IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry’s association for advancing social and environmental performance.

Eleanor holds an MSc in Sustainable Development (Environmental Management) jointly awarded by Imperial College London and SOAS University of London (UK) and holds a BSc in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from the University of Edinburgh.

Eleanor is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability (ICRS).

Norman Huber
Vice President
Investment Management

Norman Huber

Vice President
Investment Management

Norman is a finance professional with more than 9 years of experience in developing, structuring and financing renewable energy, social and environmental infrastructure projects across multiple technologies and jurisdictions around the world.

Norman joins Victory Hill from Blackstone’s fully-owned energy and infrastructure platform which was mandated to develop, construct and acquire assets across both the MENA region and South Asia. Prior to this, he was a Senior Infrastructure and Financing Executive at the North American Development Bank (NADB), a US and Mexico backed Development Financial Institution participating in the placement of an infrastructure and renewable energy project portfolio worth over $500m. Norman started his career working at Nacional Financiera in Mexico City before his experience and expertise took him to San Antonio, Texas, US.

Norman holds an MSc in Finance from London Business School and a B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Jean Yeo
Vice President
Finance

Jean Yeo

Vice President
Finance

Jean is a Vice President (Finance)at Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLPShe supports business strategy, group financial management and operational and business risk management within Victory Hill. She has over 8 years of professional experience in financial services including advisory and audit.

Before Victory Hill Jean was a Manager in the Banking Accounting Advisory team at KPMG in London. She advised on deal transactions, financial reporting, accounting and regulatory change in the Financial Services sector with a focus on the banking industry.

Jean qualified as an accountant at PwC in Manchester, winning the ICAEW Order of Merit Award and ICAEW subject prize for the north-west region She delivered audits for FTSE 100 clients across the banking, insurance and asset management sectors and was awarded PwC’s subject prize for Financial Management.

She holds an MSc (Distinction) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester and was awarded the Outstanding Academic Achievement award for her programme. Jean holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and has also studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and National Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaosiung, Taiwan.

Jean is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Ana Tecpa
Associate
Investment Management

Ana Tecpa

Associate
Investment Management

Ana is a financial professional with over 8 years working for top tier financial organizations. Before joining Victory Hill, Ana worked for HSBC Global Banking and Markets in the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) as a Relationship Manager, where she helped originate and facilitate Asset-Backed financings, Debt Capital markets and Leveraged Loans for her clients. Prior to this she worked at PwC in Mexico City, where she developed financial models for infrastructure projects and valuations of portfolio companies in Private Equity Portfolios. Ana began her career working at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) in Mexico as a Corporate Banking Analyst covering a range of local and multinational industrial clients of the bank. Ana holds an MSc in Finance from London Business School and a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She is also CFA Level 1 holder.

Marc Harb
Associate
Investment Management

Marc Harb

Associate
Investment Management

Marc is an Associate in the Investment Team at Victory Hill. His responsibilities span across transaction planning, execution, and management, as well as investment structuring across both infrastructure and private equity strategies.

Marc is an investment professional with 8 years of experience working for Big Four accounting firms. Prior to Victory Hill, Marc worked for KPMG’s valuations practice in New York and in Washington DC, where he became an expert in complex M&A transactions representing both buy and sell side mandates.

His experience has crossed a number of sectors including energy, working with both middle market and Fortune 500 companies. Marc began his career at Ernst Young in the Corporate Audit department in Beirut. Marc holds an MBA from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, an MSc in Finance from The George Washington University in Washington DC, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentration in Finance from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

Mayuko Yamaguchi
Associate
Investment Management

Mayuko Yamaguchi

Associate
Investment Management

Mayuko is an investment professional with over 8 years of experience in developing, structuring, and managing energy infrastructure investments across multiple technologies.

At Victory Hill, her responsibilities range from transaction planning, execution and management as well as investment structuring across both infrastructure and private equity strategies.

Before joining Victory Hill, Mayuko worked at Mitsui Co, Ltd the global trading and investments firm in their Tokyo and Singapore offices, where she focused on a broad scope of renewable and conventional energy infrastructure project investments across the Asia Pacific region. Mayuko holds a Bachelor of Law from Hitotsubashi University in Japan, and an MBA from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Raluca Gaina
Associate
Investment Analytics

Raluca Gaina

Associate
Investment Analytics

Raluca is an Associate in the Investment Analytics Team at Victory Hill and is responsible for supporting the firm with data extraction from various sources, optimization of processes around data collection, validation and analysis and data visualisation.

Before joining Victory Hill, Raluca worked at JPMorgan Asset Management as an Investment Risk Analyst, where she monitored portfolio risk metrics, performed market analyses and was involved with regulatory risk reporting.

Raluca holds a BA in Economics from University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics with concentrations in Actuarial Science and Social Impact and Responsibility from Wharton Business School. She has also completed a MSc in Environmental Data Science and Machine Learning at Imperial College London, where she worked on geospatial and climate related projects, while using data science, machine learning and deep learning knowledge. She has also passed the CFA Level I exam.

Annalisa Giovazzino
Associate
Office Administrator

Annalisa Giovazzino

Associate
Office Administrator

Annalisa is the Executive Assistant to the senior management team at Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP. She joins the team with over 10 years of administrative experience having worked at a number of global financial institutions.
Annalisa joins us from Fabien Pictet and Partners Asset Management, where she was PA to the Founder and Partners of the firm, ensuring the highest level of accuracy and confidentiality across a number of business activities. Prior to this, she has held similar roles performing general management and administrative tasks to Board-level personnel, C-suite executives and senior management staff at Principal Real Estate Europe, a private family office based in London and Worley (previously known as Worley Parsons) in Madrid, Spain.
Annalisa holds a diploma in languages and speaks a number of languages fluently including Spanish, French and Italian.