Team

 

Experience

Employees of Prime Advocates are all current or former city professionals with decades of expertise, but also a passion to give back. It is this unique blend of expertise that enables us to provide market-leading advice for the most positive outcome. We combine the passion of the social world with the rigour of the corporate world.



Anthony Murphy is the Founder and Managing Director of Prime Advocates. Anthony has been the EMEA head of Prime Services and Equity Finance legal for large financial institutions, including J.P. Morgan and Bear Stearns where he was instrumental in the build-out of the EMEA Prime Brokerage business. Anthony has a wealth of experience in the alternatives and Social Finance space, having assisted Social Finance groups and organisations for over 14 years. Anthony has undertaken market leading work on the ISLA 2010 GMSLA (equity finance/ stock borrow loan) redraft, lobbying on post Lehman bank resolution legisation, analysis and drafting in the fields related to Client Assets protection legislation, the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, collateralisation, default enforcement and financial promotion. Anthony qualified as a solicitor at the global US law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, specialising in Securitisation. He holds a higher LLB in Law from Bristol University. Anthony has been involved in numerous philantrophic endeavours and Social Finance initiatives, but Anthony’s past work with Homeless International on leveraged guarantees (and their Africa Bond) and his current work with One Drop Foundation is noteworthy.

Cathy Marsh is a Senior Consultant Adviser at Prime Advocates. Cathy specialises in project and infrastructure finance, with nearly 20 years experience in the sector including as a partner at Milbank Tweed. Cathy has a deep and prolonged involvement in Social Finance. Cathy currently serves as Vice-President of the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence – CAADV.

Karina van Ginkel is an U.S. qualified Associate and Programme Manager at Prime Advocates. Karina’s experience includes working as an associate at a leading international law firm in the capital markets group, where her practice included representing public and private issuers on a debt and equity capital market transactions. During her time at the international law firm, Karina was seconded to manage the London office Corporate Social Responsibility programme where she gained experience in pro bono and volunteer management, among other social impact initiatives. Karina holds a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a BA in International Affairs from Florida State University.

Michael Vanaselja is a Pro Bono Project Manager at Prime Advocates. Michael is an associate solicitor at a leading international law firm in the derivatives and structured products group. He has over 5 years of legal and commercial experience in the UK, Canada and Asia, focusing on capital markets and international finance. Michael has worked on the issuance of various social impact bonds in the UK and has been involved in the structuring of the first social impact bond issued to retails investors. Michael holds an LLB from King’s College London and a BAH in Mathematics and Philosophy from Queen’s University, Canada.

Peter Babudu is a Senior Impact Advisor at Prime Advocates.  Peter is a leading social impact expert and has designed and delivered projects with a wide range of social impact funds, banks, national and regional government, private organisations and charitable foundations. His work has included providing strategic advice on impact and measurement approaches to many of the largest investors in the UK social investment market and being responsible for impact reporting on various multimillion pound impact programmes, accelerators and government funds. Peter previously qualified as a solicitor at the magic circle law firm Clifford Chance, in their corporate finance division. Peter holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MSc in International Development from Birkbeck, University of London

Additional support: Prime Advocates has a five person strong, fully integrated support network of charity law expertise, finance and accountancy experts on hand. Furthermore, we have long standing and deep commercial relationships with market leading Prime Advocates “partner” commercial legal firms and other financial services advisory firms. We adapt to source and apply the very best resources for the transaction or venture in question. This enables us to deliver results efficiently and with originality. Prime Advocates is also supported by its alumni associates.

Volunteers: We have a dedicated network of volunteers who provide practical and technical support. If you would like to “become involved” with Prime Advocates and Social Finance please contact: anthony@primeadvocates.com.


Legal Panel

Prime Advocates’ legal panel of preferred law-firms is fluid and currently includes: i) Weil, Gotshal; ii) Linklaters; iii)  Allen & Overy


Advisory Board

We are fortunate to have a gifted advisory board of international leaders who operate within the arenas of business, philanthrophy and Social Finance. Our core advisory board members include:

Diamandis Karamagias has over twenty years’ experience in Business Administration and Management in Capital Markets. He is the Chief Financial and Operating Officer (CFO/COO) of RiverRock European Capital Partners, an independent asset management company that provides intelligent capital solutions to European SMEs. Previously he was the COO of Equities and Fixed Income at Jefferies International in Europe and before that he was a Senior Managing Director and the COO of Equities at Bear Stearns International in Europe from 1996 to 2008 when he transitioned to J.P. Morgan as the Business Manager of the Equity Prime Brokerage division.

Zack Wilson  Zack serves as Group General Counsel for Impax Asset Management Group plc. He is a Non-Executive Director of Impax Funds (Ireland) plc. Prior to joining Impax in 2011, Zack was Director & General Counsel for the investment management group Development CapitalManagement. Previously he was Corporate Counsel for Telewest Global Inc, where he played a leading role in managing the successful execution of high profile transactions including the Group’s $10 billion financial restructuring. Zack qualified as a solicitor at the global law firm Norton Rose.

Mark Campanale has some twenty years experience in sustainable financial markets. He has co-founded numerous sustainable investment businesses at Jupiter Asset Management, NPI, AMP Capital, and Henderson Global Investors. Mark is a Co-Founder Director of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), an Honorary Treasurer of The Rainforest Foundation, an Advisor to Halloran Philanthropies and is also a Founder Director of The Social Stock Exchange which is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Robert Powell is Head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion (CR&I) at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP. He manages the full breadth of activities within the London office’s award-winning CR&I programme, from advising at local law clinics and fielding requests for pro bono advice from a range of leading charities, NGOs and social enterprises, to community and Inclusion endeavours such as working with young people, social entrepreneurs and the office’s philanthropic efforts.

Rob is also on the board of Special Olympics GB, Heart of the City and is a member of a number of advisory boards for charities.

Steve Cormack was the Managing Partner of Sid Lee (Amsterdam), one of the world’s most transformative communications companies.  The past 15 years have seen him build a truly global portfolio, living in Australia, Canada, the UK and now Amsterdam where he leads projects across Asia and EMEA.  Among his many highlights has been working with Fast Food giants to weave more transparent and more sustainable practices into both their business models and storytelling efforts.  As a huge believer in using creativity to solve real business problems, he is enthusiastic about applying his skills to spur positive impact at all levels simultaneously – commercial success, social improvement and environmental impact.

 

Legacy Advocates: Melinda Wallman, Melinda leads Major, Lindsey & Africa’s EMEA Partner Practice Group.