Advisory Board

Roger Munnings, CBE

Roger Munnings

Member of the Advisory Board

As well as being a member of the Advisory Board of Oracle Capital Group, Mr. Munnings is an Independent Director of two of Russia’s largest companies: JSFC Sistema and JSC SUEK. He is Chairman of the Russo British Chamber of Commerce, First Deputy Chairman of the Association of European Businesses in Russia and is Chairman of Wadswick Energy Limited in the UK.

Mr Munnings is also a Member of the National Council on Corporate Governance in Russia, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Russian Union of Directors as well as having been member of the Advisory Boards of the Russian National Orchestra and the Yekaterinburg Symphony. He is a Trustee of the John Smith Memorial Trust.

Mr Munnings’ distinguished career includes successful tenures as Chairman and CEO of KPMG Russia/CIS Region from 1996 to 2008 and Chairman of KPMG’s Global Energy and Natural Resources Practice from 1993 to 2008.

In 2007, Mr. Munnings was awarded the CBE by HM The Queen. He has an M.A. (Honours) in PPE from the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Patrick Meade, the 8th Earl of Clanwilliam

Lord Clanwilliam

Member of the Advisory Board

Born Patrick Meade, Paddy became the 8th Earl of Clanwilliam in 2010. He started his career in the late 80’s at Hanson PLC, the US/UK conglomerate, and at the same time was elected for two consecutive terms as a Councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Lord Clanwilliam is a director of a number of FTSE companies while also advising a range of international companies and foreign governments.

In 2002, he was Chairman of steel fabricators Cleveland Bridge during the period when the company created and erected the iconic arch at Wembley Stadium.

Through his travels and extensive business career, Paddy has developed a great affinity for Russia and a number of Central Asian countries and the Middle East.

He is Chairman of MeadeHall & Associates, the communications business he founded in 1993. He chairs London-listed Eurasia Drilling Company, Russia’s largest oilfield services company. Paddy is also a non-executive director of FTSE premium listed Polyus Gold, Russia’s largest gold company, and of Abu Dhabi based NMC Healthcare. The combined capitalisation of these companies exceeds £15bn.

Lord Clanwilliam is also Chairman of Oracle Capital Charitable Foundation.

Mark Browning

Mark Browning

Member of the Advisory Board

Mark Browning is both a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales and is also called to the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Specialising in Commercial Law, with international clients including companies and individuals in Russia and the Far East, he is a recognised expert in the Food & Beverage and Leisure Sectors. He has sat on the Gambling Reform Committee in the House of Lords, the Home Office Liaison Committee and the Inner Temple Police Liaison Group. He is also a Director of BA Group.

A significant number of Mark’s clients are from overseas, including prominent companies and individuals in both Russia and the Far East. Mark also has strong ties with Switzerland.

Vincent Mercer

Vincent Mercer

Member of the Advisory Board

Vincent is an experienced lawyer who has specialised in advising on the regulation of financial services since the establishment of current regulatory structure in 1986.

From a role in industry Vincent joined the London Clearing House (LCH) in 1983 as its in house lawyer and group company secretary. Here he worked extensively on the then emerging UK regulatory structure contributing to both the Financial Services Act 1986 and the (market default procedures) in the Companies Act 1989. In addition to working on primary legislation he was also involved in re-structuring the LCH regulations, working on clearing arrangements for new contracts, clearing linkages and handling member defaults.

In 1987 Vincent moved to the London Stock Exchange to take up the role of Head of Risk Management of the Exchange’s Traded Options Market (LTOM), until the market’s merger with LIFFE in 1991. In this (non legal) role he had wide-ranging responsibility for the clearing, settlement and risk management of Stock Exchanges former equity options market managing a daily £6bn risk as well as rule formulation and new product development.

In 1991 Vincent established his own law firm which specialised in advising regulated firm’s on the developing regulatory environment but along side this Vincent also pursued various roles in market making and investment management.

In 2002 Vincent merged his firm with top 50 city law firm Speechly Bircham as a partner in its financial services group where he continued to advise on the regulation of financial services and is recognised as an expert in the field of UK regulation. In 2013 Vincent stepped down as a partner in Speechly Bircham (but retains an on-going consultancy role with them).

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