Sum of the parts

We believe in the sum of the parts theory which is why we never hire the same type of person twice. We complement each other perfectly and a shared belief in the Laeceum principles galvanizes our sense of common purpose and identity

Ravi Chauhan

John Mould

Jonathan Thompson

Ravi Chauhan

John Mould

Jonathan Thompson

Charles Hayes

Theodor Bingley

Ellie Breeze

Charles Hayes

Theodor Bingley

Ellie Breeze

Aryan Shah

Robbie Arthur

Yash Venkatesam

Emma Ford

Aryan Shah

Robbie Arthur

Vadim Rikunov

Emma Ford

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Ravi is the Founder & Managing Director of Laeceum and has 25 years experience in corporate strategy, M&A and management consulting.

​He was most recently the London Partner at Ares & Co, the Paris-based strategy consultancy prior to which he led Group Corporate Development and the London Branch of Depfa Bank, the specialist public sector financier and covered bond issuer. In his early career, Ravi was a strategy consultant at Deloitte and a strategic research analyst at EY and Informa Financial Intelligence.

​Ravi holds an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and an LLB from University College London.

John is Senior Adviser at Laeceum and a former C-level finance professional with over 35 years of experience in strategy, operations, risk, finance and SME lending.

John was most recently the CEO of ThinCats where he presided over a four fold increase in lending and a shift from a crowd-based funding model to an institutional funding model. Previously, John held C-level roles at various financial institutions including Hermes, New Star and Morgan Stanley.

John is a qualified accountant with a B.Eng from Bristol University and is a Non-Executive Chairman of CrowdProperty, a leading UK specialist property lending company.

Jonathan is Senior Adviser at Laeceum and has 35 years experience in banking, corporate finance and debt capital advisory experience.

He was most recently CEO and co-founder of Bank North, an SME focused UK challenger bank, where he piloted the firm through a full UK regulatory bank licence approval process and subsequent launch of lending activities, before completing an asset disposal in Q4 2022. He has senior banking, advisory and structured finance experience at Santander, Deloitte and Lloyds.

Jonathan has a BSc (Hons) from UMIST (University of Manchester). He is also a Board Adviser to Answer Digital, a leading independent digital transformation consultancy.

Ravi is the Founder & Managing Director of Laeceum and has 25 years experience in corporate strategy, M&A and management consulting.

​He was most recently the London Partner at Ares & Co, the Paris-based strategy consultancy prior to which he led Group Corporate Development and the London Branch of Depfa Bank, the specialist public sector financier and covered bond issuer. In his early career, Ravi was a strategy consultant at Deloitte and a strategic research analyst at EY and Informa Financial Intelligence.

​Ravi holds an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and an LLB from University College London.

John is Senior Adviser at Laeceum and a former C-level finance professional with over 35 years of experience in strategy, operations, risk, finance and SME lending.

John was most recently the CEO of ThinCats where he presided over a four fold increase in lending and a shift from a crowd-based funding model to an institutional funding model. Previously, John held C-level roles at various financial institutions including Hermes, New Star and Morgan Stanley.

John is a qualified accountant with a B.Eng from Bristol University and is a Non-Executive Chairman of CrowdProperty, a leading UK specialist property lending company.

Jonathan is Senior Adviser at Laeceum and has 35 years experience in banking, corporate finance and debt capital advisory experience.

He was most recently CEO and co-founder of Bank North, an SME focused UK challenger bank, where he piloted the firm through a full UK regulatory bank licence approval process and subsequent launch of lending activities, before completing an asset disposal in Q4 2022. He has senior banking, advisory and structured finance experience at Santander, Deloitte and Lloyds.

Jonathan has a BSc (Hons) from UMIST (University of Manchester). He is also a Board Adviser to Answer Digital, a leading independent digital transformation consultancy.

Charles is a Senior Adviser at Laeceum and has over 35 years of experience in asset management, trading and risk management.

He has most recently advised the German Finance Ministry on its effective management and liquidation of a €100bn portfolio of assets acquired from a number of bad banks. Prior to this, he developed many derivatives and cash businesses relating to credit, equities and currencies at Bankers Trust and HVB.

​Charles has an MA in Engineering Science from Oxford University.

Theodor is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently a second-year undergraduate student of history, politics & economics at University College London.

Theodor has a keen interest in corporate finance and corporate development and plays a lead role in building Laeceum’s advisory proposition with a focus on disruptive high growth fintech businesses and business model development and financial modelling. 

