Managing Partner, Founder | London
Verne brings six years of private equity experience in the natural resources sector and 31 years of investment banking experience mainly raising capital and providing financial advice to companies in the oil & gas and mining & metals sectors. Prior to establishing First Alpha, he was a Managing Partner of Appian Capital Advisory LLP from its inception. Since April 2017, he has been appointed Senior Advisor to Appian Capital. During the six years associated with Appian as a co-founder, he was involved together with the other partners, including the Founder, in establishing and raising the $375M fund, team hiring and introducing and negotiating investments. Previously Verne had been in investment banking for over 31 years, most recently as a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Cazenove in the Equity Capital Markets team where he worked on a number of natural resource and other industrial transactions, including with Fred Lucas. His experience in the natural resources sector was gained while being based variously in London, New York, Hong Kong and Johannesburg. His degrees include a M.Sc. in Management from Oxford University.