Persella Ioannides

Executive Director

Persella has an MBA and an MS in Financial Engineering from Columbia University and a BS in Mathematics and Statistics from Bristol University. She spent three years as a risk manager for Morgan Stanley’s institutional equity derivatives desk in New York. In 2007, Persella set up MeritKapital, an FCA and CySEC licensed investment firm with an initial focus on asset management and investment advice. Since, she has progressively grown the firm’s product offerings to include proprietary trading, brokerage, custody and the underwriting business and has worked towards building the firm’s global presence. Persella has developed the firm’s niche in the Eurobond fixed income space, particularly in the emerging markets where these include Russia and the CIS. Her strong relationships with large buy side funds are testament to the positioning of MeritKapital in its field of expertise.

LADI OLUWO

Executive Director

LADI began his career as a commodities trader and spent time in institutions both in London, the most recent of which was Commodities Spectrum Ltd, and in Nigeria, at Knights Capital Ltd, where he was able to build a local buy side network. In 2014, he joined Renaissance Capital Limited in London to set-up the Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) Trading operation of the Fixed Income Desk. He was responsible for identifying fixed income trading opportunities from the regions and advising institutional clients accordingly. Subsequently, he joined MeritKapital Ltd to develop a par effort. He holds a degree in Mathematics and Statistics with Finance from  Queen Mary University of London and the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

Panos Ioannides

Panos Ioannides

Non-Executive Director

Panos holds a BA from Yale University where he double majored in Mathematics and Economics and is also an ACCA member. After university, Panos spent two years at Kaiser Associates, Washington, a global mid-size management-consulting firm with an elite client base. Following, he joined Merit group in 2007 where he served as an Executive Director for MeritKapital, an FCA and CySEC licensed investment firm with a fixed income focus and Meritservus, a fiduciary services firm with an institutional client pool. Panos had especially contributed to the growth of MeritKapital when he led its distressed debt team to broker the first structured trade in Bank of Cyprus restricted deposits subsequent to the bank bail-in by the Troika. The firm subsequently became the biggest proprietary trader of such claims on the island and was able to establish relationships with large institutional funds with a distressed debt focus.

IKE NWOBODO

Non-Executive Director

Ike commenced his career at Calyon’s interest rate derivatives’ team where he focused on the valuation, structuring and hedging of underlying deals. Subsequently, he moved on to Exotix Partners LLP (Exotix), UK where he became Partner following his notable input towards the growth of the Sub Sahara Africa (SSA) desk in equities and fixed income and, also across structured products. During his Exotix tenure, Ike had successfully expanded his network of clients locally within SSA as well as within the Western capital markets and was able to cross-respective flow. Within the Western Capital markets an important achievement to highlight was his contribution towards expanding Exotix’s footprint in Scandinavia. He has since taken an entrepreneurial path whereby he has returned to Nigeria to setup and run “Chringo Ventures”, a manufacturer of health drinks that sells both locally and internationally. Ike graduated with a BA Honors in Economics from the University of Newcastle and is a holder of the CF30 FCA examinations.

Maximos Iakovlev

Maximos Iakovlev

Non-Executive Director

Max holds a BA from Yale University where he double majored in Mathematics and Economics. After university, Max spent two years at Lehman Brothers, New York, trading Foreign Exchange options. Following, Max joined Goldman Sachs’s Commodities department in 2007 where he spent 8 years trading oil products. In 2015, Max left Goldman Sachs as amongst the youngest individuals within the firm to reach Managing Director status and was headhunted by Mercuria, a global energy and commodities group with offices in more than 50 countries. He is currently a Managing Partner in Mercuria’s London office where he continues to apply his expertise within the oil trading sphere.