Chairman /CEO of GWM Capital Advisors LLP
Abramovich started his multi-billion-dollar business during his army service. After a brief stint in the Soviet Army, He and Olga set up a company making dolls. Within a few years his wealth spread from oil conglomerates to pig farms. He also started investing in other businesses.
In 1995, Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky, an associate of President Boris Yeltsin, acquired the controlling interest in the large oil company Sibneft. The deal was within the controversial loans-for-shares program and each partner paid US$100 million for half of the company, above the stake’s stock market value of US$150 million at the time, and rapidly turned it up into billions.
By 1996, at the age of 30, Abramovich had become so rich and politically well-connected that he had become close to President Boris Yeltsin,and now a tycoon. Abramovich was elected governor of Russia’s remote, far eastern province of Chukotka, and has since lavished £112 million (€132 million) on charity to rebuild the impoverished region.
From 1992 to 1995, Abramovich founded five companies that conducted resale, produced consumer goods, and acted as intermediaries, eventually specializing in the trading of oil and oil products and he has become a familiar face in England since his acquisition of Chelsea Football Club in 2003 & he also founded the GWM Group Holdings in the year 2005 which has grown into a multinational company in Europe.
DR John Williams
Director International Operations GWM Capital Advisors LLP
John is a shareholder of GWM Group Holdings UK and Director International Operations of GWM Capital Advisors LLP, the Investment Advisor of selected funds managed by GWM Group, authorized and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority. More than 13 year experience in the investment banking and real estate finance sector. Joined GWM Group in May 2009 to focus on the Real Estate/Alternative Asset Investment strategies of the Group. Prior to joining GWM Group, John was a director with the Real Estate Team of BNP Paribas, CIB division, and he was a Director in the Global Real Estate Group of Lehman Brothers based in United Kingdom. In his career, John has originated, structured and executed real estate transactions for a total volume well in excess of €5bn, including investments in equity, debt and mezzanine capital, public and private markets. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Oxford University, in United Kingdom.
Country Manager UK
Andy is the Country Manager of GWM Group Holdings United Kingdom. Before joining GWM Group he was Managing Director of Leonardo & Co. SPA, the advisory branch of Gruppo Banca Leonardo SPA, where since 2006 he has been in charge as Head of UK Office with the responsibility of real estate and infrastructure activities. From 2002 to 2008 Andy was Managing Director of Lazard. Furthermore Andy also achieved a consistent nine-year experience as Partner of KPMG Corporate Finance. In his career, Andy has originated, structured and executed transactions for a total volume well in excess of €3bn. Andy holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Birmingham University, United Kingdom.
Dr Antonio Cirello
Managing Partner of the Italian Branch
Antonio is a Managing Partner of the Italian Branch of GWM Group Holdings. From 2006 to 2010 Antonio was a Senior Fund Manager in GWM Group Holdings, where he was responsible for the asset management of five Real Estate Funds with assets of Euro 1bn. Before joining GWM Group he was Managing Director of Feidos SPA., an advisory and investment company mainly focused on real estate area, non-performing loan and green energy, where since 2010 he has been in charge to supervise advisory and investment operations.Furthermore Antonio also achieved a consistent ten-year experience as Real Estate Asset Manager in ENEL Group for M&A Operations and Development Projects. Antonio holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from Sapienza University in Rome.
Managing Partner of the Russian Branch
Rodolfo holds a Master of Law from the University of Geneva and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School (Tuft University, MA). Chief Operating Officer (COO) GWM Holdings Russia (since May 2015) and Member of the Executive Committee (since April 2012). Rodolfo was Head of Business Planning and Analysis, Novartis Group based in Russia. In his career, Rodolfo has originated, structured and executed business transactions for a volume well in excess of €8bn. Former activities and functions:
Vice President, Controller Tolan Int’l – Business Unit Head of Finance Novartis Group
Head of Strategy Planning and Analysis, Novartis Group
Head of Finance Ophthalmic Business Unit, Novartis Group
Various positions at P&G