Senior Team

Senior Team

Claire Newson
Managing Director & Head of Human Capital Management, EMEA & APAC
London

T: +44 20 7634 3647

Claire Newson is a Managing Director and Head of Human Capital Management at Moelis & Company specializing in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and APAC (Asia Pacific) where she’s responsible for driving HR strategy in the region. Claire has over 20 years of Human Resources experience as a strategic HCM partner across various advisory and financial institutions.

Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Claire held several senior Human Capital Management roles in BNP Asset Management in London, ICAP, UFJI international and Goldman Sachs. She began her career at the Institutional Sales Group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and ED&F Mann in London and Bahrain.

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James Nichols
Managing Director
London

T: +44 207 634 3723

James Nichols is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company where he specializes in providing strategic and financial advice to clients across the services sector. James has extensive experience across M&A, equity capital markets, recapitalizations and other strategic advisory transactions.

Prior to joining Moelis & Company, James was a Managing Director at DC Advisory where he co-led Business and Healthcare Services in the U.K., having previously advised financial sponsor clients. Before DC Advisory, he was a member of the U.K. Team at Credit Suisse and began his investment banking career at Investec. James holds a B.A. (Honours) in History and a M.A. (Distinction) in Finance Management, both from the University of Durham.

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Charles Noel-Johnson
Managing Director & Co-Head of EMEA Capital Structure Advisory
London

T: +44 207 634 3568

Charles Noel-Johnson is a Managing Director and Co-Head of EMEA Capital Structure Advisory at Moelis & Company where he is also a founding partner of the European and Middle East offices. He has over 20 years of investment banking experience advising corporates, sponsors and investors on a wide range of capital structure advisory assignments including new money financings, recapitalisations, amendment and restructuring transactions.

Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Charles was previously at Close Brothers Corporate Finance and J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Hewas named one of 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Investment Banking by Financial News in 2011 and 2012.

Charles holds a M.A. (Honors) in Politics from Edinburgh University and studied Political Science & International Relations at the University of California, San Diego. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

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William Nook
Managing Director
New York

T: +1 212 883 4011

William Nook is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company. Mr. Nook has over 15 years of investment banking experience and was most recently Managing Director and Head of Asset Management at Deutsche Bank in the Americas Financial Institutions Group, focusing on asset management and alternative investment companies. Previously, he was a member of the Global Financial Institutions Group at UBS.

Mr. Nook holds a B.A. from Union College and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

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Rebecca Ong
General Counsel - Moelis Australia
Sydney

T: +61 2 8288 5567

Rebecca Ong is General Counsel and Company Secretary at Moelis Australia. She is responsible for legal, compliance and company secretarial activities of Moelis Australia with over 15 years’ experience as a lawyer in the financial services industry.

Prior to joining the company, Rebecca was Regional Counsel at UBS, with primary responsibilities for advising its Asset Management businesses across Asia Pacific from both Sydney and Hong Kong.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) / Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow with the Governance Institute of Australia.

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Michael Openlander
Managing Director
Houston

T: +1 713 343 4764

Michael Openlander is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company where he advises clients in the energy infrastructure sector including midstream, downstream, LNG and energy transition. Michael has over 15 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience and has advised on a wide variety of strategic advisory, M&A, capital markets and restructuring transactions in the U.S. and globally.

Michael previously worked in the Global Energy & Power Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Earlier in his career, he held financial roles in the investment banking group at Baird, the Corporate Finance and Accounting Group at Marsico Capital Management and the Audit and Assurance Practice at PwC.

Michael holds a B.S. in Finance and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and an M.B.A. from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

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Richard Orders
Managing Director
Hong Kong

T: +852 3180 1010

Richard Orders is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company. Mr. Orders has over 20 years of experience advising corporate clients across the Asia Pacific region and was most recently Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific Advisers (“APA”). He was previously a Managing Director in the RBS/ABN AMRO group in Asia Pacific and before that was Vice Chairman and Head of Global Clients Asia Pacific for ABN AMRO, where he worked since 1996. Prior to joining ABN AMRO, Mr. Orders was a Managing Director and Head of Barings Investment Banking in Asia. He has also worked for Barings in other roles within corporate finance and debt capital markets based in Australia and London.

Mr. Orders holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Oxford.

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Mayank Pagaria
Managing Director
Mumbai

T: +91 22 6174 1313

Mayank Pagaria is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company where he focuses on advising corporate and financial sponsor clients in India. Mayank has extensive experience executing a wide variety of corporate finance transactions, including M&A, private financing and equity capital markets deals across a variety of sectors.

Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Mayank worked in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley. He holds a B. Com. with honors from Calcutta University and an M.B.A. in finance from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

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Will Peters
Managing Director
London

T: +44 207 634 3730

Will Peters is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company, where he focuses on clients in the tech, media, and telecom sectors, specializing in communications infrastructure and FinTech. Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Mr. Peters worked at Barclays where he was a Managing Director and a senior member of the firm’s tech, media, and telecom coverage team in London. Prior to starting his investment banking career at Barclays, he spent six years in the British Army, serving with the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in Europe and the Middle East.

 

Mr. Peters holds an M.A. with Honors in Modern History from The University of St Andrews.

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Dominick Petrosino
Managing Director
New York

T: +1 212 883 4550

Dom Petrosino is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company. Mr. Petrosino has extensive capital markets and investment banking experience and was most recently Head of Leveraged Finance Capital Markets at Bear Stearns. While at Bear Stearns, he managed a leading business focused on providing capital structure solutions, including underwriting, structuring and executing leveraged loans, high yield notes and mezzanine financings. In this role, Mr. Petrosino advised clients across a broad range of industries on leveraged buyouts, acquisition financings, recapitalizations and other capital structure matters. Prior to Bear Stearns, Mr. Petrosino was a Vice President of High Yield Corporate Finance at Chase Securities and previously a Vice President in Chase’s Global Mining & Metals Group.

Mr. Petrosino holds a B.S. from New York University and an M.B.A. from Baruch College.

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Kate Pilcher Ciafone
Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer of Investment Banking
New York

T: +1 212 883 3807

Kate Pilcher Ciafone is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Investment Banking at Moelis & Company. Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Ms. Ciafone worked in the UBS Investment Bank Office of the CEO and President, where she helped to analyze growth opportunities and develop the strategy of the firm. Prior to this, Ms. Ciafone was an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group at UBS Investment Bank. In this role, she advised clients in the commercial banking, asset management, broker-dealer, specialty finance and financial technology sectors on mergers and acquisitions and raising equity and debt financing.

Ms. Ciafone holds a B.S. in Commerce with distinction from The McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

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Benjamin Port
Managing Director
New York

T: +1 212 883 4577

Benjamin Port is a Managing Director at Moelis & Company where he specializes in M&A advisory. Ben has experience executing public and private buy-side, sell-side, merger and special committee assignments across a broad range of industries.

Prior to joining Moelis & Company, he held roles at Robert W. Baird, Barclays Capital and Wachovia Securities. Ben holds a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

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Matthew Prest
Managing Director & Co-Head of Europe
London

T: +44 207 634 3567

Matthew Prest is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Europe at Moelis & Company. Matthew has over 25 years of financial restructuring experience advising companies, financial sponsors, secured lenders and bondholders. Additionally, he has provided clients with other investment banking services including raising debt and equity finance for distressed and non-distressed companies. He has performed key advisory roles in some of the most high-profile, sensitive and complex situations in EMEA and Asia.

Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Matthew was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance Restructuring team at Close Brothers Corporate Finance. Before that, Matthew was a Director of Restructuring at M&G Investment Management and a Senior Manager in the restructuring team at KPMG.

Matthew is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a B.A. in History from the University of Warwick.

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Andrew Pridham
Group Vice Chairman - Moelis Australia
Sydney

T: +61 2 8288 5537

Andrew Pridham is a Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Moelis Australia. Mr. Pridham has over 20 years of experience in investment banking and was most recently Executive Chairman of Investment Banking at JP Morgan Australia, where he completed many major M&A, equity raising and other advisory transactions and played a leading role in the significant growth of JP Morgan’s Australian business. Prior to his six year tenure at JP Morgan, Mr. Pridham spent 12 years at UBS where he held senior roles including Global Head of Real Estate Investment Banking and Head of Investment Banking for Australasia. He was also a member of the UBS Global Investment Banking Management Committee.

Mr. Pridham received a Bachelor of Applied Science (PRM) from the University of South Australia. He is also Chairman of AFL Club, The Sydney Swans.

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Mike Pyke
Head of Institutional Capital - Moelis Australia
Sydney

T: +61 2 8288 5513

Mike Pyke is Head of Institutional Capital and responsible for MA Asset Management’s capital partnerships. Mike has been with Moelis Australia for six years. He worked heavily on Moelis Australia’s IPO in 2017 and subsequently led Moelis Australia’s IR & Strategy function. He has previously worked in Moelis Australia’s Corporate Advisory Team (restructuring) for large Australian corporates and leading global hedge funds.

Mike has over 10 years of diversified financial services experience. Prior to working at Moelis, Mike was at Citi Bank.

Mike holds a Master of Commerce (finance) from The University of Sydney.