Your course leader obtained a law degree from Cambridge University and shortly thereafter he entered banking, joining Chase Manhattan Bank where, for most of the five years of service, he was a corporate relationship manager in London and New York. For the following six years he moved into merchant banking in Hong Kong and Australia – firstly with Schroders and subsequently with Wardley, the investment banking subsidiary of Hong Kong Bank. During this period he was primarily involved with designing structures to deal with large transactions including limited recourse financing, corporate restructurings and acquisitions.
He then joined the industry and for six years served as the CFO of a company with dual head offices in Los Angeles and Australia. He managed a period of exceptional growth, with quarantined investments through a network of limited recourse vehicles involving the leisure sector (integrated resort developments) shipping, manufacturing, film productions, pulp and paper. In the early 1990s Richard established himself as an independent consultant and, since that time, has served a clientele of private family groups in undertaking limited recourse projects involving project vetting, due diligence, project modeling, documentation negotiation and review, and negotiation with equity and banking providers. Alongside these activities he has also development and delivered training programmes corporate finance, project finance, financial modeling, corporate valuation and legal issues.