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Philip Southwell

Chief Executive Officer
Axius Capital

Philip founded Axius Capital in 2012. Axius provides investment management advisory and asset management services in emerging markets infrastructure. Axius are active in the One Belt, One Road geography and in both credit & equity capital markets for infrastructure. Philip has a 25-year career in investment banking and principal investing, mostly focused on emerging markets in Asia, Middle East, Central Europe and Africa. He has been active in financing infrastructure throughout his career from an M&A, equity capital markets, debt capital markets, loan capital markets & high yield perspective. This includes landmark transactions for, eg. DP World, OCI, Angolan Govt, JAFZA, Abu Dhabi, MTN, Fortress, KEPCO, KDIC. From a fund perspective: at EFG-Hermes he worked with the European Investment Bank to structure and launch InfraMed. In Australia he structured and invested in a number of domestic infrastructure projects (primarily toll roads & airports). He has listed an infrastructure debt vehicle on the London Stock Exchange. Philip has deep management and operational experience including hiring and building local market teams; acquiring operating licences and being the accountable head of regulated businesses in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, UAE, UK & US. He bought and built cross-product businesses in Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Turkey, Russia, Hungary, Philippines and Lebanon and also built greenfield businesses in the GCC and Asia. Philip’s investment banking career started in 1994 with Smith New Court (Merrill Lynch) and he then spent 13 years at Deutsche Bank (of which 5 were based in Asia) promoted into a variety of leadership roles for emerging markets including Head of Asia-Pacific for ECM; Head of Coverage for CIB EMEA; Board Director of DB Russia; Head of CIB for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa; CSO for CIB in EMEA. He then moved to Dubai with EFG-Hermes as CEO of their GCC region, then with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as President, MENA region and ExCo member for Emerging Markets (ex-Asia) for all products, and CEO of Exotix Partners the specialist emerging markets firm. Philip is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales 1993, graduated from Durham University 1989 and Eton College 1985. He is married & has four children.

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