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Private Investment Office

David Brennan

David Brennan

Executive Director
David Brennan
Gheeve Changizi

Gheeve Changizi

Director, Private Merchant Banking
Gheeve Changizi
Jan Meyer

Jan Meyer

Portfolio Manager
Jan Meyer
Michael Magnay

Michael Magnay

Executive Director
Michael Magnay
Nigel Spray

Nigel Spray

Managing Director Principal Investments & Advisory
Nigel Spray
Paul Kearney

Paul Kearney

Managing Director, Head of Private Banking
Paul Kearney
David Brennan

David Brennan

Executive Director

Telephone: +353 (0) 1438 4552
Location: Dublin

David Brennan is an Executive Director within the Private Investment Office at Kleinwort Benson. Prior to joining Kleinwort Benson in April 2011, David was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Karrig Strategic Capital LLP, a family office established for a European Technology entrepreneur.

David has 25 years’ experience in the family office, asset management and investment banking sectors. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche in Dublin he worked with a number of financial institutions in Australia, including Bankers Trust, Macquarie Bank and Zurich Capital Markets Asia before returning to Ireland.

David has particular expertise in streamlining the management of large and complex wealth for ultra high net worth clients.

He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and holds Bsc (Mngt) Honours from Trinity College Dublin.

Gheeve Changizi

Gheeve Changizi

Director, Private Merchant Banking

Gheeve joined Kleinwort Benson in May 2016. He has held previous positions at Lazard and Hannam & Partners. Over the course of his career he has undertaken transactions in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), restructuring and equity fundraising in UK, Middle East, Asia and Africa. He holds a BA in Modern History from Kings College London and has an MSc in Finance (Distinction) from London Business School.

Jan Meyer

Jan Meyer

Portfolio Manager

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3207 7153
Location: London

Jan joined Kleinwort Benson from Goldman Sachs in London where he was an Executive Director in Private Wealth Management for the EMEA region, focusing on portfolio management.  He worked there for 5 years.  Prior to moving to London in 2010 Jan was based with Goldman in Frankfurt covering sales and portfolio management for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  He primarily works on developing the tools we use to analyse portfolio performance and enhance the investment strategies we offer to our clients. Prior to joining Goldman he spent 2 years with a quantitative asset manager designing their asset allocation models.

Jan graduated from the University of Paderborn with a degree in economics and subsequently completed his MBA.  He is also a CFA charter holder.  His thesis was on the Effect of Open Market Operations on Financial Markets.

Michael Magnay

Michael Magnay

Executive Director

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3207 7238
Location: London

Michael is an Executive Director of Kleinwort Benson’s Private Investment Office. Michael manages a wide range of private client, charity and trust portfolios, and is actively involved in the structuring of portfolios with a focus on risk and volatility management.

In 2008 he opened the Kleinwort Benson Cambridge office with the mandate to grow and expand the Kleinwort Benson franchise in the East of England.

Michael has a bachelors degree in European Studies, specialising in German, Politics and Economics from the University of Manchester. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Nigel Spray

Nigel Spray

Managing Director Principal Investments & Advisory

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3207 7149
Location: London

Nigel Spray joined Kleinwort Benson at the beginning of 2011 as Managing Director of the Principal Investments and Advisory team.

Prior to rejoining Kleinwort Benson, Nigel founded Frontiers Capital in 2001 where he was managing partner. Frontiers Capital was a principal investor in and adviser to high growth businesses in the telecommunications and consumer sectors. Frontiers Capital invested in some 20 companies and all were exited through trade sales or listings.

Prior to establishing Frontiers, Nigel was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, jointly running its European Consumer Group. His clients included Carrefour, Carphone Warehouse, Castorama and Tesco. He acted on a range of transactions including listings and M&A. Prior to Credit Suisse, Nigel was a Managing Director of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where he ran the corporate finance department in Paris for four years and also headed its Consumer Group in Europe.

Nigel qualified as a corporate lawyer at Cameron Mckenna. He has a BA in Law from Bristol University.

Paul Kearney

Paul Kearney

Managing Director, Head of Private Banking

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3207 7465
Location: London

Paul Kearney is a Managing Director of Kleinwort Benson and Head of Private Banking.  Prior to joining the bank in April 2011, Paul was a founder and managing partner of Karrig Strategic Capital, a family office established for a European technology entrepreneur.  Together with his team and clients Paul joined Kleinwort Benson to establish the Private Investment Office. 

Paul has a 25-year career in finance, initially qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, where he specialised in the taxation of international transactions and structured investment products.  He subsequently joined the start up investment banking and capital markets business of the Zurich Financial Services group, Zurich Capital Markets, where he became Chief Executive Offcer of the European activities of the group and global co-head of the structured finance activities.  Paul was instrumental in building the business over five years to over 400 people in seven offices with a USD 15 billion asset base. 

Paul has particular expertise in delivering solutions to enable the management and control of substantial investment portfolios, including structuring international asset holding and acquisition structures.  He holds an honours degree in Economics and is a board member and trustee of The Opera Group, an award-winning, nationally and internationally renowned opera company, specialising in commissioning and producing new operas.