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The Kingfishers

Formed in 2017 through a collaboration of seasoned and highly experienced Investment and Business professionals bringing together a wide variety of skills and invaluable business experience on a global basis.

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The KCA team bring together over 300 years of hands-on experience gained in the Management and Operation of; Equity & Capital Markets, Derivative Markets, OvertheCounter (OTC) Structured Solutions & Products, Asset, Fund and Investment Management, Banking & Investment Banking, Transaction & Business Structuring, and Corporate Finance & Capital Funding.

The KCA team excel at identifying business opportunities, providing strategy and implementing workable solutions and initiatives, overcoming obstacles and driving enterprise value forward. 

KCA provide a ‘think outside the box’ approach to all aspects of business.

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Simon Smith

KCA Principal & Founder
ATFL Fund Manager

Ex-CEO and Partner Commodity & Derivatives Trading Groups, and ex-MD Investment Banking, Trading & Brokerage Groups (Jefferies, Cargill Group, GNI and Man Group) across 40 Years in London & HK. Experienced Senior Manager, Board Executive and specialist derivatives, OTC Structured Trading and capital Markets hedging on a global basis. Established a $1.5b Commodity based investment asset manager in 2006 returning 22% per annum. A proven business builder of complex operations globally. Business Advisor and investor to Fin-Tech businesses through KCA from 2017.


David Thomas

KCA Principal & Founder
ATFL Fund Manager

Ex-MD & NED Deutsche Bank Group 28 Years, (19 DB and 9 Bankers Trust). Former Head DB Debt & Equity Solutions Group.  Qualified ACA 1989, Clark Whitehill & Arthur Anderson. Experienced Senior Manager, Board Executive and Investment Banker of over 34 Years. A specialist in Corporate Re-Structuring, Taxation, Financial Management and OTC Transaction Structuring on a Global basis. A Technology Business Advisor, NED and CFO in various Tech spectrum based investments through KCA from 2017, and an experienced Fin-Tech Investor.  He holds a BSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester University.


Iain Osborne-Patterson

KCA Business Partner
Technology Lead
ATFL Investment Committee

Highly skilled Technology Executive and specialist with 26 years experience. Exposure to many global enterprise IT initiatives in Senior Management and Executive positions. Rescued the London 2012 Olympics £7.4b IT operation, delivered £1.3b incremental value for British Gas through a transformational data program, facilitated £1.4b pa revenue generation for Oracle Group, and led the British Petroleum £70m trading development. Served as UK Government Director of Common Technology Services from 2016, and oversaw the tech transformation for DVLA and Post Office.


Nicholas Hall

KCA Business Partner
Business Development
Real Estate Lead
ATFL Investment Committee

Real Estate (RE) professional of 26 years experience operating at Senior Management and Executive levels in the UK and Monaco. Ex-Senior Partner designate at George Trollope Belgravia. From 2001 founder of a Luxembourg based RE Property Investment Company in Monaco growing the portfolio to over 50 South of France based properties. A specialist advisor in on and off-shore RE financing techniques and structures, and a successful RE fund raiser on a global basis. Qualified as a Chartered Surveyor (no longer practicing) 1996.


Ashraf Meleka

KCA Business Partner
Business Development
AMFL (Abu Dhabi Fund)
ATFL Advisor

A highly experienced financial services and Capital Markets professional of 35 years, gained from operating in both the UK and UAE.  He has extensive experience gained from the commodities and capital markets arenas, where he held many senior management trading and sales positions in the global markets.  He is a highly effective sales and commercialisation executive, developing enterprise initiatives across multiple continents.  He has worked at Kuwait Petroleum International, Natixis Bank, Jefferies Bank and CCBI. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree  from Ain Shams University, Egypt.

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Adam Walker

Chief Legal Officer
Legal & Business Management
ATFL Investment Committee

Qualified as a Solicitor in 1991, became Partner at two large London firms, Wedlake Bell and Farrer & Co.  25 years in private practice (P-P) specialising in Corporate Law, specifically M&A, Private Equity, Public and Private Fund Raisings, and was ranked as a Leading practitioner by the legal directories.  Outside of P-P acts as a Partner in a private investment group focused on the renewable energy sector, operates as a NED of several Companies, and was formerly General Counsel to a Commodity trading business. He holds an LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Laws from Middlesex University.

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Andrew Clark

Chief Operating Officer
Business Management
ATFL Investment Committee

A highly experienced and successful Private Banker with 43 years of Bank service, Coutts Bank (37 years) and Arbuthnot Latham (6 years). Held many senior positions within the Private Banking industry gaining considerable diverse skill sets and experience, from Investment Management to Securities and Lending business operations.  Managed many departments on an international basis, and headed business initiatives and projects across the sector, including Regulatory and Compliance implementations, internal audits and risk management reviews.  He holds a CISI Diploma, and a CISI  Investment Advice Certificate.


Richard Brown

KCA Management Partner
Technology & Enterprise
ATFL Investment  Committee

Over 20 years of commercial leadership experience across a range of new-era Enterprise Technologies, from Cloud Infrastructure and Software, Internet of Things, AI and Blockchain.  Former MD of Azeti Networks, a Berlin-based IoT and Machine Learning business, delivering to distribution partners; Cisco, Intel, DELL, Siemens, Ericsson and Microsoft.  He was formerly Director of International Business for Rackspace Group.  He co-founded and successfully exited CnaSoft. He holds a BSc in Computer Information Systems, and an MSc in Finance and Real Estate from CASS Business school.

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