Who we are


Principals


Robin Poynder

Robin has spent many years building up expertise in the financial markets, trading and managing the FX business for Charterhouse Japhet and CCF before moving to HSBC where he was responsible for ecommerce within institutional sales. Robin joined Reuters in 2004 and following seven years managing parts of the business, became Head of Regulation for Marketplaces, Thomson Reuters. Prior to taking on the Head of Regulation role, Robin managed the EMEA region for Marketplaces - the FX&MM business. With over 120 countries and $850mio pa revenue, he gained significant exposure to local markets and the specific challenges faced in developing an aligned infrastructure to more developed markets. Over four years Robin maintained a deep engagement with regulators around the world, with a focus on the G20 commitments to new regulation of financial markets. This role meant that Robin spent a good deal of time discussing the proposed regulation with regulators and then sharing the outcomes of these conversations to inform both the strategy and development plans for Thomson Reuters, as well as business owners within client Institutions.

Over many client engagements Robin gained a real appreciation for just how deeply the new regulatory initiatives were affecting ordinary business areas and felt more could be done to support the strategic decisions and planning that financial institutions are faced with. FMR Advisory has been set up specifically to help those institutions (bank and non-bank) wrestling with the regulatory impact of MiFID II, the Senior Managers and Certification Regimes or proactively managing Conduct Risk.

Alongside his conventional role, from 1999-2002 Robin also acted as President of ACI UK, the financial markets association. He formerly sat on the ECB FX Contact Group, and until recently sat on the ESMA Consultative Working Group that is looking at Regulatory Technical Standards relating to MiFID II implementation. Robin currently sits on the OMFIF advisory board.


Anna Aleka

After gaining a degree in Finance and Accounting, Anna spent some time in event management, organising and managing teams to deliver high quality service. Anna has now returned to her more financially inclined roots and focuses her time on Forensic Accountancy and bringing her organisational skills to bear on FMR Advisory projects.

She was most recently engaged as part of the team that was helping a large UK group in its plans to restructure.


Associates

FMR has a number of associate advisors consultants who are subject matter experts in various fields. Whilst not employees of FMR, they are well known to us and make themselves available to work on projects for which their expertise is a good fit. A key requirement of an FMR Associate is that they share and accord with our core values.


Andrew Allwright

Andrew Allwright is an independent consultant specialising in business development driven by regulatory change in the financial markets. He has deep knowledge of the practical impact on the securities markets of regulatory change such as MiFID II/MiFIR, Dodd Frank Title VII, FTT and Short Selling Regulation. 

His experience ranges from acting as a COO in Credit Suisse’s equities business, project/program management of system implementation in the middle and back office at ING Barings to trading euro-sterling and euro-yen bonds at Barings before and after the “Big Bang”. 

At Thomson Reuters he was responsible for the vendor's equity response to MiFID and the implementation of Consolidated Data Solutions and Market Share analytics. The intersection of regulation and market/reference data has been a major focus of his in recent years and he has helped to guide industry bodies such as the FIX Trading Community and the Market Model Typology (MMT) Group.

Henry Wilkes

Henry is an independent consultant specializing in the Asset and Wealth management business with over 30 years experience in the global financial markets in trading, sales and front office management roles. Henry is an experienced capital markets professional with an excellent understanding across the Foreign Exchange, Money Markets and Derivatives markets.

Henry has worked for various international banks in London and New York with a specific focus on the global asset and wealth management sector. From 2000-2013, his role was Global Head of FX sales and relationship management at Brown Brothers Harriman, managing teams in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and New York. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of the global asset management business from his interaction and work with many global asset managers, developing a broad variety of solutions to improve their business and operating model and to optimize the quality of their FX pricing. Henry has also been very involved in advising and supporting asset managers on the impact of the various regulatory initiatives, primarily Dodd Frank and EMIR, on their business model and strategy.

Previously Henry was Deputy Branch manager and Head of Trading at Bank Julius Baer in London for 13 years. His extensive global experience and in-depth knowledge of the global financial markets and the ever-changing regulatory regime is particularly relevant for advising clients in this current competitive market environment.

Jeremy Duke

Jeremy Duke is an accomplished financial services Consultant with over 25 years experience of working in both sales and origination for a number of blue-chip financial services firms including S.G Warburg, Hambros Bank, the Royal BANK OF Canada and ABN AMRO Bank. His specialist product knowledge includes corporate bonds, government debt and derivatives. He has been at the forefront of business development in the UK corporate bond market, having been involved in the creation of innovative new products in social housing finance, infrastructure and property-related debt and new security structures allowing both borrowers and investors to maximise their utility in borrowing and investing. His focus is always on the underlying business needs governing borrowing and investment decisions, helping borrowers use practical structures to minimise their borrowing costs while allowing investors to buy products which meet their needs for security and financial returns. His track record of exhibiting values of integrity, expertise and a taking a long term perspective were particularly evident in his work at Hambros bank where he was deeply involved in working with supranational institutions to assist development of capital markets in developing nations.

His more recent work has included a greater focus on regulatory issues, including analysis of the sales process and the need for all parties to a transaction to understand the risks and benefits of particular financial products. This work included a taking a senior role in one of the largest redress and remediation projects ever to be undertaken in the UK. 

Jeremy Studied at the Universities of Oxford and Chicago, where he read Modern History and Business Administration respectively.

Rob Smith

Having spent more than 25 years gaining experience in creating, running and delivering finance based programmes and projects  in a diverse range of complex settings, Rob’s expertise as a senior business transformation consultant is well recognised.

Rob’s Finance qualifications as a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountancy is underpinned by many years of providing specialist finance and business advice to the UK’s tax authorities on the operations of the largest organisations. This also has been the focus of his project and programme experience where he has project managed initiatives ranging from the transfer of the banking activities of the UK’s revenue collection authorities, through to supporting the roll out of financial systems for multinational military operations in Afghanistan.

His programme management and service delivery expertise, including accreditation as a project and programme gateway reviewer for significant projects across UK Government, has been key to successful delivery and he brings a pragmatic, but governance based approach to our development portfolio.  His experience includes both in-house developments as well as managing third party providers where his commercial and legal knowledge ensure the best possible results.

Sukhvinder Gill

Sukhvinder Gill has over 20 years of Front Office experience working across asset classes, both as a trader and Business Head. He has extensive global exposure, having worked in London, Chicago, Singapore, and India.

This has afforded him specialist knowledge of Market Abuse, Conduct Risk, Risk Management, and Project Implementation. He has also worked at a Regulatory Think Tank, specialising in MAR and MIFID II.

Sukhvinder is a graduate of King’s College London.



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