Our Team

London office

Akass Group UK Group Ltd

Alfred William | Managing Partner

Alfred is based in London and prior to founding Akass Group Group, Richards was part of the asset acquisition team at Invest UK. He has extensive credit risk experience having also worked at Bristol Building Society UK, during which time he was involved in their sub-prime lending policy, financial reassessing and rescheduling and asset acquisition . He also has got extensive experience working with  Aldermore Bank UK. He has a BSc in Economics from George Washington University.

Mahanndran | Partner

Mahandran is based in London and Kuala Lumpur. He was with  Strathmore Nursing Group, United Kingdom. Later on, he was involved in the Mortgage and Restructuring with The Barclays Bank, East London, UK.

Mahandran graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma and a Degree in The Chartered Institute of Marketing ( CIM ) , United Kingdom. Later he obtained the prestigious Masters of Business Administration ( MBA ) majored in International Management and Law at the University of East London, Barking, East London, United Kingdom.

Pishva Vahid | Partner

Pishva is based in London. Prior to joining Akass Group UK Group Ltd, Pishva was responsible for analysing and executing private equity investments, mortgage and lendings, consumer disputes resolution most recently at Great Assets Inc. in USA. Before that she held numerous top financial services positions at Hilton UK and with the UK Listing Authority. She graduated from Kings College London with an Honours Degree in Law.

Joanne Ashbourne | Partner

Ashbourne is based in London. She has participated in a number of key deals , where she serves on the Board of Coal Building Society, UK. Prior to joining Akass Group UK Group Ltd, Ashbourne was an associate at McMahon & Company in their London office, where she primarily worked on restructuring, transformation and strategy. Ashbourne holds a MSc from London Business School (with distinction), and a BSc in International Business from Copenhagen Business School and University of North Carolina.

Lisa Abrea | Partner

Abrea is based in London. She was an Associate in the Retail Consumer team. Abrea has been involved in key negotiation deals in London. Prior to joining Akass Group UK Group Ltd, Abrea was a member of Investment Banking Division, where she worked in the  Finance team. Abrea holds a combined MSc in Finance from HEC Paris and Bocconi University, and a BSc in Business Management from Bocconi University.

Kate James | Partner

Kate James is based in London office and she is a member of the Sustainability Committee London and also manages the Corporate Social Responsibilities ( CSR ) of Akass Group UK Group Ltd, United Kingdom.

Xiao Yin | Partner

Xiao Yin is currently based in London office. Prior to joining Akass Group, Xiao Yin was an investment banking analyst at Duke Assets Ltd. She holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Glasgow and a BA in Economics and Finance from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.

Redza Y | Chief Financial Officer

Redza is based in London. Prior to joining Akass Group UK Group Ltd, Redza was working in the acquisition industry in lead key financing roles for DRA Group and AmDex Group. Fluent in Spanish ,French, Parsi and Hindi , Redza also has experience fulfilling International Business Development Roles across Barclays, Barclaycard, Logica and Land Rover. Redza graduated with a BSc in European Business from Cardiff University.

Laura Alee | Investment & Money Head

Laura Alee was an Associate in the Investor Relations team. She joined Akass Group and is currently based in London office. Laura holds a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages and European Studies from the University of Bath.

Saara Acton | Corporate Governance & Compliance Head

Sarah Acton is the Head of Compliance for Akass Group UK Group Ltd. She is currently based in London office with responsibility for the Groups’ Corporate Governance and Compliance team. She is also a member of the Sustainability Committee of London.

Saara Acton | Corporate Governance & Compliance Head

Sarah Acton is the Head of Compliance for Akass Group UK Group Ltd. She is currently based in London office with responsibility for the Groups’ Corporate Governance and Compliance team. She is also a member of the Sustainability Committee of London.

Prior to joining Akass Group, Sarah was the Compliance Officer at West Investments, Head of EMEA Compliance at Pile Investments and Compliance Manager at Bold Investments. She has also worked as a regulatory consultant at Deloitte advising a range of clients on financial services regulations. Sarah gained experience in UK regulation as an Associate in the Supervision department of the Financial Services Authority (now Financial Conduct Authority). Sarah holds a BA in Economics, Politics and North American Studies from Leeds University.

Juliatte  Jassem  | PR and Media Head

Juliette Jassem is currently based in London office. Juliette has been involved in key deals including Syneron Candela. Juliette was a member of Lazard's M&A team in New York and in London, where she advised clients in the consumer and healthcare industries.

Juliette holds an MSc from ESSEC Business School, a BA in Law from the University of Cergy-Pontoise and a Master I in Business Law from the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Nigela Cromson  | Executive Secretary

Before joining Akass& Partners UK Group Ltd, Nigela was the Secretary  for the CEO of  GLOBAL Electrics, the global energy management Company.

Nigela Cromson started her career at McDurthee, the global strategy consulting firm where she spent 10 years specializing in technology and telecoms growth and sales strategy serving leading global companies.

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