Friday 19 April 2013

Abchat Weekly Wrap Up: The Amanda Show

As the nation laid Baroness Thatcher to rest this week, amidst both George Osborne’s cringeworthy tears and SamCam’s dubious choice of head and neck-wear, a little-known 19 year old named Amanda ‘Pippa Middletonned’ the funeral.

Since dubbed The Iron Granddaughter, Amanda Thatcher, daughter of Sir Mark Thatcher, delivered an emotional lesson from the bible with both confidence and grace. This was no small feat, considering that amongst the 2,300 attendees, were the Queen of England, powerful politicians and other global dignitaries. Ms Thatcher was no doubt aware that the funeral would be broadcast to millions across the world as well. In a world where the Thatchers have been mired with controversy and scandal, this will be a welcome PR change.

Tipped by her high school class mates as “the most likely person to change the world”, the confidence with which she delivered the emotional passage commanded attention. Amanda told an MP that she did not feel nervous about giving the reading, adding that public speaking is ‘sort of in my blood’. The cynical among us might suggest it was a brilliant opportunity to raise her profile on the global stage and get her future career off to a flying start.

Margaret Thatcher’s reign over Britain left very mixed feelings, but the media reaction from her funeral leaves little doubt that Amanda did the Iron Lady very proud.

This week Abchaps had a credentials swap with integrated corporate finance boutique firm SP Angel.

Our Life Sciences Team hosted a great Market Lunch, focused on the funding climate for UK biotechs, specialist expertise within the City and valuation of early stage biotech companies. The team also participated in the monthly One Nucleus Cambridge Life Science networking event.

Richard Sneiders has been appointed investment manger at Hargreave Hale, the stock broking and investment managing firm. He was most recently an investment manager servicing private clients at Quilter. Prior to that he was fund manager on Deutsche Bank’s private wealth management team.

Claude Brown has joined Reed Smith as a partner in its structured finance team. Brown specialises in derivatives, commodity derivatives and prime brokerage. Most recently, he was head of structured solutions at Clifford Chance.

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Kensington is the place to be this weekend with a pop-up Ping Pong Party with street food and film screenings in Russell Gardens, W14.

Art lovers should head to Soho for 50:50 An Art and Food Adventure, pairing art with creative food to satisfy multiple senses.

Tomorrow is "Record Store Day", where many stores around London are celebrating music and the value of local record stores, by releasing an abundance of new records, hosting live DJ sets and live band performances. The main action will be taking place in Notting Hill, Soho and Brick Lane's Rough Trade.

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