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David Tucker

Managing Partner

Mobile: +44 (0) 7881 816 019

David has over 15 years of experience in advising management teams, private companies and public companies. Prior to joining Assay, he worked at Deloittes for 12 years in the Channel Islands, Moscow and Birmingham offices.

David has considerable experience in supporting clients with their buy and build strategies, working alongside them to develop business plans and growth strategies. A recent example being an electronics manufacturing company which has grown from 1 site and £8m t/o to 3 sites, including 1 overseas, and £35m t/o. Some other notable clients include Eriks/Wyko, University Hospital Birmingham, Paperchase and Aston Manor.

“David has been an integral part of our buy-and-build strategy.” – Paul Deehan, CEO at AWS Electronics

David is also a non-executive director of three clients of the firm. These businesses operate in a range of industries including healthcare, industrial and maintenance, repair and operations.

Outside of work, David is a keen racquet sports player and in 2016 was elected Chairman of the Edgbaston Priory Club (having been Treasurer since 2013). With a history dating back to 1875, the EPC is one of the UK’s premier racquets and lifestyle private members’ clubs. The club has approximately 3,000 members and is home to the Aegon Classic, a pre-Wimbledon ladies tournament, ranked in the top 25 Women’s tennis competitions in the world.

David has been Chair of Governors of Lozells Primary School for the last 6 years. In March 2015, an Ofsted report concluded that the school was outstanding in all areas.

Brett Stacey


Mobile: +44 (0) 7906 654 447

Brett is a Partner in Transaction team based out of London.

Brett leads the team responsible for renewable energy as well as the oil and gas sectors.

Brett draws from over 30 years as a senior figure in financial services. In 1988 Brett founded National Futures & Options and as Managing Director, was involved in product development and education for large institutional clients in the use and value of derivative instruments. The company was sold to Fleming Martin (later JP Morgan) and he joined the board as director in charge of derivative trading responsible for the firm’s broking and proprietary trading book. During this time, he was appointed to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) committee that developed the rules for the warrant market in South Africa.

Brett was also Managing Director of Brait Securities responsible for establishing the equity and derivative broking operations, institutional sales, futures and options broking and liaison with the corporate finance division in respect of listings, mergers and acquisitions and all JSE related matters. He was also involved in the founding of the futures exchange in South Africa and served on the board of the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX) for a number of years serving as Deputy Chairman. He remains a broking member of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Brett relocated to the United Kingdom in 2005 and founded the CarbonDesk Plc which was the largest independent derivative broker when the carbon credit market was still buoyant.

Brett has an Honours degree in accounting from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Guy Hemington


Mobile: +44 (0) 7767 274 858

Guy has been in the corporate finance business for over 20 years acting as both adviser and principal. During this time he has worked at JP Morgan Chase, McKechnie PLC and KPMG Corporate Finance, where he was a partner in the M&A group.

He has advised a wide range of clients including PLCs, international companies, venture capitalists, owner managed businesses and management teams.

“Sometimes in business you need to ask the experts and that’s exactly what Guy is.” – David Ogden, Managing Director at Supra UK

Some of Guy’s notable recent clients include Shaw’s Tax Advisers, Leafield Group, Consolidated Stainless Recycling, Alcan Inc, Vacuum Furnace Engineering, Corporate Risk Systems, Multi Fan Systems, Firstserve and H&T Labour and Vacuumation.

“What I really liked about Guy was his tenacity and willingness to do what it takes to get the result.” – Mike Ames, Managing Director at Software Knowledge

Outside of work, Guy is a keen tennis player and walker and plays in a charity rock band. He is a Director of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and as a regular visitor to the Far East has been involved in supporting a couple of charities in the region which support disadvantaged children.

Pradip Somaia


Mobile: +44 (0) 7785 316 584

Pradip is an experienced investment banker within the technology sector. He has been responsible for a wide range of advisory work since joining Regent in 2000.

Pradip has completed numerous assignments including the recent divestment of AIControl Point (crisis and incident management software business) from Access Intellience Plc. to the Norwegian company, OneVoice, the sale of Widget (a European wearable technology distributer) to CMS Distribution, divestment of Due North (strategic sourcing software company), from Access Intelligence Plc. to Proactis Plc;  sale of Crimsonwing Plc (ERP and eCommerce solutions specialising in Microsoft Dyanamics, Majento and Intershop) to KPMG;  sale of Oasis Medical Solutions (EPR and PAS Software company) to Allscripts Medical Solutions Inc;  sale of Altimate (enterprise systems distributor) to Arrow Electronics Inc., sale of PSCAL (financial management software company) to Civica;  sale of Codework (security software distributor) to Altimate Group;  divestment of IQ-Sys (virtualisation and network management distributor) from QA IQ to SCD,  sale of Talisman Software S.A (IT resourcing) to Vedior,  acquisition of Logan Orviss International (Telecoms Consulting) on behalf of Patni Computer Systems (now i-Gate),  sale of Centia and AKS, (both pan European distributors of Network infrastructure products) to AG, and the reverse sale of Data Technology Group Plc (IT Services) into Innovise Plc.  Prior to joining Regent, Pradip served as chief financial officer within a number of large European and US multinational IT corporations, generally with financial responsibility for operations throughout Europe. He has worked for EDS, International Data Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation and Equant Integration Services.

