John Gunn - Chairman
Chairman and Founder
John’s extensive experience in the finance and stockbroking industry spans over two decades having spearheaded the firm’s business development strategy for over a decade. During his career he has served in a variety of roles at Hoare Govett, Carr Sheppards, Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. and Williams de Broe where he was a senior investment manager until 2002.
John has a successful track record in the private equity and IPO markets having provided corporate finance advice and brokerage services to a range of international companies which have been listed on exchanges in the UK, Canada, Europe, North America and Australasia.
Samantha Esqulant - CEO
Head of Risk Management
Samantha started her career in finance in 2001 having previously worked at LCF Rothschild Group (today Edmond de Rothschild), Barclays Capital and The Bank of New York Mellon.
Samantha joined GIS in April 2013. She is responsible for devising, implementing and monitoring procedures and controls within the business in order to minimize and control the risks and exposures the firm and its clients’ face.
Billy has over 15 years experience working in large financial organisations such as Jefferies.
Billy joined GIS in November 2012 as a Relationship Manager, to monitor client’s accounts and being responsible for the full life cycle of each trade. Billy is an experienced settlements analyst covering the US and EMEA Markets. He also supports his clients with trade execution.
Sander van den Wall Bake
Sander studied Financial Economics at City University London. He has gained broking and investment experience at various institutions including ICAP and the EBRD.
Sander joined GIS in October 2013 and provides dedicated support to the trading settlements and investment management divisions. He is responsible for multi-asset trade executions providing European/ American/ Asian coverage, equity and fixed income trade settlement, ad-hoc client reporting and daily cash settlement transaction reconciliation across custodian and prime broker accounts.
Sander is progressing towards further professional qualifications including IMC and CFA.
Suki has been in the financial services industry for over 16 years and has experience of working in various corporate organisations.
Suki joined GIS in 2008 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the accounts and works closely with the external; auditors and tax professionals.
Terry has over 12 years experience gained from some of the world’s top brokers covering global markets.
Terry Joined GIS in 2014, providing execution, clearing and settlement to clients, he also assists in talent development of others within the company.
Sudhari has over 15 years experience in the Financial Services Industry working as a Trade Support Analyst with both HSBC and JPMorgan.
She has additional experience in Bond settlements through Euroclear, Kassenverein and all Europe/ Emerging Markets.
Sudhari is currently responsible for settling client’s trades, dealing with queries and maintains counterparty information and relations.
Chris is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and holds a BEc in Economics and International Business. Chris has gained his experience working the back office in a variety of Australian Margin Lenders and Brokers, with his last role being at E*TRADE Australia.
Chris joined GIS in March 2015 and looks after the back office responsibilities, including overseeing daily reconciliation, financial support & corporate action duties. He also works with Account Managers to help resolve non-standard client service issues and requests.
Sean Minks - CBDO
Chief Business Development Officer
Sean completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Technology, Sydney and holds an MSc in Finance.
He has a wealth of experience in the securities industry spanning numerous markets with a specialisation in the US, the UK and Western Europe.
Sean joined GIS in 2012 and has a comprehensive knowledge of all matters related to the organisation. He is responsible for identifying new sales prospects, driving business growth and enhancing product development.
Mayan studied Electronics, Computer and Systems Engineering at Loughborough University. He worked at PA Consulting group and London Clearing House designing Risk Margining Systems.
Mayan joined GIS in 2012 and is responsible for the GIS Index Option Strategy. He has experience in trading and managing investments for over 15 years with focus on derivatives.
Paras Shah studied Mathematics, Statistics, Economics and Operational Research at the University of Warwick. He has over 7 years’ experience in trading derivative strategies as well as managing investments. While he was working within the Banking and Capital Markets sector he also qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.
Paras joined GIS in 2012.
Ian van Stratum
Ian van Stratum is the compliance officer at GIS. He brings with him a wealth of experience gathered from many years of working within investment banking with some of the finest names in the industry.
Angelos has graduated with a BA (Hons) from Bristol Business School, UWE and holds the Investment Advice Diploma (Securities and Derivatives).
Angelos started his career at Morgan Stanley's Private Wealth Management division in 1998 where he progressed to form, grow and co-run a team servicing families, family offices and small institutions from Russia, Cyprus, Greece, Germany and the UK. He left in 2011 as a VP to join JP Morgan’s Private Bank in London as a VP and focused on the Greek and Cypriot market until the end of 2013 when he joined Azure Wealth, a boutique wealth management firm in London.
Angelos joined GIS in 2016 as the head of the investment management department, responsible for the growth of the wealth management division.
Konstantinos studied Management (Bsc) at the ACG in Athens and holds his Master’s degree in Decision Sciences from London School of Economics.
His 10 years experience comes from business development, asset management and fund structuring. Throughout the years he has been involved in several projects in the financial industry.
Konstantinos joined GIS in 2016 under the investment management department belonging in the team responsible for the growth of the wealth management division.
Konstantinos is currently progressing to further professional qualification.
Alan has 12 years’ experience in the financial services industry, primarily in operational functions including custody and prime brokerage settlements, reconciliations, securities lending and non-mandatory conversions, providing him with extensive knowledge in front to back trade flows. This experience was gained whilst working in large corporations including Bank of New York Mellon & UBS. Alan joined GIS in September 2016 as a senior settlement analyst/oversight and is responsible for the full life cycle of each trade as well as continual process enhancements.
Raphael studied Business & Economics at HEC-Business School of Belgium and holds a Master’s Degree. He started his career as a Forex Trader in the banking sector 12 years ago, in Belgium and Luxembourg. He then has been specialising in Futures & Forex Proprietary Trading in Hegde Funds and Trading companies in Monaco and in London for over 5 years.
Glenn Palmer has spent 20 years in the private wealth management and trading sector servicing the requirements of high net worth clients. His career spans periods at institutions such as Barclays Wealth, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Lehman Brothers, Oppenheimer and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Glenn is FCA CF30 registered, CISI PCIAM Level 6 qualified and is also FINRA registered in the United States. Glenn is responsible for the day-to-day operational requirements of the business and product development.