CEO and Group Head, RBC Capital Markets
Derek Neldner is CEO and Group Head of RBC Capital Markets and is a member of RBC’s Group Executive. Derek has global oversight of the firm and, along with the Capital Markets Operating Committee, sets the growth strategy for RBC’s Corporate & Investment Banking and Global Markets business activities worldwide. Together with other members of Group Executive, Derek is also responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.
Derek joined RBC in 1995 and has held a broad array of responsibilities across the firm, and served as Global Head of Investment Banking prior to his current role. He has significant experience across all aspects of investment banking including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, and he continues to provide senior coverage and advice to a number of the firm’s most significant clients. Derek has also been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, including having co-chaired RBC Capital Markets’ Canadian Diversity Leadership Council.
Derek has an active and longstanding commitment to philanthropy and giving back to the community. He has volunteered with a variety of charitable organizations and is currently a board member of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Foundation and is a member of the Major Individual Giving campaign cabinet for the United Way of Toronto & York Region.
Derek holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), as designated by the CFA Institute. Derek is married with four children and lives in Toronto, Canada.
Chief Operating Officer
Troy Maxwell is Chief Operating Officer of RBC Capital Markets with global responsibility for all operational and administrative matters of the firm, including optimizing cost base management and financial resources, and leading the response to regulatory change. Previously, Troy was Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of RBC Capital Markets and Technology & Operations, where he oversaw all finance services to RBC’s wholesale business and technology and operations platform.
Troy is a champion for diversity-related initiatives at RBC and an active member of the community. Since 2009, he has served as the executive sponsor of RBC’s Advancement of Women in Leadership committee, a global leadership forum responsible for driving actions to improve representation of senior women at the bank. Additionally, Troy is a senior advisor for RWomen, RBC Capital Markets’ internal forum dedicated to fostering the development and career aspirations of women. Troy has played a key role in RBC’s annual United Way campaign for several years and acts as Co-Chair of RBC’s national Major Individual Gifts Committee. He is also a member of the United Way Toronto & York Region’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet.
Prior to joining RBC, Troy was Chief Financial Officer of CIBC World Markets and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he led the financial institutions and corporate treasury risk management consulting and advisory business.
Troy is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and holds an Honours BA and a Master's Degree in Accounting from the University of Waterloo.
Head, Human Resources
Gopal Bansal is Managing Director and Head of Human Resources for RBC Capital Markets, where he leads a global team responsible for all aspects of talent management, including leadership development, performance enablement, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion. He is a member of both the Human Resources Operating Committee and the Capital Markets Operating Committee.
Gopal joined RBC in 2014, and previous to this role he was Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, responsible for D&I strategies and programs that drove meaningful progress for talent , clients and the community across RBC. During his time in the role, RBC was named as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, recognized as one of the top five global companies for D&I in the Refinitiv D&I Index for three straight years, and honoured with a global Catalyst Award.
Prior to joining RBC, Gopal held a variety of increasingly senior roles in corporate communications, marketing and public affairs, bringing a strategic view to help solve complex business challenges in the infrastructure, power, and insurance industries, as well as in government.
Gopal has a Bachelor of Arts in English from York University. He and his wife live in Brampton, Ontario with their three children.
Co-Head of Canadian Investment Banking
Carrie Cook is Co-Head of Canadian Investment Banking and is a member of the Capital Markets Operating Committee. She is also Head of the Canadian Consumer and Industrials group. Prior to her current role, she was RBC’s Global Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking. Carrie has more than 25 years of investment banking experience, and has been with RBC since 2011.
Carrie is committed to philanthropy and giving back to the communities where RBC operates. She has been involved in several community initiatives, including serving on the boards of the Toronto Rehab Foundation and the RBC Capital Markets Foundation. In 2018, she served as the National Executive Chair of RBC’s annual Employee Giving campaign in 2018 raising $20 million for charities across Canada.
Carrie has also been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, and is currently an executive member of the RBC Capital Markets’ Canadian Diversity Leadership Council.
