Paul Baines has over 30 years of experience in providing corporate, strategic and financial advice to clients, primarily the Boards of quoted companies, but also to governmental bodies and private equity firms.
Paul was previously Executive Chairman of Hawkpoint Partners, now rebranded as the Investment Banking Division of Canaccord Genuity. He joined Hawkpoint in 2000 and was appointed CEO in 2003 and then Executive Chairman in 2009. During his tenure at Hawkpoint, he developed the firm into a high quality independent corporate advisory firm with a team of ca. 160 operating from offices in London, Paris and Frankfurt. In 2006 he negotiated the sale of Hawkpoint to Collins Stewart plc, where he joined its Board, and then advised it on its sale to Canadian/UK listed Canaccord Financial Inc.
Prior to his career at Hawkpoint, Paul was CEO of the Corporate Finance Division of Charterhouse Bank. He joined Charterhouse in 1984 after previously working with Antony Gibbs, the merchant banking arm of Hongkong and Shanghai Bank (now HSBC), and qualifying as a solicitor with Freshfields, where he specialised in commercial and banking law. Paul graduated with a BA Hons Degree in Law from Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1977.