Team

We know our greatest assets are our people and our reputation and we guard it carefully. We enjoy a strong esprit de corps—fostering teamwork, collaboration and entrepreneurship. Unlike some of our peers focused on a quick or one size fits all solution, our professionals have extensive advisory, investment and operating backgrounds which we leverage for thoughtful, highly-bespoke solutions. As opposed to the leverage model used by many firms, we commit the full resources of the firm including senior professional skill and attention to manage the entirety of every engagement. Coupled with our core tenets of trust, integrity and unconventional thinking—the outcome are exceptional results for our clients.

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Joel Montminy

President & CEO

jmontminy@creomontminy.com


Mr. Montminy founded and leads our firm, spearheading its operations, growth and client assignments across the globe in all facets of corporate finance. For over 20 years, Mr. Montminy has led professional service firms and initiated cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, leveraged and management buyouts, and private placements of equity securities, restructurings, business valuations, fairness opinions and strategic advisory assignments. He has advised founders, CEO's and boards of both private and public companies, in a wide range of industries including food and beverage, consumer products, retail, hospitality & leisure, business services, technology and entertainment. Mr. Montminy has led over $5 billion of middle market transaction volume, including CM&Co.'s most notable transactions, setting market peak values for sell-side transactions. Prior to forming CM&Co., Mr. Montminy was a Managing Director of Los-Angeles-based boutique investment bank Grief & Co., leading a broad range of middle market transactions and co-managing the firm’s expansion with its founder. He was previously the Director of Business Development for multinational law firm Arter & Hadden, LLP and served on the firm's Management Committee.

Mr. Montminy frequently speaks on various corporate finance topics, serving as a keynote speaker and panelist to various business groups, non-profits, universities and corporations. He is quoted by the financial and trade press and has received several finance industry awards for transactional success. Mr. Montminy serves on privately company and non-profit boards and is Chairman of the Montminy Group. He is an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the premier leadership organization of chief executives in the world. He has served in over a dozen YPO leadership positions, including the YPO International Board of Directors from 2017–2020. He actively supports charitable organizations related to entrepreneurship, youth, arts, and the environment. Mr. Montminy holds an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and attended Case Western Reserve School of Law and a B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Mercyhurst University, where he was an Academic All-American in ice hockey. Mr. Montminy is registered with FINRA and holds the Series 24, 7, 79 and 63 licenses.

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Les Allan

Managing Director

lallan@creomontminy.com


Mr. Allan has over 25 years of diversified investment banking and asset management experience. Mr. Allan was the President of the Los Angeles Investment Company, LLC, a privately held company that provided advisory services. Previously Mr. Allan served in senior leadership positions in banking and industry with Cargill, Lehman, Goldman Sachs and Jefferies. Mr. Allan led the MBO of Cargill Investor Services and founded and launched Goals Soccer Centers in the United States. Mr. Allan began his career in his hometown Edinburgh with the asset manager, Ivory and Sime, following his graduation with a degree in accounting. Mr. Allan is registered with FINRA and holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses and is currently a director of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Advisory Board and a member of Foothill Family Services board of directors.

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SAM BAKHSHANDEHPOUR

SENIOR ADVISOR

sbakhshandehpour@creomontminy.com


Mr. Bakhshandehpour brings to CM&Co. over 20 years of senior operations, investing and M&A advisory experience in the entertainment, consumer, hospitality, lodging and leisure industries. He serves as a Managing Director of Fertitta Capital, a $500 million direct investment platform focused on consumer-facing companies in the technology, media & entertainment sectors and a founding partner of both Cultivate Hospitality Group, a hospitality consulting company, and The Silverstone Companies, a consumer and hospitality merchant bank. Prior to that Mr. Bakhshandehpour served as President & CEO of sbe Entertainment, a global hotel, restaurant and entertainment company with over 4,000 hotel and residential keys across 10 hotel properties and 70 restaurant and entertainment venues. His transactional expertise was honed during 15 years on Wall Street, the majority of which at J.P. Morgan, where he was Global Head of Gaming and West Coast Head of Real Estate & Lodging investment banking, and started his career in the Real Estate, Lodging & Gaming Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank. Mr. Bakhshandehpour has served as an independent director of The New Home Company (NYSE: NWHM) since 2014 and serves on the board of trustees at Carlthorp School. He holds a BA from Georgetown University where he also sits on the board of the McDonough School of Business.