Pradip is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Michael Simson


Mobile: +44 (0) 7802 931 516

Mike is a co-founder of Assay Corporate Finance formed from the merger with Assay Advisory and Buckingham Corporate Finance. Since 2002 Mike and the team have been providing transactional services to many high profile clients.

Prior to co-founding Buckingham in late 2001, Michael served as Finance Director and then Operations Director of Princedale Group plc, which, with CEO Stephen Bennett, he ran from April 1990 and listed on the LSE in 1993.

“I have worked with Michael (and his business partners) for 4 years. He is a true expert in his specialist field, is “hands on” and highly responsive.” John Archer, Co-founder and Senior Partner at Eton Bridge Partners.

Together they were responsible for Princedale’s acquisition activity of some 30 companies. From 1996 he was responsible for Princedale’s largest subsidiary, which he turned from a loss maker into a profitable business within six months. Under his stewardship three similar businesses were acquired by Princedale. In 2001 this business was sold to Marmon Group of Chicago, a Berkshire Hathaway investment.

Prior to joining Princedale he was a Mergers and Acquisitions director at Deloitte Corporate Finance. Michael is a South African-trained Chartered Accountant.

Dolf Campman


Mobile: Tel: +44 (0) 7798 64 34 84

Dolf has considerable experience in investment banking in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industries. After an early career in strategic management consulting with The MAC Group, he joined Hambros Bank to focus on Mergers and Acquisitions. He then moved to the investment banking arm of WestLB, where he founded the Media & Telecommunications team and became Executive Director TMT Investment Banking.

Over the years Dolf has gained experience with a wide variety of transactions in the TMT sector including IPOs, secondary issues, Private Placements and Private Equity investments, in addition to Mergers & Acquisitions. He has worked with clients in many different segments of the TMT industry including, radio, television, film production and distribution, advertising, gaming, mobile apps, publishing, music, mobile marketing, social media, talent management, content marketing, Cable TV, telecommunications, telecoms technology, content management, navigation, Business Intelligence, retail technology, weather forecasting, travel technology, ERP, etc.

Dolf has a degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD. Apart from English, he is fluent in Dutch, German and French.

Robert Fergusson


Mobile: +44 (0) 7957 190 976

Robert is a senior investment banker, with a vast experience of both public and private corporate finance transactions.

At Regent Assay he has been responsible for a wide range of assignments, including the disposal for Bull of Cara Group of Ireland, the sale of KPOS (retail solutions) to Torex, the £56m public takeover of AttentiV plc (financial services solutions) for Tieto of Finland and the sales of ROOM Solutions (insurance market solutions) to NIIT of India, RTE (specialised applications) to Sword of France, Investmaster (investment management software) to e-Burns Commerce and SiRViS IT (mission-critical IT systems support) to Esteem Group.  Robert led the Regent team responsible for the £62m disposal for Hutchison Whampoa of its UK fibre network subsidiary, Geo, to Alchemy Partners. Most recently he sold Demica, a UK banking software business, on behalf of the J.M. Huber Corporation and Willow Starcom (IT infrastructure services) to K3. Robert joined Regent in 2000 as a Director, after working in the corporate finance departments of Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and JP Morgan Fleming on a wealth of mergers and acquisition and fund raising assignments.

Robert has a degree in Mathematics and Law from Cambridge, is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from INSEAD in France.

James Calvert


Mobile: +44 (0) 7831 872 694

A physics graduate with first class honours from Imperial College, London, James qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse before serving as chief financial officer within a number of large US multinational corporations, generally with financial responsibility for operations throughout Europe

He was the Director of Finance at Data Logic and the Managing Director of Persona (later floated as ilion group plc). James joined Regent in 1991. He has been responsible for many deals including the sale of Venture Information Management to Sword Group; the sale of Spargonet to CACI; the sale of Tax Computer Systems to investors led by MXC Capital; the disposal of the UK Forest Division of Tieto (Finland) to Version 1 (Ireland); the disposal of ECRC (Germany) by Fujitsu to Cable & Wireless; the sale of Icom (UK) to Keane (USA); the disposal by Skillsgroup (UK) of Nordic Datadistribution (Sweden) to Atle (Sweden); the disposal of Fujitsu’s Medical Portfolio (UK) to Siemens Nixdorf (Germany); and the acquisition by Sage (UK) of KHK (Germany).

