Global Office – United Kingdom


Dr. Ronnie Silva

Dr Ronnie Silva is the Managing Partner of McMillan Woods of United Kingdom.

Ronnie has undertaken various International Audit and Tax work, company mergers, fund raising, assisting clients with their listings, international business planning and Restructuring, Due Diligence work for takeovers, undertaking compliance work for FSA, complying with Gabriel filings, providing and restructuring Trust services and Directorship to various companies in the UK.

Prior to joining McMillan Woods, Ronnie was the Managing Partner of Ashfields – Chartered Certified Accountants, Senior Partner in charge of Corporate Finance at Shaw Walker & Co – Chartered Certified Accountants, Partner at Leigh Carr – Chartered Accountants and with KPMG Peat Marwick for almost 18 years having worked in South Korea, Singapore, Canada, India, Pakistan, Malaysia and England.

Ronnie currently holds professional qualifications as Fellow of Association of International Accountants and Registered Auditors of UK, Associate member of Cost and Executive Accountants of Canada, Associate member of International Financial Accountants of UK, Member of Financial Services Authority of UK, approved Money Laundering Officer by HMRC of UK and Immigration Advisory License from OISC (Office of Immigration Services Commissioner).

Ronnie has PhD in Accounting and MBA in Business Administration.

Lutfi Talib

Lutfi Talib is a Deputy Managing Partner of McMillan Woods of United Kingdom.

Lutfi was the Chairman of Maxim Corporate Finance LLP. He is a financial services entrepreneur. He began his 30-year career in accounting with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young). Through the course of successive appointments with UK firms, Lutfi specialised in financial services. Joining Leigh Carr in 1995 as a Financial Services Partner, he provided business consultancy services to investment houses and property companies. He formulated pension scheme and corporate structures for overseas companies. In 2001 he joined Shaw Walker as an Audit Partner.

Lutfi has negotiated, executed and managed investments and projects in Singapore, Malaysia, China and Europe, and added value to portfolio investments through strategic, organisational, operational and financial leadership.

Lutfi Talib is currently President of the Singapore Business Group and has hosted a number of events in London and has had in attendance a number of distinguished guests and speakers. FSA Register LXT01071

Lutfi has an MBA from Middlesex University and a degree in International Business and Management of Companies from Pace University. Lutfi is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants [FCCA], a Certified Public Accountant [CPA] in Singapore and Australia, a Member of Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management [MCIM].. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Edward Dean Butler

Edward Dean Butler is Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisition of McMillan Woods – United Kingdom

Prior to the above, Dean was Managing Director of Corporate Finance of Ashfields-Chartered Certified Accountants and Registered Auditors. Dean founded Vision Express Group (1988-1997) and sold Vision Express Group to Grand Vision of France which is now part of Pearle Europe.

Formerly, Dean was the Founder and Chairman of Lens Crafter from 1983 to 1987 where this company was sold to US Shoe Corporation, Director of 1800 Contacts Inc (public company) from 1997 to 2007, Various Marketing and Management position with Proctor & Gamble Inc from 1969 to 1983.

Dean obtained MBA (1969) in International Marketing, Michigan State University; Master of Science in Theoretical Chemistry (1968), Michigan State University. Harvard University special course in marketing for company chairmen (1986).

Mehrtash A’zami

Mehrtash A’zami is Partner in charge of Corporate Finance and Capital Markets in the United Kingdom.

Mehrtash has held senior executive and partner roles in corporate finance with big 4 firms and small companies. Mehrtash has also held many financial director and CEO positions in his long career.

Mehrtash has a particular interest in technology based and knowledge capital enterprises, and has sound knowledge of the management challenges faced by such enterprises.

Mehrtash brings a wealth of expertise in Corporate finance and management consulting, Business valuation and investment appraisal, Capital markets commercial due diligence, Forensic accounting, a strategic planning, Management Buy-out (MBO), Arbitration work and financial auditing of large and small corporations.

Mehrtash is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants (FCCA) of UK, a Chartered member of Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (MCSI) in London, MSc in Development Studies from Cardiff University.

Christopher Thomson

Christopher Thomson is a Partner of McMillan Woods – United Kingdom

Chris has a strong background in business turnaround, brand repositioning and sales and profit growth. Current Founder of PPInvestco – a life settlement marketing business and also has special interest in a digital screen media business.

Previously (1998-2002), Chris was the CEO of Philip Auction Group Limited – the world’s third largest auction house, founded in 1796, with extensive UK and international presence. It was subsequently sold to LVMH Group where he was retained as a consultant until 2005.

Formerly, he was also the Finance director and later CEO of Austin Reed Group Plc – one of Britain’s best known quality clothing retailers founded in 1900, and managed by three succeeding generations of the Reed family.

Chris is a law graduate and a KPMG trained qualified chartered accountant from Scotland.

Waheed Qaiser

Waheed Qaiser is the Partner of Banking and Islamic Finance.

Waheed Qaiser was the Vice Chairman of Maxim Corporate Finance LLP; and he is a renowned conventional and Islamic banker and he is a highly respected expert in investment banking, corporate finance and business management.

Waheed has been a banking start-up professional, a business leader, a management trainer in banking and he has extensive banking turn-around experience.

Waheed has held executive management positions in global banks such as Citibank, UBS, HSBC, Islamic Investment Banking Unit and Islamic Bank of Britain spanning over two decades.. He has had a diversified career for a number of years at in senior roles around the world including Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Al-Ain (UAE), Abu Dhabi and London. His banking experience spans over areas such as: operations, branch management, risk, credit, business development, relationship management, consumer banking, private banking.

Lawrence Smith

Lawrence Smith is the Partner for Legal Consulting.

Lawrence Smith was is the chief executive officer for Point Alpha Capital Management Ltd. Mr Smith has particular expertise in emerging markets, energy and energy finance.

Prior to establishing Point Alpha Capital Management he was Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Sequoia Investment Management Company, In addition he was Secretary of its Board and was a senior member of its Investment Policy, Risk Management and Fund Operating Committee.

Mr Smith is an intellectual property lawyer and worked for Tusk Music SA (Time Warner, South Africa) as Director of Legal and Business Affairs and in house counsel where he negotiated and structured tax-driven film and music financing trades spanning multiple jurisdictions. As a director of Wavecrest Capital, an energy consultancy he developed expertise in structured finance and raising debt and equity investment capital for energy companies and energy related projects. Mr Smith has worked for and advised large and small corporations with regard to their international expansion and their finance activities. In his early academic career he taught law in London.

Mr Smith is an attorney by profession and holds a BA LLB from Rhodes University in South Africa.




Executive Office:
McMillan Woods
Chartered Certified Accountants
Kemp House,
152 – 160 City Road,
United Kingdom

Operational Office:
McMillan Woods
Chartered Certified Accountants
International House
Cray Avenue, Orpington
Kent BR5 3RS
United Kingdom

Dato’ Dr Ronnie Silva

Mobile phone : +44(0)7553 783 000 (Dato’ Dr Ronnie Silva)
Telephone: +44(0)1689 879 070
Email: ronnie@mcmillanwoods.co.uk



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