Carrie graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and also holds her Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Head, European Investment Banking
Josh Critchley is Head of European Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets. He is a member of the RBC Capital Markets Operating Committee and the European Operating Committee, and sits on RBC’s European Executive Committee. Josh joined RBC Capital Markets in September 2009 to help lead the build-out of our European investment banking and equities platforms within Capital Markets.
Josh has 24 years of investment banking experience, most recently at Goldman Sachs from 2004 to 2009 and before that at Merrill Lynch from 1993 to 2004. He has been responsible for the origination and execution of a significant number of transactions in a variety of industries, including for financial, consumer, telecommunication, healthcare and industrial companies.
Josh holds a BSc from City University Business School, London.
Executive Vice President, Wholesale Credit Risk, RBC
Cam DesBrisay is EVP, Wholesale Credit Risk within Group Risk Management. Cam is responsible for the bank’s credit risk management interface with RBC Capital Markets, as well as the credit risk regulatory contact for Capital Markets. As the senior risk officer for Capital Markets, Cam and his team are responsible for aligning the business segment’s risk management processes with those of the RBC enterprise. He also has responsibility for wholesale credit risk in other business segments, including the National Clients Group in Personal and Commercial Banking. Cam is a member of the Global Risk Management Operating Committee.
Cam joined RBC in 1992, and spent five years working in Corporate Treasury and Market Risk Management. He joined Global Credit in 1998, where he held progressively senior positions including Head of Loan Portfolio Management and Credit Exposure Management, a role he held for several years prior to being appointed Head of Global Credit in 2014.
Cam is on the board of the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of British Columbia.
Co-Head, Canadian Investment Banking
Trevor Gardner is Co-Head, Canadian Investment Banking and is a member of the Capital Markets Operating Committee. He has been with RBC since 1998 and was previously Co-Head of Canadian Energy Investment Banking.
Trevor is involved in several community initiatives, including Chair of the Board of Directors for YMCA Calgary and serving as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Trevor graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University with Honours, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Head, Digital Solutions & Client Insights
Bobby Grubert is Head of Digital Solutions & Client Insights (DSCI) for RBC Capital Markets. In this role, Bobby and his client-facing team are focused on leveraging the firm’s innovation efforts and constantly reimagining and executing upon how we best service our clients in a fast-evolving digital world.
Prior to this role, Bobby served as Co-Head of Global Equities since 2018. Bobby had global accountability for all equity related product capabilities, including sales and trading, origination, new issue distribution, risk management, electronic trading and research.
Bobby began his career as an energy trader with Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, based in Dallas in 1996. Following the merger with Dain Rauscher, Bobby moved to Minneapolis to grow the NYSE Listed business. After RBC acquired Dain Rauscher Wessels in 2001, Bobby transferred to New York and was appointed Head of U.S. Trading in 2007. He became Head of U.S. Equities in 2008, adding responsibility for global electronic trading in 2009 and he assumed responsibility of Cash Equities in Europe in 2014. In 2018, he was appointed Co-Head of Global Equities.
Bobby is a member of the RBC Capital Markets Operating Committee, as well as its U.S. Operating Committee.
He is also Chairman of the Board of the Ronald McDonald House of New York, Inc., a member of the Borealis AI Advisory Council and is a founding member of the RBC U.S. Capital Markets Diversity Leadership Council.
Head, Global Markets
Jonathan Hunter is Head of Global Markets for RBC Capital Markets, and has been a member of the RBC Capital Markets Operating Committee since 2008. He is also on the board of RBC’s U.S. Intermediate Holding Company (IHC).
Jonathan has been with RBC for 30 years, joining its Dealer Trainee Program in 1991. Since then, he has held progressively senior roles within Capital Markets, including Global Co-Head, Fixed Income and Currencies (2006-2011), based in New York, and Global Head of Liquid Products (2002-2006), based in London. He most recently held the role of Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities since 2011 before his appointment to Head of Global Markets in November 2020.
Today, Jonathan leads a team of close to 2,000 professionals within Global Markets, collectively comprised of Sales & Relationship Management, Digital Solutions & Client Insights, Central Funding, Equities, Spread, and Macro business lines. Global Markets is a significant contributor to RBC Capital Markets earnings, and is focused on driving best-in-class client solutions across multiple asset classes through digital innovation and thought leadership.
