Our Story

"We founded Asset Match in 2011 following an investment Stuart found himself locked into and without any opportunity to exit once the EIS scheme had run its course.

We quickly realised that there are many shareholders in this situation - we estimate that about £300bn of capital is locked up in private companies. With Asset Match we are providing a secondary market for this asset class. Listing on the platform incurs a fraction of the charges of listing on AIM. For investors, it offers a way into exciting, quality UK company investments."

stuart lucas & iain baillie Asset Match co-founders

Meet the team

The Team

Stuart  Lucas Founder and Co-CEO

Stuart started his City career 35 years ago on the London Stock Exchange and has gained over 30 years capital markets experience building profitable businesses. A former Senior Managing Director of Bear, Stearns Intl, Head of International Fixed Income responsible for trading, sales and research. Head of Debt at IBJ (trading, sales & research, 85 staff in 5 locations) in 1998. He was Head of Credit Trading at Nomura until 2009.

In 2000 he established Bracken Partners, an investment banking boutique, private equity investor and fund manager. He is a user and active investor in platforms, past and present involvement includes; Active Hotels, IG Markets, Bloomberg, Sportingbet, iProfile, Transact (Integrafin), and Interactive Investor (III).

He is non-Executive Director of AIM listed Daniel Stewart Securities PLC.

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Iain  Baillie Founder and Co-CEO

Iain began his career at Strauss Turnbull and Co and has been involved in UK and European Capital Markets for over 35 years as a trader of both equities and corporate bonds, culminating in heading European credit trading as a Managing Director of Salomon Brothers. Iain was also a founding director of LBDP, a successful agency broker in European credit.

From 2003 to 2007 Iain was CEO of MarketAxess Europe, the leading platform for electronic execution in the credit market. He was responsible for all facets of the company’s European business and during his tenure MarketAxess saw a ten-fold increase in activity across the platform. Before founding Asset Match Iain was Head of Fixed Income at Christopher Street Capital.

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Rohit  Nanda Chief Operating Officer

Rohit has over 17 years experience in the Financial Services sector having worked at GE Capital, Nomura, and UBS. He has a broad range of business expertise, notably e-commerce, websites, electronic platforms, technology and fixed income. Rohit has a detailed understanding of client 'on-boarding' practices to Platforms and has successfully implemented and improved a number of key business processes.

Rohit holds an MBA from Cass Business School, is PRINCE 2 qualified, and studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine. Prior to joining Asset Match he started his own consultancy business in early 2012 and has completed a term contract with a major name in the Retail sector, instigating and developing e-commerce projects to improve their online offering.

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Matt  Wilson Corporate Finance Director

Matt has over 7 years experience in investment banking, and has provided Corporate Finance and Equity Capital Markets advice to both public and private companies in the UK and Europe. He has been responsible for and advised on all stages of the deal cycle including origination, valuation, deal structuring and execution. Matt has strong financial modelling, transaction analysis and presentation skills.

In addition, Matt designed and implemented a bespoke equity index benchmarking the performance of listed professional services firms. The index was distributed through trading platforms and is now managed by Standard & Poor's.

Matt holds a BA in Finance, Accounting & Management from The University of Nottingham.

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Ben  Weaver Business Development Director

Ben has over 8 years experience in the Financial Services sector having been a private client stockbroker for a boutique London brokerage trading both equities and derivatives.  

He has an in depth knowledge of the UK equity markets with a core  focus on the Small Cap sector.  

Prior to joining Asset Match, Ben was Head of Sales at BritDAQ where he was responsible for their secondary market trading platform and company on-boarding.

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Advisors

William  Frewen Advisory Board

William Frewen has had thirty years experience in the City working at a number of major institutions, including Credit Suisse First Boston, JP Morgan, Nomura and Threadneedle Asset Management. The vast majority of that time has been spent working in fixed income, with a particular emphasis on credit. At the same time he has invested in a large number of small or start-up companies and has been on the board of a number of them. 

He is currently Non Executive Chairman of Neuberger Berman Global Floating Rate Income Fund, a FTSE 250 Guernsey based fund, and on the Board of Paperless Receipts Limited.

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Giles  Vardey Advisory Board

Giles Vardey has over 30 years experience in financial markets including many board and senior management roles. The first ten years of his career was in securities sales and trading at Salomon Brothers, NatWest and Swiss Bank Corporation. He spent five years on the board of the London Stock Exchange as an Executive Director heading the launch of the exchange's first full electronic trading service (SETS) and the creation of AIM in 1995. He has a wealth of knowledge and connections in the small, mid-sized, and private company space.