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Joe Bratter

Managing Director

jbratter@creomontminy.com


Mr. Bratter has over 23 years of diversified financial experience in the areas of investment banking and commercial banking. He has completed a wide variety of corporate finance transactions including cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, leveraged and management buyouts, underwriting initial and secondary public offerings, private placements of debt and equity securities. Prior to joining CM&Co., Mr. Bratter founded Bratter Enterprises, LLC - an advisory firm providing financial market expertise to middle-market growth companies. Previously, Mr. Bratter was a Senior Vice President with Greif & Co., where he was involved in many of the firms' most notable transactions. Prior to that, he was Vice President in the Corporate Finance Group with Van Kasper & Co., and Vice President with Bank of California in the Commercial Lending Group. Mr. Bratter holds an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California where he graduated with Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma business honors and a B.S. in Finance from San Diego State University. Mr. Bratter is registered with FINRA and holds the Series 7, 79 and 63 licenses.

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Cary Fitchey

Senior Advisor

cfitchey@creomontminy.com


Mr. Fitchey brings over 30 years of extensive experience in private equity and operations having founded and managed various investment funds and companies in the U.S., Europe and South Africa, with total invested capital of over $2 billion. Prior to CM&Co., Mr. Fitchey served as the Managing General Partner of British Pacific Partners, a Los Angeles-based advisory firm and merchant bank. Prior to that, Mr. Fitchey was the founder and Managing Partner of M Plus Capital Partners LP, a $100 million leveraged structured equity fund. Previously, Mr. Fitchey was a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of St. Cloud Capital LLC, a Los Angeles based Debenture SBIC. He was also a co-founder and Chairman/CEO of European Capital Ventures plc, a London-based equity fund focused on creating and building pan-European companies. In addition, Mr. Fitchey was also a co-founder and Partner of Dartford Partners LLC, a San Francisco based entity which created Aurora Foods. In addition, as part of Dartford, he formed, raised the unique funding, and provided onsite management of a new independent PepsiCo bottler in South Africa, which became the first major American brand to re-enter South Africa in 1994 post-Apartheid. Mr. Fitchey started his career in consulting as a Vice-President with AT Kearney and Strategic Planning Associates. He was subsequently a corporate Vice-President at PepsiCo where he was responsible for all planning and corporate acquisition related activities.

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William Koenig

Managing Director

wkoenig@creomontminy.com


Mr. Koenig has over 25-years of diverse financial services experience in the areas of corporate banking; leverage finance; subordinated debt financing; equipment leasing; commercial real estate finance; and both primary and secondary loan syndications and trading. Mr. Koenig has completed over $1.5 billion in both senior and subordinated debt/lease transactions encompassing management led buyouts; M&A; international financings; complex commercial real estate; and various structured debt transactions. Before joining CM&Co., Mr. Koenig was the CEO and Director of Northwest Bank where he was responsible for leading the growth and setting the strategic direction of a 3-state, privately owned $500 million asset sized bank. Previously, Mr. Koenig was an Executive Vice President with Western Alliance Bank (NYSE: WAL) in Phoenix, Arizona where he managed various specialty banking groups including corporate finance, leverage finance, equipment leasing, municipal finance, resort finance, and the Bank’s equity investments in several SBIC funds. Prior to WAL, he was a SVP/Manager of Comerica Bank’s Arizona based Middle Market Banking Group. Prior to Comerica, Mr. Koenig was a Strategy Consultant with Anderson Consulting in Los Angeles where he advised clients on various aspects of brand strategy, efficiency enhancement, and value creation through EVA frameworks. Prior to Anderson, he was employed as a Vice President in the Real Estate Industries Division of City National Bank (CNB) in Los Angeles where he was responsible for financing numerous large construction projects and established the bank’s real estate mezzanine finance program. Prior to CNB, Mr. Koenig was employed with both Weyerhaeuser Reality Ventures and with Home Capital Development Group where he was a financial analyst in their respective real estate private equity groups, responsible for analyzing the viability of both new commercial and subdivision development projects. Mr. Koenig holds an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Southern California where he graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma Honors and a B.A. in Economics from San Diego State University. Mr. Koenig is registered with FINRA and holds the Series 63 license.