Jonathan recently completed an eight-year term as a member of the Board of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA).
Jonathan is also actively involved in RBC’s diversity, mentorship and recruitment initiatives, and is a member of RBC Capital Markets’ Canadian Diversity Leadership Council. In 2018, he was formally recognized by the Women in Capital Markets organization as a Champion of Change in acknowledgement for his ongoing efforts to advance women in the workplace.
In addition, Jonathan is a key participant and contributor in RBC’s many community and charitable initiatives, including the RBC Race for the Kids, RBC Trade for the Kids, and he serves as a member of the United Way’s Major Individual Givers cabinet as part of RBC’s annual Employee Giving Campaign.
With Jonathan’s focus on digital transformation, he was recently named to the Advisory Board of the newly designed Smith’s Master of Financial Innovation & Technology (MFIT) program at Queen’s University. He also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees, and sat on the Board of Governors, for The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto from 2015 to 2021.
Jonathan earned his Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance) from Queen’s University in 1991, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Global Head, Sales and Relationship Management and Head, Global Markets Europe
Sian Hurrell was appointed as Head of Global Sales & Relationship Management in March 2021 and Head of Global Markets Europe in February 2022. In addition to being a member of the Capital Markets Operating Committee, Sian sits on the Capital Markets Europe Executive Committee and the Global Markets Operating Committee.
Sian joined RBC in August 2013 after more than 20 years working in Capital Markets in the UK and Asia. She has held a number of senior roles at RBC including Head of FICC Europe and Global Head of FX.
Prior to RBC Sian worked at Royal Bank of Scotland for 13 years where she was most recently Head of European Financial Institution Sales and at HSBC both in London and Australia.
Sian is one of the executive sponsors of the European Global Markets Analyst and Associate Council; a member of the UK Diversity and Inclusion Executive Steering Committee and has represented RBC on a number of Industry Boards (including International Capital Markets Association, The Bank of England’s FX Joint Steering Committee, the Bank of Canada’s Canadian Foreign Exchange Committee, Global Foreign Exchange Division of AFME and the FICC Market Standards Board). She currently represents RBC on the board of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA).
Sian has a BA (Hons) degree the University of Leeds in the UK.
Head, Global Equities
Ahmed Kachenoura is Head of Global Equities at RBC Capital Markets. In this role, Ahmed has global oversight of all aspects of client coverage for traditional cash equities and equity derivatives including sales and trading, origination, new issue distribution, risk management and research, as well as electronic trading. He is a member of both the RBC Capital Markets Operating Committee and the U.S. Operating Committee.
Ahmed joined RBC Capital Markets in August 2012 as Head of EMEA Trading based in London. In August 2013, he moved to New York to become Head of Trading for GELP Americas and Local Head of the U.S. business before being promoted to Head of Global Equity-Linked Products. In 2018, he was appointed Co-Head of Global Equities. Ahmed has a proven track record in building and managing businesses and has held various senior roles over the past two decades within Equity Derivatives in trading, sales, research and risk management.
Ahmed is actively engaged in promoting culture and diversity and in giving back to the community. He is a member of the RBC U.S. Diversity Leadership Committee. Ahmed is actively involved in supporting RBC’s charities and has participated in RBC events for the Ronald McDonald House New York, including Skate with the Greats. He has also been a huge supporter of RBC Race for the Kids, where he has served as a team co-captain.
Ahmed holds an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE), and a Masters from Paris IX-Dauphine University in Cognitive Science. Prior to joining RBC, he spent 17 years at Credit Agricole CIB where he started his career as a Quant and held several Front Office leadership positions in Equity Derivatives.
Head, Strategic Initiatives and ESG
Lindsay Patrick is Managing Director and Head of Strategic Initiatives and ESG at RBC Capital Markets. She leads the Sustainable Finance Group, and with her team, spearheads the provision of solutions and advice for RBC’s institutional and corporate clients across all areas of sustainable finance that incorporates both environmental and social perspectives. Lindsay is also responsible for the advancement of the RBC Capital Markets’ business strategy, supporting the firm’s overall growth and performance ambitions.
