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Nigel P. Williams

Nigel P. Williams - Chairman, Managing Partner, Conducting Officer

Nigel Williams has over 36 years of experience in the financial service industry, across the fields of brokerage, derivatives, UCITS mutual funds, M&A, mortgage and deposit banking, new issues, non-life insurance and private equity. After graduating from the London School Economics, he joined W. Greenwell (now part of HSBC), working as a research economist, in the team producing the then famous, Monetary Bulletin. Moving on to Grieveson Grant & Co (now part of Kleinwort Benson), he was a British government bond broker, becoming an associate partner at the age of 26 and a member of the board of Grieveson Futures, the LIFE derivatives broking unit of the firm. He was an individual member of the London Stock Exchange and is now a member of the UK Securities Institute. With the change of the British financial system in 1986, he established Williams Cook Lott and Kissack (WCLK), an inter dealer broker in the government bond market and was CEO of the firm.

With the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the opening up of the former 'Warsaw pact' economies in 1990, Nigel moved to Prague as an advisor to the Czech Foreign Trade Bank. Working with Ivan Vohlmuth and Roman Babka, he launched the first ever convertible bond issue in Czech crowns for the Pilsen Breweries. Moving with Ivan and Roman to a JV with Creditanstalt (now part of Unicredit), they established the first ever mutual fund business in the Czech Republic and in 1991 raised a US$ 100 million, close-ended, hybrid public and private equity fund, the Creditanstalt Czech Investment Fund (CCIF), as part of the country’s privatisation program. The fund was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1995. Creditanstalt sold the business to the Czech Agriculture Bank in 1996 with the team exiting at the same time.

They formed Royalton Partners (RP) in 1996 and RP founded European Direct Capital Management, a JV with State Street Corporation in late 1997. In 1999, they raised a US$ 94.4 million private equity fund focusing on the Central and Eastern European region (CEE). Nigel chaired the board and investment committee of the fund. He also chaired the boards of five of the six portfolio companies of the fund including First Mortgage Bank in Hungary. Royalton Partners separated from State Street Corporation and took over sole management of the fund in 2004.

In October 2007, Royalton Partners successfully held a first close on its third private equity fund, Royalton Capital Investors II. The fund had a final close in October 2009 at Euro 98.3 million. Nigel also chairs three of the portfolio companies’ boards, including: CertAsig Holdings, a Luxembourg holding company of CertAsig, a property/casualty insurer in Romania; the IUS Group, a legal and financial search portal in Slovenia and Croatia; and City Parking Group, a parking operator active in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Additionally, Nigel was a board member of the Investec Global Strategy Fund, a Luxemburg UCITS mutual fund, from 1994 until June 2010.

Nigel Williams holds a degree in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics.



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