We draw our team from related but distinct disciplines. We truly believe in the sum of the parts theory which is why we never hire the same type of person twice. We complement each other perfectly and a shared belief in the Laeceum principles galvanizes our sense of common purpose and identity.

Ravi Chauhan

Ravi is the Founder & Managing Director of Laeceum and has 20 years experience in corporate strategy, M&A and management consulting.

He was most recently the London Partner at Ares & Co, the Paris-based strategy consultancy prior to which he led Group Corporate Development and the London Branch of Depfa Bank, the specialist public sector financier and covered bond issuer. In his early career, Ravi was a strategy consultant at Deloitte and a strategic research analyst at EY and Informa Financial Intelligence.

Ravi holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and an LLB from University College London.

John Mould

John is a C-level banking professional with over 30 years of experience in strategy, operations, risk, finance and SME lending ,data and analytics.


John was most recently the CEO of ThinCats where he presided over a four fold increase in lending and a shift away from a crowd-based funding model to an institutional-only funding model.  Prior to ThinCats, John held senior leadership roles including the offices of COO and CFO at a number of asset managers and investment banks including Hermes, New Star and Morgan Stanley. 


John is a qualified accountant with a B.Eng from Bristol University and is a Non-Executive Chairman of CrowdProperty, a leading UK specialist property lending company.

Kieran Walsh

Kieran is a banking professional with over 25 years of experience with expert knowledge of risk management, liquidity and capital obligations.


Kieran has worked in a variety of senior positions, managing multiple teams across various jurisdictions while working in leading investment banks in London and recently as Group Treasurer at Depfa Bank restructuring the balance sheet post bailout. His focus has always been on innovation and starting new business lines, possessing a deep knowledge of derivatives, asset management and all associated funding instruments from money markets to undated subordinated, secured and unsecured aligned with an understanding international debt markets investors’ preferences and requirements.


Kieran is a qualified accountant with an MBS & B.Comm from University College Dublin and is an Independent Non-Executive Director of BNP Paribas, Ireland.

Charles Hayes

Charles has over 30 years of experience in asset management, trading and risk management.


He has most recently advised the German Finance Ministry on its effective management and liquidation of a €100bn portfolio of assets acquired from a number of bad banks. Prior to this, he developed many derivatives and cash businesses relating to credit, equities and currencies at Bankers Trust and HVB.

Charles has an MA in Engineering Science from Oxford University.

Oliver Benson

Oliver has accumulated a diverse range of experience in management consulting, investment management and law.

He is tasked with engineering algorithms and leading novel data analysis to produce bespoke insights for clients. Additionally, he supports the team on SPA drafting and negotiation for  advisory mandates. Oliver has prior experience in automating processes, as well as increasing work efficiency through novel data systems at a bespoke recruitment boutique.

Oliver holds a BA from the University of Cambridge.