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.

 

Michael Goffin, CGA (advisor)

Michael has over 19 years of experience in investment management, accounting and corporate finance. He has worked with David Sefton since 2004.

Prior to Linton, 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 private 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.

 

Alex MacDonald (Senior Advisor - Global Upstream Investments)

Alex has advised Linton since 2014 and was appointed as Senior Adviser, Global Upstream Investments in December 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in corporate finance and investment banking specialising in the oil & gas sector.

Alex's early career was in upstream exploration, based variously in Africa, the Middle East and the North Sea, where he worked for Chevron, Conoco, Otis, Atlantic Drilling and Algosabi Engineering. In the mid-1990s he headed a management buyout of British Coal's engineering facilities, which was sold to Lloyd's Development Capital after four years. More recently, Alex worked at Whitman Howard and Libertas Capital, heading their oil and gas teams advising clients and fund raising for diverse global projects.

In addition to his role with Linton Capital, Alex is Chief Executive Officer of Anglo African Oil & Gas.

 

Oleg Schkoda (Senior Adviser - Global Upstream Operations)

Oleg has been worked in executive roles as Vice President of Exploration or Operations for a number of small and medium size E&P companies, with assets mainly in Africa and the Middle East.

His early experience was in the service industry with Baker Hughes, Schlumberger and GE Energy. Over the course of 15 years he had several overseas postings across South East Asia, Americas and Africa.

Oleg has a masters degree in Civil Engineering (Mining exploitation) from the University of Brussels, a masters degree of Petroleum Geology (ENSG - Nancy) and a masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from IFP (Institut Français du Petrole - Paris, France).

Oleg is Director of Operations of Anglo African Oil & Gas and also the principal of Oilfield Strategic Services, a consultancy.

 
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.