Team

Team Member

Oscar Olu-Williams

CEO
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Oscar graduated with honours in Economics & Politics from Essex University in UK before starting his career at Midland International (part of HSBC Group) in the City of London on their Graduate Development Programme. During his seven years at the bank, he acquired experience in all areas of international banking & corporate finance; obtaining the Chartered Institute of Banking qualifications.

After his period at HSBC, Oscar joined the Programmes Group, a fast growing marketing business. After 13 months, he was appointed CEO of Programmes Ltd, by then the second largest telephone marketing company in the UK; involved in large takeover bids for FTSE companies.

Upon leaving Programmes, Oscar founded Market Capital Corp, specialising in the financing of SME's, mainly in Italy and Europe. In this period, he successfully complete the Securities and Futures Authority (now FSA) qualifications in corporate finance, becoming a Registered Representative (Corporate Finance).

At Market Capital, Oscar pioneered the listing of Italian companies on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange. He led the admission of the first three Italian companies on the London Stock Exchange and other IPO's on AIM as well as on other European growth stock markets. Other subsequent listings also included a Chinese company in London.

After leaving Italy, Oscar developed a number of projects in West Africa; completing several entrepreneurial Corporate/M&A transactions over the past few years. These included founding Red Rock Mining, which had mining rights for iron ore that he subsequently sold to a Pan-African mining company floated on AIM.

Oscar also founded Red Bunch Ventures, a company with land assets for the cultivation of oil palm; which he went on to sell to a London based agricultural company also floated on AIM, focused on agriculture in Africa.

Oscar has now turned his attention back to Europe with focus on emerging markets.

Team Member

Mark Williams

Principal
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Mark is a Chartered account by profession, qualifying at BDO LLP after graduating from the University of Hull. He has extensive corporate finance experience having worked at a senior level at a number of reputable institutions in the City of London.

Mark was initially a Corporate Development Executive & Group Business Analyst at Taylor Wimpey, the well known British property developer and construction company. From there he moved to The London Stock Exchange where he was a Senior Regulatory Advisor, before becoming an Assistant Director at Seymour Pierce; a highly respected Broker/Nomad London Stock Exchange intermediary and Investment Bank – now part of Cantor Fitzgerald. He later progressed to be an Assistant Director, Investment Banking at Williams de Broe, an historic and highly prestigious British broking firm and then to Teather & Greenwood as a Director, Investment Banking – again an infamous British broking establishment and brand in The City.

Mark then went on to become a Managing Director at Canaccord Genuity, a large Investment Banking firm specialising in Telecoms, Media & Technology IPO’s, Equity Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions transactions. Most recently he was Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Development at Phorm, a global personalisation technology company that makes content and advertising more relevant to consumers.

He has completed numerous corporate finance transactions running into hundreds of millions of pounds, has a wealth of experience in public market transactions and advising companies on positioning of investment cases to investors both in the public and private markets.

A natural leader with 25 years experience, many at Board level. His broad experience includes both industry, Transactional, Execution and Advisory.

Team Member

Zaur Yusubov

Vice President
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Zaur completed his Bachelor's degree at the State Economic University in Baku, Azerbaijan; where he went on to obtain a Master in International Relations. He is currently completing an Executive Master in International Finance at Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam; while progressing his financial career at Bosphorus IPO Capital (BIPOC) and is enrolled on the CFA Programme.

Prior to joining BIPOC, Zaur was a senior corporate banking manager at Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V. in the Netherlands, where he specialised in lending to mid-sized and large corporates in EU, Russia and CIS. Before that, Zaur was a client manager at Credit Europe Bank N.V. in Amsterdam, specialising in ship finance to corporates.

Whilst still in Azerbaijan, after his Master, he worked for top 5 Azerbaijani banks (AGBank and Unibank Commercial Bank specialised in corporate finance and retail banking), managing a team of analysts lending to large and blue-chip Azerbaijani companies under terms of EBRD, IFC and ADB. Whilst completing his first degree and thereafter, Zaur worked for a British ship broker in Azerbaijan; Kron Shipping (UK), before going on to achieve his first Master degree.

Zaur's achievements include:
- Deal of the Year Award 2011 at Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V. - Outstanding Graduate, International Economic Relations (Bachelor & Master), graduating with Distinction, 1999 – 2005, State Economic University, Baku, AZ.

He is fluent in English, Turkish and Russian; whilst Azeri is his mother tongue and is of intermediate standard in Dutch.

At BIPOC, Zaur is responsible for clients, working on financial documentation and completion of transactions.

Team Member

Dina Chektybayeva

Corporate Development Director
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Dina is a corporate banker with over 20 years experience in most sectors across banking, including the Resources & Energy sector. She began her career in the resources and energy (R&E) sector as Head of Financial Instruments Dept at the KEGOC (Kazakhstan Electricity Grid). She then became Head of Treasury at Alau Transgas (the LPG transportation and distribution company) and finally Deputy CFO of Intergas Central Asia (subsidiary of KazTransGas, KMG Group).

In 2001, Dina joined HSBC in Kazakhstan, covering R&E, Oil & Gas (O&G) and Global Banking. She stayed in the bank for over 10 years. At HSBC, she was Global Relationship Manager for KazMunayGas and supported all other major state-owned corporates as Key Relationship Manager. Her areas of remit covered, bonds, syndicated loans, M&A & lending mandates. She also worked closely with the bank's teams in London, EMEA and Hong Kong, becoming a Member of the Advisory Team on some projects.

In 2010, Dina joined Alfa Bank Kazakhstan as Managing Director, Corporate Banking; drawing up and implementing the bank's strategy; leading to the bank's outstanding growth in the corporate sector in Kazakhstan.