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Steve Laver

Senior Advisor

slaver@creomontminy.com


Mr. Laver brings to CM&Co. over 30 years of real estate development, operations, sales and investments for some of North America’s premier companies. He was a national Partner of Trammell Crow Company in the early 1990s, Chief Operating Officer of Brookfield Properties, and the first President of its facilities management business (now BrookfieldGIS). Mr. Laver was also Chief Operating Officer and a founding Partner of Bentall Capital (now Bentall Kennedy). Since 2004, Mr. Laver has operated and led several companies in the lifestyle real estate sector. He was President of Intrawest's luxury residence club division, where he developed and sold successful resort projects in California, Colorado, and Canada. Mr. Laver was also President of the global sales and marketing firm Playground, where his teams sold over $4 billion of real estate in 15 countries. In 2009 he co-founded Forte International, a lifestyle real estate marketing/sales company that he continues to advise. In 2010 he became an owner of Sotheby's International Realty Canada, building it into the largest franchise for that brand prior to selling the business in 2014. Mr. Laver was educated at Principia College and Harvard Business School, and is an active participant and speaker at real estate industry associations in the US and Canada. Mr. Laver is registered with FINRA and holds the Series 63 license.

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Trent MacLean

Senior Advisor

tmaclean@creomontminy.com


For over 30 years Mr. MacLean has served in senior executive roles for leading international apparel brands, including Liz Claiborne, Seven for All Mankind, Paige, Rock Revival, as well as executive roles at The Hudson Bay Company. Mr. MacLean brings to CM&Co., a consumer strategist whose seasoned hand has guided start-ups, turnarounds and fast growth businesses toward success. Mr. MacLean specializes in providing both public and privately-held companies clear focus toward enhancing long term brand equity. Over his career he has launched, re-launched and integrated high profile brands, established and leveraged international distribution networks, crafted complex business plans, identified and trained first rate talent, and strategically prepared businesses for executing exit strategies and near term liquidity events. The depth of his industry network allows Mr. MacLean to assess businesses from the bottom up-making them more cost-effective, organized, and smarter. He is a frequently sought after apparel industry expert, and has guest lectured at institutions such as the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Mr. MacLean graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor Degree in Enviromental Studies.

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Russell Riggins

Managing Director

rriggins@creomontminy.com


Mr. Riggins brings to CM&Co. over 30 years of experience in a variety of corporate finance activities including financial management, cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, valuation, turnarounds, strategic planning, business process design and business combinations. Prior to CM&Co., Mr. Riggins was Director of Client Services at the Corum Group and assisted in the completion of over $600 million in sell-side transactions for 20 clients in the software and IT Services industries. Previously, Mr. Riggins held senior leadership roles in three entrepreneurial companies, for which he raised capital, helped grow, and eventually led successful exits. Prior to that, Mr. Riggins spent 10 years at the ParaMarketing Group, a business strategy and marketing consultancy that helps clients develop go-to-market strategies for new products, service offerings and process redesigns where his clients included Adobe, IBM, Hitachi Data Systems, Cisco, Docent, Segate and Adaptec. Mr. Riggins started his career as an audit partner at KPMG Peat Marwick, where for 21 years he provided audit and financial services to a wide range of privately held and public clients. Mr. Riggins holds a Bachelor of Administration and Accounting Degree from the University of Washington, and previously was licensed as a CPA in Hawaii, Guam and Washington State.

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John Simpson

Managing Director

jsimpson@creomontminy.com


Mr. John Simpson brings to CM&Co. over 20 years' executive experience in the software industry followed by 15 years of M&A advisory and strategic growth consulting services to mid-market technology organizations. Mr. Simpson's software career began in the early days of Silicon Valley, raising venture capital to found Analytica Inc., a PC productivity software start-up. Following its sale to Borland Software, he served in a variety of senior executive positions in large public software companies including DEC; BMC Software, Boole and Babbage; and Ingres Corporation. His career included several CXO roles, strategic channel development, and global operations. Mr. Simpson is a past member of Microsoft Windows Enterprise Advisory Board, and is a regular speaker at major software industry conventions. Before joining CM&Co., Mr. Simpson was a Managing Director at the Corum Group, driving 15 sell-side transactions for software companies collectively valued at over $200 million. Prior to that, he founded and ran Onyx Associates, a boutique M&A firm headquarterd in the San Francisco Bay Area, conducting sell-side transactions for over 20 privately-held mid-market companies. Mr. Simpson was educated in his native England, graduating with a degree in Computer Science from Surrey University.

