Vannin Capital | 15 January 2018

Vannin Capital appoints Chief Executive Officer to drive ambitious growth plan

Vannin Capital, the global expert in legal finance, has appointed Richard Hextall as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

An experienced executive and PLC Board Director, Richard joins Vannin from leading global insurer and reinsurer, MS Amlin, where he was Chief Finance and Operations Officer from 2012 to 2017.

Richard played a central role in growing MS Amlin from a London-focused business into an international group with operations spanning three continents, with his responsibilities encompassing group strategy, finance, investments and risk management. During his tenure, group annual revenue grew by nearly 700% and net tangible assets increased more than tenfold to £2.9 billion, demonstrating his ability to effectively manage global teams to drive profitability and strategic change throughout an international business.

Richard joined MS Amlin plc as Group Finance Director in 1999 from Deloitte & Touche. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director of The City of London Investment Trust plc and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Lloyd’s Market Association.

Dan Craddock, Chairman of Vannin, commented: “Richard is a hugely experienced financial services industry leader and I am delighted to welcome him to Vannin. The business is now firmly established as one of the world’s leading providers of capital solutions to the legal sector, with 2017 proving to be another milestone year. Looking ahead, the opportunities for continued international growth are tremendously exciting. The team looks forward to working with Richard to capture this significant potential.”

Richard Hextall, Chief Executive Officer of Vannin, said: “Vannin is a business with ambition and I am hugely excited to be joining the team. Its strong reputation is driven by high calibre, entrepreneurial people who are focused on providing clients with a thoughtful and creative service. Vannin has a fantastic position in its industry and has potential for strong growth in both existing and new markets. I look forward to all that we can achieve together in the future.”

2017 was a significant year for Vannin, as the firm continues to strengthen its team and grow its international footprint to support the strong demand for third party funding in its markets.

Highlights of the year include:

  • Appointment of David Collins, formerly at Prudential plc, as Chief Financial Officer
  • Opening of a New York office to build on the firm’s presence in the fast-growing US market
  • Appointment of three senior US judges to Vannin’s Investment Committee
  • Five new Investment Directors, with backgrounds at leading international law firms, appointed across the business


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