Peter Earl

Managing Director

Sloane was founded by Peter Earl who is its Managing Director. Author of Euromoney’s best-selling text book on cross border takeovers, International Mergers and Acquisitions, he began his career at Boston Consulting Group before moving to investment banking at Blyth Eastman Dillon of the United States and then Orion Bank, the leading London based international consortium bank. In 1982 he was one of the founding directors of Arab Banking Corporation’s investment bank, ABC International, acting for clients such as ADIA and Occidental Petroleum. In 1985 he set up boutique corporate finance firm IFINCORP Earl where he developed the demerger concept and launched bids for Extel Group PLC and for Storehouse PLC, the owner of Habitat, Mothercare and Bhs. He advised on buy-outs of Filofax, Valin Pollen and Wentworth Golf Course. He also led the successful buy-out of Elstree Studios which he merged with Goldcrest.

Peter was a post-graduate Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University after reading Greats at Oxford University. He is Chairman of Biwater International, Britain’s leading provider of desalination and water treatment systems, and CEO of the Independent Power Corporation PLC, the United Kingdom’s leading power developer.

Anastasia Protasova

Executive Director

Anastasia Protasova began her career at Hichens Harrison, the London Stock Exchange brokers, before moving to Blomfield Corporate Finance and later City Capital where she focused on advising natural resources and property companies.

Anastasia obtained her MBA from The Cass School at City University after completing her undergraduate degree at MGIMO, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and a further degree in business administration at the University of Bradford.

Elizabeth Shaw

Principal Adviser

Elizabeth Shaw is a highly experienced corporate financier. She switched to corporate finance from investment management after starting her career at IFINCORP, the fund’s management group. On the launch of Sloane in 1991, Elizabeth advised on corporate transactions and participated in the negotiations to settle the foreign exchange transactions of the Central Bank of Albania. She was one of the senior management team at Fieldstone Private Capital advising on privatizations and international acquisitions in the energy and manufacturing sectors in the Americas and Europe, including the acquisition by Shell of InterGen, a significant power developer

Elizabeth is a graduate of Exeter University, where she studied languages, including Arabic.

Ana Gorgyan

Principal Adviser

Ana’s combined background in engineering, computing and finance has allowed her to lead on complex capital raising projects, particularly in the renewable energy space. She has advised on assignments from the UAE to Latin America.

Ana is a chartered engineer. She obtained her MSc in mechanical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm before completing an MBA at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark

Susan Laker

Principal Adviser

Sloane’s in-house legal adviser is Susan Laker. Susan has led contract negotiations for multiple acquisitions and mergers over a long career and has acted as legal adviser to companies floating or raising new capital on the London Stock Exchange. She is also a commercial lawyer by background, covering a wide range of contract law in different jurisdictions and languages.

Susan was a post-graduate Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University after studying Mandarin at SOAS at the University of London.