Team

David Sefton (partner)

David, the co-founder of Linton, has been involved in private equity investment 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, having begun his career at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he was a senior associate based in London and New York.

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.


 
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, has operated a consultancy business for over thirty years and is Finance Director of K&C REIT plc.

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 director and 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 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 a trustee of Asia House.

 

Dr Andrew Matharu (Senior Adviser - Oil & Gas Equity Capital Markets)

Andrew has advised Linton Capital since 2016 in the area of oil & gas equity capital markets and corporate finance. He has over 20 years' experience in the oil and & sector and commenced his career in the UK North Sea as a Petroleum Engineer with Chevron and Kerr-McGee. Andrew has extensive experience of advising small and mid-cap oil & gas companies in the area of equity capital markets following a variety of corporate finance and institutional equity roles at Cazenove, Bridgewell Securities, Numis and Westhouse Securities. His most recent role was in Corporate Development at AIM-listed Tower Resources plc where he was involved in a number of corporate M&A transactions and capital raisings.

Andrew holds a BEng degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Sheffield, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and is a Chartered Engineer.

 
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.