Lindsay has two decades experience in investment banking, spanning trading floors across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. She began her career with RBC Capital Markets in investment banking in Toronto, followed by 10-years overseas with a global bank in London, where she held a variety of positions, including the Head of Global Equity Sales and Director of Macro Sales within its Global Equity Derivatives group. Returning to Toronto, she rejoined RBC Capital Markets as the Global ETF Strategist before launching the Sustainable Finance Group.
Lindsay is active within RBC and the industry in advancing important initiatives related to Diversity and Inclusion and is a mentor to numerous colleagues, supporting their growth and development across the bank.
Lindsay received her MBA with Honours in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, her BBA with Honours in International Business from Bishop’s University, is a CFA Charterholder and recently received the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing. Lindsay represents RBC on the Advisory Board for the Institute of Sustainable Finance and is recognized as leader in sustainability in Canada as a Clean50 Honoree. She is an active volunteer within her local community and serves on Investment Committee for the Oakville Community Foundation. Lindsay is the proud mother of four boys.
Head, Central Funding
Daniel Rosenbaum is a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, Head of the Central Funding (CFG) business division and Chairman of the RBC (Barbados) Trading Bank Corporation and RBC CMA LLC subsidiaries. As the Head of CFG, Daniel is responsible for overseeing a global secured financing business which delivers balance sheet solutions to its clients as well as managing investment and market making strategies.
Daniel joined RBC Capital Markets in 1999 in New York as member of the firm's Global Arbitrage and Trading business. He was transferred to London in 2000 where he developed a European trading business as well as co-founded the CFG business. In 2005 he relocated to the Bahamas to develop the firm's Caribbean platform before being transferred back to New York in 2010.
Daniel holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MS in Operations Research from Princeton University.
Managing Director and Head, Global Corporate Banking
Patti Shugart is Managing Director and Head, Global Corporate Banking and a member of the Operating Committee at RBC Capital Markets. In her role, Ms. Shugart oversees a team of approximately 500 professionals globally who specialize in lending, trading credit and loan portfolio management for our corporate and institutional clients. She also chairs the Loan Portfolio Review Committee and the Commitments Committee which determine the firm’s global lending decisions.
Patti is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She sits on the firm’s Capital Markets Global Diversity Leadership Council, is a co-founder of RWomen, a global internal forum dedicated to fostering and developing female talent, and she chairs the Women in Capital Markets’ Advisory Council. She is RBC’s Executive Sponsor for the United Way’s Women United group, is a past United Way Cabinet Member, and a past Executive Champion for the Toronto RBC Race for the Kids. Patti has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the industry through the Champion of Change award from Women in Capital Markets in 2016. She was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women's Executive Network in 2015 and 2017, and received the Women in Capital Markets Award for Leadership in 2010.
Patti also sits on the Advisory Board for the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and is Co-Chair of the Global Advancement Board at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She has an MBA from the University of Toronto (Rotman) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University.
Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking
Matthew Stopnik is a Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking. He joined RBC Capital Markets in January 2015 as the Co-Head of Financial Sponsors. Prior to joining RBC, Matthew spent 20 years at UBS Investment Bank where his most recent role was serving as its U.S. Head of Financial Sponsors.
At RBC, Matthew is responsible for U.S. Investment Banking. He shares responsibility for coverage of banking clients and prospects, including corporate finance industry groups, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, leveraged finance, and loan and high-yield capital markets teams. Matthew is also responsible for managing RBC’s relationships with some of the largest and most active private equity firms in the world. He serves on the firm’s Global Capital Markets and U.S. Regional Operating Committees and he is a member of the firm’s Commitments Committee.
Matthew is Vice Chair and a member of the Board of Trustees of the TEAK Fellowship, a member of the Board of Youth, INC. and a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Partnership for New York City. He received a B.A from the University of Michigan. Matthew and his wife live in New York City with their two children.
CEO Europe, RBC Capital Markets and Head of Wealth Management – International (WM-I)
David Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of RBC Capital Markets Europe and Head of Wealth Management – International (WM-I), with responsibility for leading all aspects of RBC’s Capital Markets and Wealth Management businesses in the UK, Channel Islands and Europe, including strategy execution and effective governance. He is a member of the global RBC Capital Markets Operating Committee, the global RBC Wealth Management Operating Committee and the European Executive Committee. He chairs the Capital Markets Europe and WMI-I Operating Committees. Mr. Thomas also holds a number of UK board roles including Executive Director of RBC Europe Limited and Chairman of RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited.
