HERMINIUS

HERMINIUS

MISSION CRITICAL INTELLIGENCE & ADVISORY

The Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba
Claude Lorrain, 1648

Herminius is a strategic intelligence firm, which acts as a trusted advisor to multinational companies, private businesses, institutional investors and high net-worth individuals, helping them to understand and to harness the threats and opportunities presented by a complex world of commercial, cultural, political and security issues.




ABOUT US

Herminius has an extensive and proprietary network of international experts covering many different fields allowing it to source in-depth information across a whole range of sectors and geographies.

The calm commercial judgement of its in-house team of experts provides sound judgement on gathered intelligence, allowing Herminius to offer its clients advice of the highest calibre.

Herminius understands the changing components of power, which helps its clients to identify opportunity where others might perceive threat, to protect reputation, to grow profit, to bring success.

 

SERVICES

MARKET ENTRY

ENHANCED DUE DILIGENCE

ASSET TRACING

FRAUD, ANTI-CORRUPTION & SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS, INCLUDING PHYSICAL & TECHNICAL SECURITY

STRATEGIC RISK ADVISORY

MANAGEMENT TEAM ASSESSMENT

STRATEGIC POSITIONING & RELATIONSHIP MAPPING EXIT STRATEGIES

BESPOKE TRAINING PACKAGE

The Team

Dominic Armstrong
PRESIDENT

Peter Wilson
MANAGING PARTNER

Jack Gressier
CHAIRMAN

Nick Busvine
PARTNER

Graham Thomas
PARTNER

Julius Cavendish
PARTNER

Omid Mojabi
DIRECTOR

Dominic Armstrong
PRESIDENT

Dominic Armstrong

After reading History at Magdalene College, Cambridge Dominic joined Robert Fleming, the London-based merchant bank. After six years in investment banking in London he was posted to Jardine Fleming in Asia and ran the number-one rated research team for Jardine Fleming Malaysia. After eleven years with Flemings Dominic became Managing Director of ABN Amro Asian Securities in Singapore.

In 2002 Dominic became one of the four founders of Aegis Defence Services in London—an innovative and ground-breaking services business offering geopolitical intelligence, advisory work and security services to a wide range of corporations and governments. Dominic was head of the Aegis Intelligence Advisory business. By the time Aegis was accquired in 2015 revenues had reached in excess of USD 400 million.

In 2016 Dominic led the buy out of the Aegis Intelligence business from its new owner and rebranded it Herminius. Dominic is also the co-founder of The Horatius Fund—a geopolitical credit fund seeking to enhance investor returns through application of a deep understanding of political risk to identify mispriced credit.

darmstrong@herminius.com

Peter Wilson
MANAGING PARTNER

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson is Managing Partner of Herminius, where in addition to managing the firm’s growth and operations, he specialises in corporate advisory work, geopolitical risk and impact investing, particularly in emerging markets and developing and post-conflict countries. Peter co-founded and built Libra Advisory Group, which worked on economic development, national security and post-conflict governance and reform in a wide variety of countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. Libra grew rapidly, and was successfully sold to Coffey International in 2010.

Peter went on to direct all of Coffey’s economic development and government reform programmes on behalf of European development donors, with full financial and managerial responsibility for the company’s operations and growth. He continues to act as a Senior Advisor and Deployable Civilian Expert at the UK Government’s joint FCO-MOD-DFID Stabilisation Unit.

Peter's early career was spent in HM Diplomatic Service and McKinsey. He holds an MPhil in Economics, specialising in the economics of emerging markets, from the University of Oxford, and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD in France. He is the co-author of 'Make Poverty Business', which makes a profit-maximising case for greater private sector engagement in developing countries.

pwilson@herminius.com

Jack Gressier
CHAIRMAN

Jack Gressier

Jack is the former Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Insurance and former Chief Operations Officer of Axis Capital Holdings, the global insurer and reinsurer with c.$5bn revenues and total assets in excess of $20bn.

Jack has nearly thirty years’ experience in the insurance industry. He served as an underwriter at Charman Underwriting Agencies from 1989 until 1998, when ACE Limited acquired it. At ACE, Jack served as Deputy Underwriter of Syndicates 488/2488, Director of ACE Global Markets Underwriting Limited, Director of Marine and Specialty Lines for Syndicate 2488 and a member of ACE Global Markets Executive Underwriting Committee. In February 2001, Jack was appointed Joint Active Underwriter of Syndicate 2488 and director of the ACE Agency Board, where he served until joining AXIS in 2002.

Jack had management responsibility for AXIS Capital’s international insurance operations from 2002 and all insurance operations from 2007 onwards.

