In the past 20 years, not much has changed in the labor-intensive way capital market transactions are distributed and executed. However, regulatory requirements, technological advances and changing attitudes to work-life balance are bringing about rapid advances.

Primary Portal was founded in 2020 by former capital markets practitioners in banking and fintech. We are huge believers in the continued digitization of capital markets and making the issuance process more efficient and transparent for all participants.

Primary Portal is partnering with banks and asset managers to create and operate infrastructure solutions for equity issuance and to automate some of the manual and time-consuming processes.

Our Mission

To accelerate the digitization of capital markets by connecting all market participants on an ‘open’ network, allowing constituents to:
  • Interact and exchange relevant information
  • Automate labour-intensive workflows

Our Vision

To create and operate a digital network platform for primary capital markets.

Management

John Bentinck

Founder

John spent almost 20 years in investment banking, lastly as European Head of Equity Syndicate at Goldman Sachs, where he has lived and breathed the processes he now is automating.

Ilan Leshem

Founder

Ilan's background is in the FinTech sector and prior to founding Primary Portal he led the transactional equity capital markets offering at financial services technology company Ipreo which was sold to IHS Markit in 2018.

Bradley Wood

Chief Technology Officer

Prior to joining Primary Portal Bradley ran Engineering at Pico. Before that he founded capital markets consulting firm GreySpark Partners provided technology strategy and delivery services for Deutsche Bank, UBS and ABN Amro amongst others.

Technology

João Carreiro

Senior Technologist

Joao is a technologist with 20 years of experience working at ARM and Philip Morris, executing senior roles in architecture, development and technology across a variety of sectors.

Viacheslav Shevchenko

Lead Developer

Prior to joining Primary Portal Viacheslav successfully finished many other projects. During his career, he was working as a Frontend, Backend, and Fullstack Developer and Team Lead in different IT spheres.

Narley Brittes

Senior Developer

Narley is a software engineer with 10 years of experience having previously worked at Shell and Holland & Barrett as a front-end developer. In addition to TypeScript, Narley has substantial experience in Haskell, Python, React and Elm.

Alexey Brambalov

Full Stack Developer

Alexey is a full stack developer. He studied informatics at Moscow Power Engineering Institute.

Piotr Jeleniewicz

Full Stack Developer

Piotr is a software developer and was previously with MicroStrategy. He holds a Master’s degree from the Warsaw University of Technology.

Gavin Leung

Full Stack Developer

Gavin has spent his career mainly in the education sector prior to joining Primary Portal. He is able to communicate in Chinese and Japanese

Technology

Alexander Smith

Principal Developer

Alexander has a decade of engineering experience, with a focus on FinTech through roles at Goldman Sachs, Algomi and Caplin.

Viacheslav Shevchenko

Lead Developer

Prior to joining Primary Portal Viacheslav successfully finished many other projects. During his career, he was working as a Frontend, Backend, and Fullstack Developer and Team Lead in different IT spheres.

Product

Dom Mattiucci

Head of Data Management

Prior to joining Primary Portal, Dom was the director of Product Management at IHS Markit. Before, he led as Director of Data & Analytics EMEA at Ipreo before it merged with IHS Markit.

Adam Knight

Associate – Data Management

Prior to joining Primary Portal, Adam was at Ipreo and then IHS Markit for a total of 9 years, working in the Corporate Data & Analytics EMEA team before moving to Marketing Analytics when the companies merged in 2018.

Renée Mulders

Analyst – Product Management

Renée spent 5 years working in Operations for a world leading auction house. She has a background in project management and moved to London in 2015. She speaks fluently Dutch, English and Italian.

Haiqa Ashraf

Business Analyst

Haiqa has a background of working as a website developer and business analyst following her BSC Computer Science at University of Winchester. Building her potentialities as a Front-End developer.

Arjan Nagi

Analyst – Data Management

Arjan graduated from Cardiff University and interned at JPSB, gaining valuable experience in the Fintech sector. He also worked on the equities trading floor IT team at J.P. Morgan and in Data Management at Compass Group UK.

Business Development

Abigail Forsbrook

Head of Business Development

Abigail spent 7 years on the Goldman Sachs Equity Syndicate Desk prior to joining Primary Portal, executing transactions across the full range of equity products.

Dom Mattiucci

Head of Data Management

Prior to joining Primary Portal, Dom was the director of Product Management at IHS Markit. Before, he led as Director of Data & Analytics EMEA at Ipreo before it merged with IHS Markit.

Nico Meer

Head of Australia/New Zealand

Nico has over 20 years’ experience in Equity Capital Markets including 15 years on the Credit-Suisse EMEA Syndicate Desk. Prior to joining Primary-Portal, he consulted for technology start-ups, ran an IT Services business and a medical practice management software development company.

Vaibhav Kapoor

Head of India

Vaibhav is a strategy and finance professional with 13 years of experience across investment banking, venture capital, and government His experience in ECM, especially equity syndicate positions him perfectly to look after our expansion into India and surrounding regions.

Business Management

Abigail Forsbrook

Head of Business Development

Abigail spent 7 years on the Goldman Sachs Equity Syndicate Desk prior to joining Primary Portal, executing transactions across the full range of equity products.

Nico Meer

Head of Australia/New Zealand

Nico has over 20 years’ experience in Equity Capital Markets including 15 years on the Credit-Suisse EMEA Syndicate Desk. Prior to joining Primary-Portal, he consulted for technology start-ups, ran an IT Services business and a medical practice management software development company.

Vaibhav Kapoor

Head of India

Vaibhav is a strategy and finance professional with 13 years of experience across investment banking, venture capital, and government His experience in ECM, especially equity syndicate positions him perfectly to look after our expansion into India and surrounding regions.

Support

Lynn Schofield

HR Officer

Lynn is an experienced HR professional with experience spanning various business sectors. Lynn set up her own HR Consultancy and previously was Head of First Line Response Team, an outsourced HR service.

Caroline Maurice

Compliance Officer

After spending 20 years at Goldman Sachs International and 11 years at UBS, Caroline specialises in providing Compliance and Governance services.

Our core principles

Client Experience

We are obsessed with delivering the best customer service we can. We aim to make this experience simple yet effective. 

Passion, Pride, Trust

We are passionate about what we achieve. We take pride in what we do.
We trust our colleagues.

Diversity, Inclusion, Equality

We want everyone across the widest range of people.

Constructive Dissent

We value constructive debate and encourage everyone to be forthcoming with different views and opinions.

Always Learning ​

All of us are on a perpetual learning journey. We expect mistakes will be made; it is part of the learning process.

Bias for Action: Focus on Delivery

While debate and opinion are important, we know that without action, nothing is achieved.

Client Experience

We are obsessed with delivering the best customer service we can. We aim to make this experience simple yet effective. 

Passion, Pride, Trust

We are passionate about what we achieve. We take pride in what we do.
We trust our colleagues.

Diversity, Inclusion, Equality

We want everyone across the widest range of people.

Constructive Dissent

We value constructive debate and encourage everyone to be forthcoming with different views and opinions.

Always Learning ​

All of us are on a perpetual learning journey. We expect mistakes will be made; it is part of the learning process.

Bias for Action: Focus on Delivery

While debate and opinion are important, we know that without action, nothing is achieved.