Mr. Thomas holds a BSc (Hons) degree from Loughborough University in the UK and joined RBC Capital Markets in 1992 following periods at a UK domestic bank and a technology company. Since joining RBC, Mr. Thomas has held a number of both global and regional mandates in business, technology and functional areas across the firm. Outside work, Mr. Thomas is an avid fundraiser and supporter of charitable causes. He is a member of the Corporate Partnerships Board for Great Ormond Street Hospital and is active in fundraising for the charity and SportsAid through the RBC Race for the Kids, RBC Ride for the Kids and other activities.
Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking
Jim Wolfe is the Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking. He joined RBC in June 2008 after spending 15 years at Bear Stearns where he served as Senior Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Group.
Jim became Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking in June 2018. He shares responsibility for coverage of banking clients and prospects, including corporate finance industry groups, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, leveraged finance, and loan and high-yield capital markets teams. He also serves on the Global Capital Markets and U.S. Regional Operating Committees and he is a member of the firm’s Commitments Committee.
Over the past 26 years, Jim has completed transactions of all sizes across the full spectrum of industry sectors. In his previous role, Jim was responsible for the firm’s leveraged finance business in the U.S and Europe, leading an experienced team of specialized professionals to help clients raise the capital in connection with corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and refinancings.
Jim received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California and MBA from Wharton. He served on the Board of Trustees at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT from 2012 to 2018 and he and his wife served as chairs of the Parents Executive Committee of Bowdoin College from 2014-2019.
Ram Amarnath is Vice Chairman, RBC Capital Markets and a member of the Global Investment Banking Management Committee. He is responsible for senior client coverage and has extensive experience in investment banking, providing both financing and merger and acquisition advice across a broad range of industries.
Ram’s career has spanned New York, London and Toronto at both Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. Most recently before joining RBC, Ram was Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Credit Suisse Canada.
Ram graduated with an Honors Business Administration from Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Ram is married with three children and lives in Toronto, Canada.
Stewart Burton is Vice Chairman and member of the Global Banking Operating Committee. He is responsible for senior client coverage and has extensive experience in investment banking, providing both financing and merger and acquisition advice across a broad range of industries. Stewart joined the Corporate Finance Department of RBC Capital Markets in 1986 after earning his MBA degree from the Harvard Business School. Stewart also holds an HBA from the University of Western Ontario.
Prior to completing his MBA, Stewart earned his Chartered Accountants designation after spending three years with Ernst and Young. He is a Director of the Canadian Opera Company.
Peter Buzzi is a Vice Chairman and Co-Head of RBC Capital Markets’ Global Mergers and Acquisitions group. Peter joined RBC Capital Markets in 1986 and has advised numerous Canadian and international companies on a broad range of merger and acquisition transactions with particular emphasis on public takeovers and mergers, financial restructurings and going private and related party transactions. Peter has recently advised, among others, Enbridge on its merger with Spectra Energy, Tim Horton’s on its sale to Burger King Worldwide, SNC-Lavalin on its sale of AltaLink to Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Shoppers Drug Mart on its sale to Loblaw’s.
Peter has a B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Peter is a member of the firm’s Canadian Investment Banking Management Committee and is Chairman of the firm’s Canadian Opinion Review Committee.
Michael Cook is Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets Australia. Michael serves as a senior ambassador of RBC Capital Markets, working closely with the investment banking team to build relationships with clients in Australia.
Michael brings considerable experience and an extensive network to RBC. He spent 19 years with Macquarie in a number of senior roles and 15 years with Bankers Trust, which Macquarie acquired in 1999.
During his time at Macquarie, Michael was appointed Head of Corporate Advisory and Co-Head of Corporate Finance, which ultimately became Macquarie Capital. He also spent seven years with Macquarie in New York with a focus on building the firm's private equity buy-side and infrastructure businesses. On his return to Australia in 2014, Michael chaired Macquarie’s Client Coverage Group with a broad sector focus and responsibility. His recent experience covers the Industrials, Healthcare, Technology, Real Estate, Infrastructure and FIG sectors.
