Our Team

  • MATTHEW LAYTONPartner - Corporate Credit Analysis
  • KERRILL GAFFNEYExecutive Director - Corporate Credit Analysis
  • QINWEN GAOAnalyst - Corporate Credit Analysis
  • Giannis NtikasAssistant Vice President – Credit Analysis
  • MICHAEL BROWNExecutive Director - Quantitative Analytics
  • PAK SUM CHANAssistant Vice President - Quantitative Analytics
  • SIMON DAVIESAssistant Vice President - Quantitative Analytics
  • Paulius LeonaviciusAssistant Vice President – Quantitative Analytics
  • KELVIN HOVice President - Financial Controller
  • FRANCESCA WATSONSenior Manager, Middle Office & Administration
  • ANISHA PATELPA, Middle Office Assistant

MATTHEW LAYTON

Partner - Corporate Credit Analysis

Matthew has 15 years of buy-side credit experience in leverage finance. Matthew was formerly a Credit Analyst with Alcentra where he covered €1.5 billion of exposure across Publishing, Media, Leisure and Gaming, Restaurants and Environmental Services.

His experience covers fundamental credit analysis of investments across the entire capital structure in levered private equity owned companies.

He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Wales, Swansea.

KERRILL GAFFNEY

Executive Director - Corporate Credit Analysis

Kerrill is an Executive Director at Pearl Diver Capital and has over 10 years of experience in financial markets. Kerrill was formerly a Credit Analyst at Allied Irish Banks where he covered leveraged loan investments across the technology, telecoms, manufacturing, retail, entertainment, services and food sectors.

Kerrill holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Economics and Business from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

QINWEN GAO

Analyst - Corporate Credit Analysis

Qinwen joined Pearl Diver Capital after graduating from Imperial College Business School with MSc in Risk Management & Financial Engineering. She is an analyst of the credit team and is responsible for the credit analysis of the underlying assets within CLOs.

Giannis Ntikas

Assistant Vice President – Credit Analysis

Giannis joined Pearl Diver Capital as an Analyst within the Credit Team. Before joining, Giannis gained experience as a Junior Analyst at Tikehau Capital. He holds an MSc in Finance from Imperial College London and an MSc in Applied Mathematics from the National Technical University of Athens.

MICHAEL BROWN

Executive Director - Quantitative Analytics

Michael is an Executive Director at Pearl Diver Capital responsible for quantitative analytics of CLO’s including structuring, modelling and pricing. Michael joined Pearl Diver in 2011 after graduating from Worcester College, Oxford University with a BA in Mathematics.

PAK SUM CHAN

Assistant Vice President - Quantitative Analytics

Pak Sum is an analyst at Pearl Diver Capital and is responsible for quantitative analytics of CLO’s including structuring, modelling and pricing. Pak Sum joined Pearl Diver Capital in 2015 after graduating from Imperial College, London with an MSc in Mathematics & Finance.

SIMON DAVIES

Assistant Vice President - Quantitative Analytics

Simon is a member of the quantitative team at Pearl Diver Capital and is responsible for quantitative analytics of CLO’s including structuring, modelling and pricing. He joined Pearl Diver after graduating from Jesus College, Cambridge University with an MEng in Chemical Engineering.

Paulius Leonavicius

Assistant Vice President – Quantitative Analytics

Paulius joined Pearl Diver Capital after graduating from Cambridge University, with MEng in Electrical and Information Sciences. He is a member of the quantitative team and is responsible for quantitative analysis of CLO’s including structuring, modelling and pricing.

KELVIN HO

Vice President - Financial Controller

Kelvin, a qualified ACA Chartered Accountant,  joined Pearl Diver Capital as Vice President in June 2016 responsible for the financial control and management of the company and funds.  Prior to Pearl Diver Capital, he was Financial Controller at Hamilton Bradshaw Private Equity and also gained experience at accountancy firms BDO and HW Fisher. Kelvin holds a BSc in Maths and Physics from the University of Warwick.

FRANCESCA WATSON

Senior Manager, Middle Office & Administration

Francesca has over 12 years of experience in the Financial Services Sector. Prior to joining Pearl Diver Capital as Manager for Middle Office & Administration, Francesca supported Senior Executives at The Bank of New York Mellon in both the Legal & Corporate Trust divisions.

ANISHA PATEL

PA, Middle Office Assistant

Anisha joined Pearl Diver in July 2017 as a PA and Middle Office Assistant, Anisha previously worked at Duff and Phelps within the Compliance Regulatory and Consulting team as an Executive Assistant to Managing Directors.