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Barry M. Spector

Managing Director

bspector@creomontminy.com


Mr. Spector brings to CM&Co. a combined 40 years of experience in investment banking and operational leadership. He has successfully completed numerous transactions, advising both public and private companies on strategic alternatives, and served for more than two decades as CEO operating multiple food manufacturing companies. His skills include turnaround management, operations and financial restructurings and crisis management, Mr. Spector’s food industry expertise spans packaged snacks, meat, meat snacks, branded and private label consumer items, refrigerated and frozen foods, grocery/center of the store products, bakery and food distribution. Prior to joining CM&Co., Mr. Spector was a principal at JH Chapman Group, an operating partner at FocalPoint Investment Advisors, and head of consumer banking at Ferris Baker Watts, in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Spector was educated at both Ohio University and Johns Hopkins University, and completed the Harvard Business School’s Owner-President Management Program. He has served on the boards of Rymer Foods (NASDAQ:RYMR), La Parisienne Bakery, and the University of Maryland’s William Smith Graduate School of Business and Management-Dingman Center and currently serves on the board of Saval Foods and Deli Brands. Mr. Spector holds a Series 7 and 63 license.

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Adnan Iqbal

Vice President

aiqbal@creomontminy.com


Mr. Iqbal has seven years of diversified investment banking experience. He is involved in CM&Co.’s most notable transactions and supervises the firm's team of junior professionals. Prior to joining CM&Co., Mr. Iqbal was an Associate at Telos Advisors, a Los Angeles investment bank specializing in media & technology companies. While at Telos, Mr. Iqbal was integrally involved in the firm's M&A, private placement and strategic advisory practices. Prior to that, he was an industry generalist at New Century Capital Partners, where Mr. Iqbal advised a variety of privately-held companies in M&A and private placement transactions. Mr. Iqbal is registered with FINRA and holds the Series 63 and 79 licenses.

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Steven On

Senior Associate

son@creomontminy.com


Mr. On has six years of investment banking and private equity experience in a broad range of industries. Prior to joining CM&Co., Mr. On was a Senior Analyst at Gryphon Investors, a San Francisco-based middle market private equity firm. At Gryphon, Mr. On assisted with the sourcing, analyzing, structuring, financing and execution of transactions. Prior to that, he was an investment banking analyst at Wells Fargo Securities where he helped raise debt for companies across multiple industries as part of the Leveraged Finance Group. Mr. On received his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. On is registered with FINRA and holds Series 63 and 79 licenses.

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Michael Cohen

Associate

mcohen@creomontminy.com


Michael Cohen has four years of generalist investment banking experience. Prior to CM&Co. he was an Analyst at Oberon Securities, LLC, a boutique investment bank headquartered in New York City. While at Oberon, Mr. Cohen focused on growth capital raising and mergers & acquisitions for the TMT, business services, retail and consumer industries. Prior to that Mr. Cohen was an Analyst at Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., Inc. where his team performed initial public offerings, follow-on capital raises, and private placement offerings for high yield investment vehicles. Mr. Cohen graduated from the University of Miami with a B.B.A and a concentration in Finance. Mr. Cohen is registered with FINRA and holds Series 63 and 79 licenses.

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Ben Bernal

Associate

bbernal@creomontminy.com


Mr. Bernal has ten years of generalist management, investment banking and private equity experience. Prior to CM&Co., Mr. Bernal was an Intern Analyst at Arrowroot Capital, a private equity firm based in Santa Monica, CA. Mr. Bernal has particular expertise in mergers & acquisitions for the manufacturing, retail, consumer and business services industries. Prior to that, Mr. Bernal spent over seven years as a Project Manager for CJ Bernal Construction, a family-owned commercial and residential construction company, where he oversaw a myriad of construction projects from start to finish. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. major in economics and minor in accounting. Mr. Bernal is registered with FINRA and holds the Series 63 license.

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Yao Lu

Analyst

ylu@creomontminy.com


Yao Lu has three years of generalist investment banking, asset management, and wealth management experience. Most recently, he was an Associate at Capital Stone Holdings, a privately held international private investment firm focusing on venture capital, buyouts, and real estate related asset management headquartered in Los Angeles. While at Capital Stone, Mr. Lu focused on fund raising and mergers & acquisitions for transactions in the real estate and food industries. Preceding his time at Capital Stone, Mr. Lu was an Associate at Ping An Trust Co., Ltd., where his group provides private wealth management and asset management services to institutional clients. Mr. Lu graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science and Economics.