He speaks French, German, Swedish and Finnish.

Chris Taylor


Mobile: +44 (0) 7584 631 910

Chris is an experienced corporate finance adviser who joined Regent Assay in 2010 having qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC, spending time in the UK and New Zealand.

He has extensive experience of working successfully alongside private equity and owner-managed businesses and has acted on company acquisitions and disposals, MBOs and fund raisings. Past clients have included Vacuum Furnace Engineering, Corporate Risk Systems, Polyplas and Wealden & Eastbourne Lifeline.

Chris has also supported clients on their buy and build strategies, providing financial, strategic and operational guidance and currently sits on the board of an MRO business.

“Chris understood the intricacies of our business model and was invaluable in supporting us through the due diligence process.” – Bob Oakley, Vacuum Furnace Engineering

Chris has been part of the professional mentoring scheme at Aston University, which involves working one-to-one with second year business students, helping them prepare for their Placement Year.

“His professionalism and expertise has rubbed off on the students, and has championed students getting industrial placements.” – Paul Hebron, Aston Business School

Chris is also a keen runner and part of the Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club. He regularly takes part in half- and full-marathons, attaining his personal best of 2hr58 at the London Marathon in 2013.

John Walsham

Head of Unsecured Lending

Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 908 586

John joined Regent Assay in 2019 to head up its new unsecured lending team, leading the company’s partnership with Caple. Caple originates loans through a partner network of accountancy and business advisory firms.

The team helps SME businesses access the unsecured finance they need to grow, complete management buy outs or fund acquisitions. Regent Assay will assess the eligibility of its clients for funding and will then prepare the business plans and financial forecasts, all within Caple’s proprietary technology platform, to support the case.

John, who is ACIB qualified, previously worked at Natwest and has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial banking.

Chris Jones

Head of Debt Advisory

Mobile: +44 (0) 7879  056 456

Chris has enjoyed a 35 year career in the finance industry, including holding senior roles at Bank of Scotland, RBS and Barclays. An expert in Asset Based Lending, Chris has run his own debt advisory since 2008, during which time he has helped hundreds of businesses source finance from a wide variety of specialist funders. Outside of work Chris has a broad interest in music and attends as many gigs as he can, he is a keen golfer, and also a Wolves season ticket holder.

Hana Glanville

Business Development Director

Mobile: +44 (0) 7736 211 321

Hana has been involved in over 400 transactions advising companies on their M&A and strategic options spanning across 20 years. Hana manages now our business development focus, identifying and advising businesses to achieve their optimum potential.

Overseeing our research team, Hana ensures that we provide valuable sector insight on recent M&A deals and value drivers.

Hana is an Economics graduate from London University, a Postgraduate in Marketing from Kingston Business School, and an MBA from Henley Management College.

Tom Parry


Mobile: +44 (0) 7504 530 407

Tom has extensive experience of working closely with Owner Managed Businesses as well as foreign owned subsidiaries throughout the UK. He has a versatile knowledge-base and skillset and a working familiarity within a multitude of business sectors. He is an experienced Chartered Accountant who joined Regent Assay in early 2021 from the Central Audit Team at Azets; having previously been a member of the Teaching Faculty at the University of Nottingham where he taught International Business and convened the Economics module for Foundation Year students. He read History at Manchester prior to completing a Masters degree and successfully had his thesis published.

Outside of work Tom is an avid Cricket fan and enjoys travelling whenever the opportunity arises.

Oliver Lowe


Mobile: +44 (0) 7436 033 194

Oliver is an ACA qualified chartered accountant who qualified with PwC’s Banking and Capital Markets audit division in both London and Birmingham, he has experience working with some of the largest investment banking clients in the world.

He is a graduate of the prestigious PwC Flying Start Degree Programme at Newcastle University and graduated in 2019.

Originally from the Lake District he is a keen Golfer and Rugby supporter.

Leo Bretelle


Mobile: +44 (0) 774 132 4363

Leo is an analyst at Regent Assay with responsibility for the ongoing monitoring of activity in the European TMT market and produces the monthly & quarterly newsletters.

Leo is originally from Marseille and graduated in 2018 with a BSc in Economics from the University of Birmingham.

In his spare time he enjoys enjoys playing football and taking part in Capoeira.

Eghosa Oyemwense

Business Development & Research Analyst

Mobile: +44 (0) 7426 407 699

Eghosa born in the Edo State, Nigeria graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Business and Management from Aston University in Birmingham. She then successfully completed her MSc in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She joined the Regent Assay Marketing department as a business development and research analyst in 2021.

She enjoys R&B music, swimming, current affiars and travel.