Hugh Elwes is a Managing Director of Stephens Europe and leads the Financial Services Group. Prior to joining Stephens in 2015, he was at Hawkpoint Partners for 12 years, where he was a managing director and head of the financial services practice. He started his career at Morgan Grenfell/Deutsche Bank where he was first an asset manager, then executive assistant to the chairman, Sir John Craven, and then worked in corporate finance for a total of 17 years, including four years in South Africa. He has 30 years of investment banking experience, advising public and private companies on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and fundraisings and has broad experience across the financial services sector. He particularly specialises in the sub-sectors of asset and wealth management, life assurance, general insurance, banking and fintech, and has international experience in Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Scandinavia and South Africa. He has acted for a number of UK and international financial services companies, including Irish Life, Sanlam, GE, Societe Generale, AXA, Bank of Ireland and IBRC (formerly Anglo Irish). Most recently, he advised on the MBO financing of the offshore life company RL360, sponsored by Vitruvian Partners, the majority investment by Inflexion in the new UK distribution platform, Succession Holdings, and the acquisition of the life assurance subsidiaries of DSB Bank in Holland by Chesnara. He has a BA (Hons) in Classics from University of Bristol.