The rise of the independent advisory boutique has changed the landscape of investment banking and requires talent that is able to deliver exceptional advice and create transactions of lasting value to their clients within the increasing scrutiny of regulation and the media. We have helped many of these boutiques start and substantially grow their businesses in Europe.
PartnerAmanda Smithsonamanda.email@example.com+44 (0)20 7220 0273London
Amanda is the Managing Partner and a member of the Investment Banking, Private Equity, Board and Executive Assessment practices. She advises on leadership development, team effectiveness and senior appointments across investment banking, private equity and the boardroom. Prior to Blackwood, Amanda worked at Morgan Stanley; she spent ten years in Mergers & Acquisitions in London and New York before becoming COO of the Investment Banking Division EMEA. She is a certified professional executive coach, Meyler Campbell Mastered, AC and WABC accredited and qualified with the British Psychological Society in psychometrics, including Hogan, FIRO-B, NEO PI-R, Wave, G-LJI, LJI, Implicitly®, TKI and MBTI®. She read English and then Law at Cambridge University.
Senior ConsultantMichela Ruggerimichela.firstname.lastname@example.org+44 (0)20 7220 0285London
Michela leads the Investment Banking and Infrastructure Practices and is a member of the Financial Services Practice. She has a particular focus on building teams within investment banking boutiques as well as advising infrastructure funds. Prior to joining Blackwood, Michela worked at Heidrick & Struggles. She read Modern Languages at Cambridge University.
ConsultantNigel Lloydnigel.email@example.com+44 (0)20 7220 0284London
Nigel is a member of the Private Equity and Investment Banking Practices. He focuses on recruiting senior Investment Banking professionals across M&A, sector coverage and Leveraged Finance. Within Private Equity he specialises in Investor Relations appointments. Prior to joining Blackwood, Nigel gained over a decade’s experience of search with a global executive search firm as a member of the Financial Services practice. He began his career in Investment Banking with Close Brothers (now DC Advisory), executing both M&A and Restructuring mandates. He read English Literature at University College London.