Grey Spark Partners Appoints Former Goldman Sachs Executive

London - 17 June 2010

Grey Spark Partners, a London-based business, management and technology consultancy specialising in capital markets, today announced the appointment of Jamie Lake to managing consultant, where he will develop the Investment Banking Operations team, as the firm continues to grow and expand its full service capabilities. Lake reports in to Bradley Wood, partner.

Lake joins GreySpark after five years at Goldman Sachs in various senior positions. Most recently, he was executive director; responsible for new business and industry initiatives affecting the collateral department. Earlier in his tenure he managed the exotics team within the OTC cross product collateral management group. Prior to Goldman, Lake was a senior associate with Morgan Stanley covering OTC equity derivatives. Before this, he set up and managed his own consulting practice that restructured middle office operations within major financial institutions to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Previously, Lake began his career as a research analyst with Okasan International. He has personally advised several of the world’s leading finance houses including Merrill Lynch, Nomura and Commerzbank IB Ag. Lake has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, N.C.

Jamie Lake, Grey Spark Partners managing consultant, commented, “It was clear from the word go that GreySpark offered substantial and lasting improvements to the performance of its clients. The firm is focussed entirely on building long-term relationships which is an extremely appealing proposition to prospective clients and employees. The investment banking sector has come under unprecedented pressure in recent times and there is a renewed focus on operating responsibly and efficiently, and delivering real value. GreySpark is committed to these principles and is extremely well placed within the City to help its clients achieve them”.

“We firmly believe in hiring the top management professionals from across the City and agree that this latest addition to our team will enable us to maintain an unparalleled lead in the market. At the core of it, we are a people business, and our network of consultants is built to service the complex and varied needs of our clients”, added Frederic Ponzo, managing partner, Grey Spark Partners.

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