Andrew Federer is Vice Chairman, RBC Capital Markets and is a member of the Global Investment Banking Management Committee, the Equity Commitments Committee and the Mezzanine Finance Committee. He is responsible for senior client relationships and for providing advisory and deal execution services for the firm’s global clients, including: mergers and acquisitions, leveraged loan and high yield financings, bond issuance, and IPOs and secondary offerings.
Andrew has an extensive and broad range of transactional experience having advised a number of North America's largest corporate issuers and private equity firms. He also previously served as Head of Corporate Finance in Canada with responsibility for the management and direction of a number of teams, including: Communications, Media & Telecom, Financial Institutions, Consumer and Industrial Products, Financial Sponsors, Infrastructure Coverage, and Infrastructure (PPP) Project Finance.
Andrew is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Art Gallery of Ontario, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Bishops Strachan School and Co-Chairman of the RBC Capital Markets Foundation.
Since October 2010, Michael Fortier is Vice Chairman, RBC Capital Markets. Prior to joining the Royal Bank of Canada, he had been active principally in the fields of banking, politics and law.
Over the past 25 years, Michael has worked as a senior relationship banker for several Wall Street (Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse) and Canadian (TD Securities) investment banking firms and worked in Canada and the UK for one of the leading Canadian law firms (Norton Rose).
Between January 2006 and November 2008, Michael served as Canada's Minister of Public Works and Minister of International Trade. Throughout this period, he also acted as the Minister responsible for Greater Montreal. Michael also chaired Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party leadership campaign in 2004 and the Party's 2004 and 2006 federal election campaigns.
Michael sits on the boards of CAE and Pomerleau. He also served from 2012 to 2015 as a member of United Technologies’ International Advisory Council. He is active with many philanthropic organizations, including as Chairman of Ste Justine Hospital’s Foundation since 2012. He has also accepted numerous pro bono assignments from municipal, provincial and federal governments, notably negotiating the return of Formula One racing to Canada.
Michael lives in Montreal with his wife Michelle and his six children.
Larry Grafstein has been Deputy Chairman of Global Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets since September of 2018. In his 30 years on Wall Street, he has advised clients on nearly $1 trillion of completed transactions. His experience spans all industries and geographies and includes some of the largest and most complex M&A, restructuring, equity and privatization deals.
His clients over the years have included AerCap, AT&T, BAT, Charter Communications, Creative Artists Agency, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Hutchison Whampoa, Intel, Jabil, Juniper, Leucadia, Level 3, Microsoft, Mosaic, Sprint, Time Warner, TPG, Visteon and Vodafone. Recently he advised CSX on its response to activist investor Mantle Ridge, IBM on its acquisition of Truven, and Molson Coors on its acquisition of its Miller Coors JV. He advised on the restructurings of WorldCom and Nortel, two of the largest done to date.
He has worked on behalf of the Governments of Canada and Ontario regarding their investments in Chrysler and General Motors after the financial crisis and advised on the landmark privatizations of Telefonos de Mexico and Telstra of Australia. He recently represented Statewide Mobility Partners, a consortium of investment funds, on the divestiture of Indiana Toll Roads, one of the largest infrastructure sales in US history. In 2014 he helped settle the strike and consumer boycott at Market Basket Supermarkets in New England through the sale by certain members of the Demoulas family of their ownership stake and resolution of their 20-year control dispute.
Larry is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.), Oxford University (M.Phil, Balliol College, Rhodes Scholar), and the University of Toronto (J.D.). He is co-chair of his Harvard class and has served on the board of a number of public companies and philanthropic institutions, including the US board of Upper Canada College and the board of trustees of Horace Mann School in New York.
Kent Savagian is a Vice Chairman in the Global Investment Banking Group and Head of the Los Angeles Office. Kent is a widely recognized expert in complex advisory, financing and out-of-court restructuring transactions with almost 30 years of experience. Kent has spent much of his career advising media clients as well as West Coast based private equity clients. To date, Kent has worked on over $250 billion of financing assignments across a broad range of products including leverage finance, equity, investment grade and film/content financing, and in excess of $150 billion of advisory work for clients in his career.
