Smith & Williamson hires Russell Cook as Director Corporate Finance

15 July 2016 2 min. read

Smith & Williamson hired corporate finance advisory expert Russell Cook as a Director within its Corporate Finance team. Cook joins the firm’s London office, having previously worked at Panmure Gordon, also based in London.

Prior to joining Smith & Williamson, Russell Cook worked at Panmure Gordon as a Director of Investment Banking – responsibilities included financial advisory to AIM and fully listed companies. Previously, from 2002 until 2015, Cook worked at Charles Stanley Securities where he held the role of Director of Corporate Finance, and, from 1998 to 2002, he was a Director of Corporate Finance at Teather & Greenwood. Cook graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Russell Cook - Smith & Williamson

Cook joins the firm’s Corporate Finance team as a Director, and is based in London. Cook’s more than 30 years of industry experience, with a wide range of UK stakeholders, will be leveraged by the firm as it broadens its corporate finance advisory practice.

Azhic Basirov, Managing Director of Capital Markets at Smith & Williamson's Corporate Finance practice, says that the firm is “delighted” to welcome Russell on board. Basirov adds, “As we grow our corporate finance business it’s vital that we increase our coverage of fund managers and investment houses within the industry. Russell brings with him long established relationships as well as valued input as we grow and diversify our corporate finance business.”

Russell remarks, “The opportunity to join Smith & Williamson was a welcome one. Smith & Williamson is a highly regarded organisation which believes that the relationship with the client is paramount. It is noted, across the industry, the number of the firm’s long term clients who had gone on to achieve sustained growth and I am keen to help further develop the client service offering.”