James Keyes - Chairman
James Keyes has been Managing Director of Renaissance Capital since 1 October 2008. He established the Bermuda office, for which he has responsibility, for Renaissance in 2008. He was previously a partner of Appleby, the offshore law firm, for eleven years. James joined Appleby in 1993 and was team leader of the Funds & Investment Service Team. Prior to Appleby, he was employed in the Corporate Department of Freshfields law firm and worked in the London, New York and Hong Kong offices.
James attended Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar and graduated with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (M.A. with Honours) in 1985. He was admitted as a Solicitor in the UK in 1991 and to the Bermuda Bar in 1993. He became a Notary Public in 1998.
Laurence Blackall has had a 30 year career in the information, media and communication industries. After an early career that included Virgin and the SEMA Group, Laurence was appointed a director of Frost & Sullivan and a vice-president of McGraw Hill. He was also CEO of AIM listed Internet Technology Group which he founded in 1995 and Chairman of Boat International Publications.
Laurence was also instrumental in the creation of Pipex Communication plc (now Daisy Group plc). He has an MA in marketing and currently holds a number of directorships in public and private UK companies. Laurence is a UK resident.
Tina Burns is a Certified Public Accountant, and is Tax Director at Alterra Capital Holdings Limited. Prior to this, Tina worked as a consultant to Schroders Private Equity Services ("Schroders") in Bermuda. She was a Director with KPMG in Bermuda from 2002 through 2006, specialising in US Taxation. Tina joined KPMG in Bermuda in 1995. Prior to joining KPMG in Bermuda Tina was a tax senior with KPMG in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tina graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Masters of Accounting in 1992 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Ms Burns is a resident of Bermuda.
Peter Dubens is the founder of the Oakley Capital group of companies, a privately owned asset management and advisory business comprising private equity, fund of funds, corporate finance, capital introduction and venture capital operations. Peter is the Managing Director of Oakley Capital Limited, the Investment Adviser to Oakley Capital Private Equity L.P., a European middle-market private equity fund specialising in turnarounds, restructurings and consolidation opportunities. During the last 20 years he has acquired, restructured and consolidated public and private companies.
Most recently as Executive Chairman, Peter led the formation of two public and private companies 365 Media Group plc and Pipex Communications plc. The 365 Media platform consolidated 12 businesses within the online sports information and gabling industry and the Pipex platform consolidated 15 within the telecoms industry. 365 Media was sold for over £106 million to BSkyB and the main operating divisions of Pipex were sold for over £330 million.
Ian Pilgrim is Chief Executive Officer of the Administrator, Mayflower Management Services (Bermuda) Limited, a corporation which provides consultancy and other services to hedge funds. Prior to founding the Administrator in January 2006, he was the Managing Director of Citco Fund Services (Bermuda) Limited and also served as General Counsel to Citco Fund Services from January 2001 until December 2005. Before joining Citco, Ian practiced from January 1997 until December 2000 as a Barrister & Attorney with M.L.H. Quin & Co. in Bermuda.
From 1994 to 1996, Ian practiced as a solicitor with Allen & Overy in Hong Kong where he was involved primarily in banking and project finance, and prior to that from 1991 to 1994 with Deacons in Hong Kong. Ian serves on a number of boards of companies managed by the Manager. Ian was admitted to practice as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1989 and in Hong Kong in 1992. He was admitted to the Bar in Bermuda in 1998. Ian is a director of Palmer Capital Associates Limited, Oakley Absolute Return Limited and Oakley Capital Management (Bermuda) Limited, the manager of Oakley Absolute Return Limited. Ian is a resident of Bermuda.
Christopher Wetherhill founded and was Chief Executive Officer of Hemisphere Management Limited (now known as Citi Hedge Fund Services Limited), a financial services company in Bermuda, from 1981 until 2000. Since 2000, he has served as a board member of and a consultant to, a number of investment companies in Bermuda.
Christopher is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of the Canadian and Bermudian Institutes of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Freeman of the City of London. Christopher is a resident of Bermuda.