Nick Busvine OBE
PARTNER

Nick Busvine OBE

Educated at Cambridge, Nick is a former diplomat. He has worked in the business advisory sector since 2011. During his twenty-nine year career with the UK Foreign Office, he served in South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

His posts at home and overseas covered a range of thematic issues, including conflict resolution, counter-terrorism and multi-agency collaboration in the fight against serious crime.

At Herminius, Nick specialises in leading projects to support and advise clients on issues with an emerging market focus.

nbusvine@herminius.com

Graham Thomas
PARTNER

Graham Thomas

Graham has worked in the strategic advisory industry since 2003 and co-founded Herminius through a management buy-out in 2016. He works closely with blue-chip clients in an advisory role, and has led over 200 projects in the Middle East, Africa, Asia (China and South East Asia), Latin America, the Former Soviet Union and Europe. His work helps support sound, well informed decision-making in complex and often opaque environments.

Graham’s client portfolio is wide-ranging, including private equity, law, private banking & wealth management, retail, oil and gas and infrastructure. He has a growing practice advising clients in complex shareholder disputes, delivering optimal exit strategies and, where necessary, providing litigation support.

gthomas@herminius.com

Julius Cavendish
PARTNER

Julius Cavendish

Julius is a partner at Herminius, where he specialises in supporting private equity firms and multinational corporations in pre-acquisition advisory work.

Previously, he spent 10 years as a foreign correspondent and investigative journalist, reporting from the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa for a number of mainstream publications and broadcasters, including Time magazine, The Economist, and CBC. He spent three years based in Afghanistan, covering the Western intervention there. Later, in 2012, he was one of the few Western journalists to report on Mali’s military coup first-hand, providing eyewitness coverage of the country's political implosion and sudden capture by al-Qa’ida.

Julius has also worked as an external consultant for the United Nations Development Programme and the Asian Development Bank, advising on aid effectiveness and donor relations. He has an MSc in the political economy of emerging markets. Earlier in his career he wrote about antitrust and competition law, and had his research cited in parliamentary debate.

jcavendish@herminius.com

Omid Mojabi
DIRECTOR

Omid Mojabi

Omid is a director at Herminius, where he specialises in pre-acquisition advisory, market entry and geopolitical risk analysis.

Previously, he was a senior associate and member of the early team at Aperio Intelligence, a London-headquartered corporate intelligence firm focused on integrity due diligence and investigations. At Aperio, he was involved in the strategy, growth and development of the firm. Omid has previously acted as a Middle East consultant to several non-governmental organisations, including Transparency International and the International Crisis Group.

He holds a master’s degree in war studies from King’s College London, and a bachelor’s degree in politics and international relations from the University of Manchester.

omojabi@herminius.com

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OFFICES

London
10 Hill Street
Mayfair, London, W1J 5NQ

Zurich
Am Schanzengraben 25
8022 Zürich

HERMINIUS

HERMINIUS

MISSION CRITICAL INTELLIGENCE & ADVISORY

ABOUT US

Herminius specialises in the provision of privileged insight and timely intelligence, which it sources via its extensive and proprietary network of international experts.

With depth and breadth of expertise across a far-ranging spectrum of industries, geographies and business issues, Herminius is able to source the often hard-to-access information that you need to address your strategic and operational issues.

Herminius’ rigorous assessment on gathered intelligence and sound commercial judgement forms the bedrock on which it bases its advice to clients.

THE TEAM

Dominic Armstrong
PRESIDENT

Dominic Armstrong

After reading History at Magdalene College, Cambridge Dominic joined Robert Fleming, the London-based merchant bank. After six years in investment banking in London he was posted to Jardine Fleming in Asia and ran the number-one rated research team for Jardine Fleming Malaysia. After eleven years with Flemings Dominic became Managing Director of ABN Amro Asian Securities in Singapore.

In 2002 Dominic became one of the four founders of Aegis Defence Services in London—an innovative and ground-breaking services business offering geopolitical intelligence, advisory work and security services to a wide range of corporations and governments. Dominic was head of the Aegis Intelligence Advisory business. By the time Aegis was accquired in 2015 revenues had reached in excess of USD 400 million.

In 2016 Dominic led the buy out of the Aegis Intelligence business from its new owner and rebranded it Herminius. Dominic is also the co-founder of The Horatius Fund—a geopolitical credit fund seeking to enhance investor returns through application of a deep understanding of political risk to identify mispriced credit.

darmstrong@horatius.co.uk

Peter Wilson
MANAGING PARTNER

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson is Managing Partner of Herminius, where in addition to managing the firm’s growth and operations, he specialises in corporate advisory work, geopolitical risk and impact investing, particularly in emerging markets and developing and post-conflict countries. Peter co-founded and built Libra Advisory Group, which worked on economic development, national security and post-conflict governance and reform in a wide variety of countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. Libra grew rapidly, and was successfully sold to Coffey International in 2010.

