Team

David Sefton (partner)

David, the founder of Linton, has been involved in private equity investment in the oil and gas industry since 2004. He has extensive experience of making and managing investments and achieving exits. David has been a specialist in the oil and gas industry across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and North America. He has worked with many of the world's leading international and national oil companies.

In 2002, David joined LukOil Financial Services, which provided M&A and transactional services to the OAO LukOil group, as its chief legal officer. He began his career at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he was a senior associate based in the London and New York offices.

David completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford and qualified as a barrister with a practice in company, insolvency and construction work.

 

Michael Goffin, CGA (partner)

Michael has over 17 years of experience in investment management, accounting and corporate finance. He has worked with David Sefton since 2004.

Prior to joining Linton in 2010, he was a partner with a Canada-based private equity firm for 13 years and held financial positions in the services industry and manufacturing sector.

Michael has extensive experience across all aspects of fund management and oversight of portfolio investments. He has served on the boards of numerous funds as well as privatel and publicly listed companies.

Michael graduated from the University of Toronto in 1994 with a degree in economics and environmental management. He holds a certified general accountant professional designation.


 
Roland Wessel

Roland Wessel (advisor)

Roland has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He was initially involved in the drilling services sector and undertook managerial roles in most of the active oil and gas regions of the world, including West Africa, the Middle East, the North Sea, and North and South America.

Leaving his position as Eastern Hemisphere Manager at Teleco Oilfield Services, Roland founded a new company, Integrated Drilling Services (IDS) in 1992 with backing from 3i Group plc. While establishing IDS, he co-developed a rotary steerable system for Camco that (as the Power Drive system) is currently one of Schlumberger's most successful products. Roland sold IDS in 1998 before founding Star Energy, which is a leading onshore UK producer and developer of oil and gas and an operator of gas-storage facilities. After listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2004, Star Energy was bought by Petronas, the Malaysian state oil company in 2008.

Roland held a number of non-executive positions in the oil and gas sector, including at Dominion Petroleum, an AIM-listed, independent oil and gas exploration company operating in Africa. He is a geology graduate from University College London.

 
James Cane

James Cane FCA (chief financial officer)

James Cane, who joined Linton Capital in 2011, has been a chief executive and finance director in both listed and private equity-backed businesses. He was a non-executive director of the Lambeth Building Society until its sale to the Nationwide in 2006. James, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an associate of the Securities Institute, has operated a consultancy business for over thirty years.

James was the chief financial officer of 8 Miles LLP, a private equity firm managing a fund to invest in buyouts across Africa. He has also advised a number of national and international private-equity firms on strategy, fundraising, marketing and business development.

James has been a trustee of the UK's longest-established drama school, LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) since 2008 and chairs its finance committee. He is also a member of the finance committee of The Queen's Club, the UK's premier racquet sports club.

 
 
Nick Butler

Nick Butler (advisor)

Nick Butler graduated in economics from Cambridge University before joining BP, the British oil firm, in 1977, ultimately becoming group vice-president for strategy and policy development.

Nick is a Visiting Professor and Chair of the King's Policy Institute at King's College, London. He is also energy policy adviser at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge and a senior adviser to Coller Capital and Corporate Value Associates. From 2007 to 2009, he was chairman of the Cambridge Centre for Energy Studies. He was a special adviser to Gordon Brown, then British Prime Minister, from 2009 to 2010.

He is a non-executive director of Cambridge Econometrics and of Compact GTL and a trustee of Asia House.

 
Debra Feldman

Debra Feldman (practice manager)

Debra manages Linton's administration and finance functions. She joined from the American law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where she spent ten years after previously working at County NatWest and the Port of London Authority.