Kent previously served as a Managing Director at Moelis & Company and Credit Suisse where he advised corporate clients including the Walt Disney Company, Euro Disney SCA, Sony Entertainment, Penton Media, Media Rights Capital, Pixar Entertainment and Scripps Networks. He has also worked with most West Coast private equity clients including Oaktree Capital, Ares Capital, Leonard Green Partners and Aurora Capital. Prior to Moelis & Company, Kent ran the highly successful Los Angeles Office at Credit Suisse from 2005 through 2011, and prior to Credit Suisse worked in the Los Angeles Office of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette.
Kent holds a BS in Economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA in Finance from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. He is on the board of the California Chamber of Commerce and served on the Executive Board in 2013, Chairs the Audit and Finance Committee at St James’ Episcopal School and is currently involved in the Los Angeles Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America.
CEO, RBC Capital Markets, Europe
David Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of RBC Capital Markets Europe, responsible for leading all aspects of the business in the region, including strategy execution and effective governance. This includes all areas of the UK business and the branch operations of RBC Europe Ltd., in Germany and France. He is a member of the RBC Capital Markets global Operating Committee and the European Executive Committee, and chairs the European Operating Committee. David also holds a number of UK board roles including Executive Director of RBC Europe Limited and Chairman of RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited.
David holds a BSc (Hons) degree from Loughborough University in the UK and joined RBC Capital Markets in 1992 following periods at a UK domestic bank and a technology company. Since joining RBC, David has held a number of both global and regional mandates in Technology, Operations, Risk Management and Compliance. He is a member of the Corporate Partnerships Board for Great Ormond Street Hospital and is active in fundraising for the charity.
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Capital Markets and U.S. Intermediary Holding Company
John Thurlow is the U.S. COO of RBC Capital Markets. Based in Jersey City, New Jersey, John is responsible for all operational, control and administrative aspects of RBC’s U.S. Capital Markets businesses and has local management responsibility for all Technology, Operations and Functions groups. John is also the Chief Operating Officer for RBC U.S. Holdings LLC, RBC’s U.S. Intermediate Holding Company (IHC) in which he works closely with the IHC CEO and all U.S. business leaders in driving collaboration opportunities across our U.S. operations.
John joined RBC in May of 2015 from Credit Suisse, where he held dual roles as the COO for Credit Suisse’s Americas Equities businesses and the Head of Front Office Controls for Credit Suisse’s Global Equities business. Prior to Credit Suisse, John spent 16 years at Merrill Lynch, where he held various Financing, Operational and COO positions within Merrill’s Treasury, Equity Derivatives and Prime Brokerage divisions in New York, Hong Kong and Australia. He began his career in commercial banking during which he held a variety of Credit and Operations roles.
John is active in RBC’s Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and in the Jersey City community. He is the Executive Sponsor OF RBC’s Vets Network ERG working closely with select veteran organizations in both New York and New Jersey. John serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the New Jersey City University School of Business, and actively supports The Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County and The All-Stars Project Development School for Youth.
John received his B.A. in Finance and International Business from Pace University in New York, and his M.B.A in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Additionally, he holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO), RBC, Asia-Pacific & Chief Operating Officer (COO), RBC Capital Markets, Asia-Pacific
Blair Wark is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for RBC in Asia-Pacific and Chief Operating Officer (COO), RBC Capital Markets Asia-Pacific. As CFO he leads the Asia-Pacific finance team and oversees all finance services to the Asia-Pacific business platforms, including valuations, financial and product control, and performance management. As COO, he oversees the regulatory obligations and business operations, and leads the functional, operational, and financial aspects of Capital Markets in the region. Blair is actively involved in regional diversity initiatives and is Chair of the Australia Diversity Council.
Blair joined RBC in 2010 as a Director, Head of Finance. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in banking in London, New York, and Australia, having held roles with Price Waterhouse, Halifax plc, Banco Santander, and Lloyds International. Blair studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia with B Bus. Major and Law sub-Major.