Thierry Sebton

Thierry Sebton, Managing Partner

Thierry is founder and managing partner of Accola. He has over 25 years of experience in financial structuring and advisory for European clients. He was head of structured finance teams at Paribas, IBJ, RBS and Calyon. He notably originated and structured the first securitisation deals in Italy, the first French credit cards securitisation and the first property bond backed by commercial real estate. He also created ABCP conduits allowing corporates’ receivables' funding. He pioneered alternative financing for European midcaps, notably through the arrangement of the Micado funds.

Carole d'Armaillé

Carole d'Armaillé, Senior Advisor

Carole has 30 years' experience in Financial Markets and Public Affairs. After managing financial risks in the Packaging, Defense and Finance Industry, Carole served 12 years in non-profit professional associations, firstly as Managing Director of the French Association of Corporate Treasurers and then as Communications Director of Paris EUROPLACE. Before joining Accola, Carole was a Senior Advisor in Corporate Finance for Aurel-BGC Partners in Paris. Carole is currently Non-Executive Director of Maurel & Prom (French Junior Oil Company).

Constantinos Asteris

Constantinos Asteris, Senior Advisor

Constantinos is a corporate finance professional with 20 years of corporate and shipping business experience in the “sell” and “buy” side. For 10 years he held managerial positions at Credit Lyonnais, Natixis and Bank of Ireland’s corporate, ship finance and advisory teams. He originated and managed debt portfolios for public and private groups. In 2010 he moved to the “buy” side serving as the CFO and Director of Icon Shipping and Dana Shipping and Trading where he catered for corporate development and the entire finance function. Currently specifically engaged with PE JVs creating financial and operational synergies, including origination and placement


Stephen Barney

Stephen Barney, Senior Advisor

Stephen has 35 years of experience in financial services, including investment management and wealth management, with a broad range of positions held, including Chief Administrative Officer for Switzerland for HSBC, with responsibilities for business management, risk, compliance, regulatory projects, strategy and membership of Management Committees.   Business development roles have included deputy Business Area Head, Market Head, plus management of key clients.  More recently, Stephen has  advised  wealth management companies, from regulatory to funding.

Michel Bourgery

Michel Bourgery, Senior Advisor

Michel has over 20 years of experience in commercial and investment banking and financial management for shipping. After 10 years as an engineer in the oil & gas and nuclear sectors, Michel launched the shipping finance practice of BNP Paribas. In 2007 he joined DVB Bank as head of the corporate finance department. In 2010, he founded MB Finance Ltd, an investment banking boutique specializing in shipping. Since then, he has served as the CFO of a shipping company, is on the advisory board of  VesselsValue, a web-based online ship valuation intelligence and mapping service, and he is also a senior expert at Cognolink, a major provider of industrial knowledge and intelligence.   

Dennis Buckley

Dennis Buckley, Senior Advisor

Dennis is a veteran with over 40 years of credit and banking experience in the debt markets, working  in various international commercial and investment banking institutions. Foreseeing the inevitable correction, he notably specialised in distressed debt situations long before the 2007 crash. Relying upon his extensive list of investors and contacts in the global financial markets, he has been active most recently in trading and placing all forms of debt, including  leveraged loans, high yield issues and distressed bonds. Dennis is also involved in arranging alternative financing solutions for SMEs across Europe.

Gurminder Mahal

Gurminder Mahal, Senior Advisor

Gurminder has over 16 years experience in financial services across all asset classes. He has specialised in risk management across market, counterparty and credit risk with a focus in more recent times on stress testing and legal entity strategy. He started his career at Deutsche Bank and then was with JPMorgan for over 11 years and in recent times consulted for Credit Suisse and HSBC.
Edward Rushton

Edward Rushton, Senior Advisor

Edward has over 10 years of experience in credit markets. As an investment manager at hedge fund SISU Capital, he traded high yield and distressed corporate credits, as well as emerging market, financial institution and sovereign bonds. He also has extensive experience of both private and public equity investing and currently serves on the board of German air technology specialist airinotec GmbH. Edward holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities respectively. 

Emma Viallard

Emma Viallard, Senior Advisor

Emma has 20 years of experience in risk and regulation in the banking sector, with positions held in HMT, the Bank of England, JPMorgan and more recently at Barclays where she co-headed model risk governance. She graduated from ESSEC Business School and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and started her career in the French Ministry of Finance.