Theodor has prior experience as a summer intern at EY Corporate Finance’s M&A division and at asset manager Ipopema TFI’s global equities division.

Ellie is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently a third-year undergraduate in Human, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. 

Ellie has a keen interest in corporate development and plays a lead role in building out Laeceum’s Advisory capability and university outreach and third-sector engagement efforts.

Ellie has prior experience as a Consultant at DeHavilland and attended Harvard’s Model United Nations programme.

Charles is a Senior Adviser at Laeceum and has over 35 years of experience in asset management, trading and risk management.

He has most recently advised the German Finance Ministry on its effective management and liquidation of a €100bn portfolio of assets acquired from a number of bad banks. Prior to this, he developed many derivatives and cash businesses relating to credit, equities and currencies at Bankers Trust and HVB.

​Charles has an MA in Engineering Science from Oxford University.

Theodor is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently a second-year undergraduate student of history, politics & economics at University College London.

Theodor has a keen interest in corporate finance and corporate development and plays a lead role in building Laeceum’s advisory proposition with a focus on disruptive high growth fintech businesses and business model development and financial modelling. 

Theodor has prior experience as a summer intern at EY Corporate Finance’s M&A division and at asset manager Ipopema TFI’s global equities division.

Ellie is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently a third-year undergraduate in Human, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. 

Ellie has a keen interest in corporate development and plays a lead role in building out Laeceum’s Advisory capability and university outreach and third sector engagement efforts.

Ellie has prior experience as a Consultant at DeHavilland and attended Harvard’s Model United Nations programme.

Aryan is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently a second-year undergraduate statistics, economics & finance student at University College London. 

Aryan has a keen interest in data analytics and corporate strategy and plays a lead role in supporting the development of Laeceum’s data analytics capabilities and strategic initiatives. 

Aryan has prior experience as a summer intern at asset and wealth manager ASK’s products division and at an Insure-tech start-up, INXChange, for product development and investor relations.

Robbie is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently a second-year undergraduate in Physics at Durham University. 

Robbie has a keen interest in data analysis and algorithm development and plays a lead role in developing Laeceum’s internal efficiency capacity and university outreach efforts as well as aiding Laeceum’s SME propensity modelling.

Robbie has prior experience as a financial journal co-founder and president of various university charitable organisations.

Vadim Rikunov is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently a first-year undergraduate in Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Vadim has a keen interest in investment banking and strategic advisory and plays a lead role in building Laeceum’s Advisory and Corporate Strategy capabilities.

Vadim has prior experience as a Private Equity Intern at Progression Capital and a Global Advisory Spring Intern at Rotschild & Co. Vadim is also the President of CUFIS, the largest finance society at the University of Cambridge.

Emma Ford is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently completing her postgraduate Masters in Finance at Imperial College London.

Emma has a keen interest in investment banking and M&A and plays a lead role in building Laeceum’s Advisory and Corporate Strategy capabilities.

Emma has a previous internship in the Investments team at Blenheim Chalcot and holds a CFA level 1 and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Aryan is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently a second-year undergraduate statistics, economics & finance student at University College London. 

Aryan has a keen interest in data analytics and corporate strategy and plays a lead role in supporting the development of Laeceum’s data analytics capabilities and strategic initiatives. 

Aryan has prior experience as a summer intern at asset and wealth manager ASK’s products division and at an Insure-tech start-up, INXChange, for product development and investor relations.

Robbie is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently a second-year undergraduate in Physics at Durham University. 

Robbie has a keen interest in data analysis and algorithm development and plays a lead role in developing Laeceum’s internal efficiency capacity and university outreach efforts as well as aiding Laeceum’s SME propensity modelling.

Robbie has prior experience as a financial journal co-founder and president of various university charitable organisations.

Vadim Rikunov is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently a first-year undergraduate in Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Vadim has a keen interest in investment banking and strategic advisory and plays a lead role in building Laeceum’s Advisory and Corporate Strategy capabilities.

Vadim has prior experience as a Private Equity Intern at Progression Capital and a Global Advisory Spring Intern at Rothschild & Co. Vadim is also the President of CUFIS, the largest finance society at the University of Cambridge.

Emma Ford is a part-time Analyst at Laeceum and is currently completing her postgraduate Masters in Finance at Imperial College London.

Emma has a keen interest in investment banking and M&A and plays a lead role in building Laeceum’s Advisory and Corporate Strategy capabilities.

Emma has a previous internship in the Investments team at Blenheim Chalcot and holds a CFA level 1 and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering from the University of Cape Town.