Founder and Chief Executive
Following a career as an officer in the Royal Air Force Regiment, Lance joined Banque Indosuez in Bahrain in 1995, placing private equity and venture funds across the Middle East. On return to UK, he worked with Merrill Lynch, Coutts & Co, Citibank, and Dresdner Kleinwort Capital. Additionally for 7 years, concurrent with his Cygnus activities, he was responsible for the European and Gulf Region business interests of Landmark Partners, the leading private equity secondary manager.
Since 1995, Lance has raised over €3 bn for a variety of private equity, venture capital, real estate and hedge fund managers, and for direct investments. He has worked in the European private equity markets continuously since 2000 and continues to lead Cygnus Capital's activities in the Gulf Region.
Lance has a marketing-oriented MBA from Henley Management College and he speaks reasonable Arabic and some German and French.
Arthur Travers has had a varied career working in both investment banking and in the tech sector. After graduating from the University of Durham, Arthur worked for JP Morgan in London for 8 years. As a Private Wealth Advisor, he provided tailored investment guidance and customised solutions to high net-worth individuals, families, and institutions. He then moved into an investment banking team, advising clients on capital raising activities.
Arthur then worked for Tech UK, advocating for policies that support the growth of the UK's technology sector and promoting innovation. Through this, Arthur built an impressive network within the tech and cyber industries, as well as All Party Parliamentary Groups.
Arthur will be focusing on tech investment opportunities and expanding our footprint into South East Asia
John Donachie is an experienced compliance adviser and MLRO specialist. He has advised hedge funds, institutional brokerages, private equity and wealth management groups on a range of compliance and regulatory issues. He has also worked as a compliance officer for major German, Japanese and Swiss Banks.
John was an authorisation officer and surveillance inspector at the Securities and Futures Authority (now FSA). Prior to this, he worked in Eurobond and Equity Derivative sales with UBS, Bankers Trust, Toronto Dominion and JP Morgan.