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Jung Park

Vice President, Finance

jpark@creomontminy.com


Mr. Park brings to CM&Co. over 10 years of accounting experience in the financial services industry. He provides accounting support to CM&Co. and the CREO Group, including the accounting functions, preparation and consolidation of financial statements, analysis of management reports, general ledger, and budgeting. In conjunction with the firm's CEO, FINOP and outside auditors, Mr. Park handles associated regulatory filings including annual audit procedures. Previously he founded and led the Pro Academy Center. Mr. Park graduated from California State University, where he attained a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance.

Kenneth George

FINOP

kgeorge@creomontminy.com


Mr. George serves as the firm’s FINOP. He has over twenty years of experience as a Series 27 Principal and also maintains the FINRA Series 63 license. Mr. George has extensive hands-on knowledge of a full range of broker dealer accounting functions, finance, preparation and consolidation of financial statements, analysis of management reports, general ledger, budgeting, and all associated regulatory filings including annual audit procedures. In 2003, he founded FINOP Services, LLC to provide FINOP services for many types of broker-dealers including but not limited to: self-clearing firms, exchange member firms, municipal, research, introducing and investment banking broker-dealers. From 1987 through 1991, he worked as a Compliance Examiner at the Boston District of the NASD where he conducted examinations of self-clearing, market maker, municipal securities and general securities firms throughout the Northeast. Mr. George holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and is a licensed CPA.

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Amy Lyon

Operations Manager

alyon@creomontminy.com


Ms. Lyon has seven years of administrative, operational and accounting experience in the financial services and entertainment industries. Prior to CM&Co., Ms. Lyon worked at GHC Housing Partners and Direct Cinema Limited. Ms. Lyon graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a B.A. in History and is currently working towards obtaining a CPA license.

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ZELANA MONTMINY

SPECIAL ADVISOR

zmontminy@creomontminy.com


Dr. Montminy is a renowned author, television host and consultant to executives, celebrities and corporations on matters of health, wellness and mental fitness. She provides support to CM&Co. on various client matters and guides the firm’s environment towards a motivated, success-driven and human-centric company culture. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, serves on several Scientific Advisory Boards including the Institute for Applied Positive Research and Lovevery, and is a Director in the Montminy Group. She graduated with Honors from Pomona College and holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, along with a Certification in Nutrition from Cornell University.

Dr. Montminy has partnered with industry leading non-profits such as the JUMP! Foundation, YPO, Common Sense Media, The Giving Keys, and a variety of schools and universities around resilience programs. Some of her corporate clients include: Saks Fifth Avenue, Coca-Cola, Estee Lauder, Smashbox, Nivea, Chobani, PopSugar, Dove, Downy, Gillette, Adidas, New Balance, Reebok, Victoria’s Secret, Physique57, Fabletics, Thrive Market, Foodstirs, Lorna Jane, Flywheel, Suja Juice, Amazing Grass, Wedderspoon, Gaia Herbs, Lovevery, HMSHost, KPMG, Bank of America, Soho House, University of California, Los Angeles, Pepperdine University, Pomona College, Business School of Latvia, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, National Association of Women’s Business Owners, Los Angeles Business Journal, Commercial Real Estate Women Network and the Oregon Department of Education.

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NATHAN PESINA

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT & MARKETING COORDINATOR

npesina@creomontminy.com


Mr. Pesina brings to CM&Co. over eight years of administrative and marketing experience. Previously, he worked at AMC, the University of Texas at Austin, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Kearley & Company, where he held a variety of marketing, writing and administrative roles. Mr. Pesina graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and Texas Christian University with a B.A. in Digital Media & Writing.

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Analysts & Interns


We maintain a skilled team of analysts and interns recruited directly from major universities, leading investment banks and private equity firms. Our intern program is highly sought after and has led to full-time employment at CM&Co. as well other leading investment banks. We also enjoy, on an as-needed, basis exclusive access to additional junior professional resources through our affiliated companies and strategic partners.

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Greg Bortz

Senior Advisor


Mr. Bortz serves as a Managing Partner of CREO Capital Partners and Chairman of the CREO Group. He has 25 years of experience in public market investing, private equity investing, investment banking and accounting. Prior to CREO, Mr. Bortz served as a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers focused on business and professional services sub-sectors, including the security, staffing, human capital management, facilities services, consulting services, marketing services and business process outsourcing sectors. Previously, Mr. Bortz served as a Vice President in investment banking at Credit Suisse, focusing on providing a full suite of investment banking services to mid- and large-cap companies in the Western United States. Prior to that, Mr. Bortz served as a senior manager in the business assurance practice at Ernst and Young. Mr. Bortz graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Business Science degree. He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa as well as in England & Wales.