In the last fifteen years he has had senior roles including CEO of Greig Middleton (at the time the largest private client stockbroking business in the UK), Fidelity Brokerage Services, Chairman of PLUS Markets (the specialist stock exchange for small and growing companies), Chairman of CQS, a leading European hedge fund. 

He holds an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute.

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Oli  Rayner Advisory Board

On completion of a Law Degree at UCL in 1998 Oli started his career as a research analyst in the M&A team at Granville Markets. He then joined Salomon Brothers International (now Citigroup) in its Capital Markets division. In 2001 he joined private equity firm Bracken Partners responsible for evaluating and managing investments in online Platform companies including Active Hotels, the online hotel room booking platform, and Integrated Financial Arrangements, an online wrap platform for IFAs. Oli became a director of Merchant Capital in 2003 focusing on private growth companies moving to the public sector.

He has since helped set up emissions broking firm CarbonDesk, and as Corporate Development Director oversaw the firm’s initial fundraising and subsequent flotation. He is currently a director of Zespa Media and China Factor and an Associate Partner of Ironbridge Capital Partners LLP.

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Alastair  Watson Advisory Board

Alastair Watson has a business and public service background. He started his career in the Army, achieving the rank of Major, and in 1991 joined Fired Earth PLc, a design retail brand, where he was Sales Director for 7 years, including key involvement in the public to private sale to PPMV and the onward sale to Aga Food Services. 

In 2003 he became Private Secretary (Chief of Staff) to The Duke of York, organising and managing his role as the UK Special Representative for International Trade and Investment. This involved very high level engagement with UK and foreign governments, and businesses both in the UK and around the World. This role was given up by The Duke in 2012, since when Alastair has developed a portfolio career, assisting with business development and networking with various companies and organisations, in the UK but also in Central Asia, India, China and the Middle East.

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Charles  Breese Advisory Board

Charles Breese has 30 years of experience of investing in start-up, early stage and quoted smaller companies harnessing technology to derive competitive advantage.   He worked for KPMG from 1969 until 1982.  He joined Larpent Newton in 1982 and was appointed Managing Director in 1986.  Larpent Newton provides the resources required to assist technology-based companies wanting to develop from being unquoted through to an AIM listing, and ultimately to achieving a trade sale. 

Charles has developed an Investment Template which has proved successful in identifying early stage companies which have delivered attractive long term returns. Charles is also a director of Hygea VCT plc and is a Chartered Accountant.

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Anthony   Bodenstein Advisory Board

Anthony has over 20 years experience in financial markets in general and in the banking sector in particular. He started his career on the fund management side with HSBC in New York. Over the course of his career he has managed over $1BN in funds invested in capital markets. He has held various senior management positions for companies like HSBC and Credit Suisse amongst others. Over the course of his career he has worked both in Europe and in the US. In addition to his banking career. Anthony has been active as board member and as an investor in various financial technology start-ups in the UK, Germany and Israel.

He qualified as a lawyer in New York and has a degree in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School in London.

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Non-executive Directors of the Board

Modwenna  Rees-Mogg Non-Executive Director

Modwenna is a graduate of St AndrewsUniversity.  She has two decades of business experience working in corporate finance in the City of London and in business angel investment and venture capital.  She set up her own business in 2003 as an online media and live events business.  From £1,000 of start up capital working out of her front room, she has grown the business to become the leading information provider and commentator on the business angel market in the UK at www.angelnews.co.uk.  In recent years her business has also launched Pitching for Management www.pitching4management.com, a live recruitment series, the VCT & EIS Investor Forum www.thevctandeisinvestorforum.com, The Great British Private Investor Summit www.privateinvestorsummit.com and The Great British Workforce Revolution www.workforcerevolution.co.uk.

She is a non executive director of Albion Tech and General VCT, which is quoted on the London Stock Exchange, a board member of the UK Business Angels Association and a Visiting Fellow at the Bettany School of Entrepreneurship, Cranfield University.

She is the author of Crowdfunding, How to raise money and make money in the crowd - a guide to operating a business in, raising money from and being an investor in the crowdfunding market.  She is also the author of Dragons or Angels, the unofficial guide to Dragons’ Den and a handbook for people wanting to become or raise money from business angels.  She regularly contributes articles to the press and has contributed to Business Gurus, which was published in March 2012 by Crimson Publishing.

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