Peter went on to direct all of Coffey’s economic development and government reform programmes on behalf of European development donors, with full financial and managerial responsibility for the company’s operations and growth. He continues to act as a Senior Advisor and Deployable Civilian Expert at the UK Government’s joint FCO-MOD-DFID Stabilisation Unit.

Peter's early career was spent in HM Diplomatic Service and McKinsey. He holds an MPhil in Economics, specialising in the economics of emerging markets, from the University of Oxford, and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD in France. He is the co-author of 'Make Poverty Business', which makes a profit-maximising case for greater private sector engagement in developing countries.

pwilson@herminius.com

Jack Gressier
CHAIRMAN

Jack Gressier

Jack is the former Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Insurance and former Chief Operations Officer of Axis Capital Holdings, the global insurer and reinsurer with c.$5bn revenues and total assets in excess of $20bn.

Jack has nearly thirty years’ experience in the insurance industry. He served as an underwriter at Charman Underwriting Agencies from 1989 until 1998, when ACE Limited acquired it. At ACE, Jack served as Deputy Underwriter of Syndicates 488/2488, Director of ACE Global Markets Underwriting Limited, Director of Marine and Specialty Lines for Syndicate 2488 and a member of ACE Global Markets Executive Underwriting Committee. In February 2001, Jack was appointed Joint Active Underwriter of Syndicate 2488 and director of the ACE Agency Board, where he served until joining AXIS in 2002.

Jack had management responsibility for AXIS Capital’s international insurance operations from 2002 and all insurance operations from 2007 onwards.

Nick Busvine OBE
PARTNER

Nick Busvine OBE

Educated at Cambridge, Nick is a former diplomat. He has worked in the business advisory sector since 2011. During his twenty-nine year career with the UK Foreign Office, he served in South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

His posts at home and overseas covered a range of thematic issues, including conflict resolution, counter-terrorism and multi-agency collaboration in the fight against serious crime.

At Herminius, Nick specialises in leading projects to support and advise clients on issues with an emerging market focus.

nbusvine@herminius.com

Graham Thomas
PARTNER

Graham Thomas

Graham has worked in the strategic advisory industry since 2003 and co-founded Herminius through a management buy-out in 2016. He works closely with blue-chip clients in an advisory role, and has led over 200 projects in the Middle East, Africa, Asia (China and South East Asia), Latin America, the Former Soviet Union and Europe. His work helps support sound, well informed decision-making in complex and often opaque environments.

Graham’s client portfolio is wide-ranging, including private equity, law, private banking & wealth management, retail, oil and gas and infrastructure. He has a growing practice advising clients in complex shareholder disputes, delivering optimal exit strategies and, where necessary, providing litigation support.

gthomas@herminius.com

Julius Cavendish
PARTNER

Julius Cavendish

Julius is a partner at Herminius, where he specialises in supporting private equity firms and multinational corporations in pre-acquisition advisory work.

Previously, he spent 10 years as a foreign correspondent and investigative journalist, reporting from the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa for a number of mainstream publications and broadcasters, including Time magazine, The Economist, and CBC. He spent three years based in Afghanistan, covering the Western intervention there. Later, in 2012, he was one of the few Western journalists to report on Mali’s military coup first-hand, providing eyewitness coverage of the country's political implosion and sudden capture by al-Qa’ida.

Julius has also worked as an external consultant for the United Nations Development Programme and the Asian Development Bank, advising on aid effectiveness and donor relations. He has an MSc in the political economy of emerging markets. Earlier in his career he wrote about antitrust and competition law, and had his research cited in parliamentary debate.

jcavendish@herminius.com

Omid Mojabi
DIRECTOR

Omid Mojabi

Omid is a director at Herminius, where he specialises in pre-acquisition advisory, market entry and geopolitical risk analysis.

Previously, he was a senior associate and member of the early team at Aperio Intelligence, a London-headquartered corporate intelligence firm focused on integrity due diligence and investigations. At Aperio, he was involved in the strategy, growth and development of the firm. Omid has previously acted as a Middle East consultant to several non-governmental organisations, including Transparency International and the International Crisis Group.

He holds a master’s degree in war studies from King’s College London, and a bachelor’s degree in politics and international relations from the University of Manchester.

omojabi@herminius.com

CONTACT US

LONDON
10 Hill Street
Mayfair, London, W1J 5NQ

+44 (0) 20 3439 1139

ZURICH
Am Schanzengraben 25
8022 Zürich

info@herminius.com