Co-Chief Investment Officer and Investment Director of viva investment partners
Scott is the Co-Chief Investment Officer of VIVA Investment Partners, and has been a senior member of the investment team since mid 2020.
During the first part of his career, Scott was an award-winning, widely respected Analyst in the City of London working inside of some of the most important Banks and Financial Institutions in the United States and United Kingdom. He analysed and distilled the essence of corporate financial statements, looking for patterns and behaviour (irregular and good), with a view to forming a professional recommendation to investors and the Board of Directors.
Investment Analyst 1988 – 1999
- Credit Commercial de France
- Charterhouse Tilney (equity analyst)
- UBS Phillips & Drew (equity analyst)
- Yamaichi (equity analyst)
- Smith New Court / Merrill Lynch (equity analyst)
- BZW / Credit Suisse First Boston
- ABN Amro (equity analyst)
Trained as an economist, he entered stockbroking in the City of London in 1988 as an equity investment analyst working at Credit Commercial de France (CCF). In a subsequent twelve-year analytical career, Scott worked as an equity analyst at UBS, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and ABN Amro. During this time he was rated by Extel in the top five analysts in the Building and Construction sector from 1995 until 1999.
The second phase of his career, he then helped the Boards of Companies communicate the position that they want to achieve in the market, with both numerical and qualitative narrative.
Investor Relations Executive 2000 – 2008
- Financial Dynamics / FTI (M&A and Investor Relations – Board Director)
- Blackbox Analytics (CEO and founder)
- Citigate Dewe Rogerson (Investor Relations – Executive Director)
Moving to Investor Relations in 2000, Scott joined Financial Dynamics (now FTI) as a director in its M&A Advisory Practice before joining the full board in 2002 as the Investor Relations Practice Director. As such, Scott won and worked with Air Liquide, BMW, Credit Agricole and Novartis on a range of investor relations projects.
In 2005, Scott formed his own company, Blackbox Analytics, which developed further his work for Novartis in the creation and maintenance of consensus analyst forecast analytics for a number of clients including Taylor Woodrow and George Wimpey. This business was sold to Citigate Dewe Rogerson (part of Huntsworth plc) in 2007 and Scott stayed with the agency until 2008 to assist in the development of this practice.
In-house IR & Venture Capital – 2008 to date
- Just Retirement (now Just Group) – Head of Investor Relations
- Smithfield Consultants (now Edelman) – Investor Relations Director
- Burson Marsteller – Director, Financial Services MENA
- Whitman Howard (now Panmure Gordon) – Head of Research
- VIVA Investment Partners (VIP) – Investment Director
In 2008, Scott was appointed Head of Investor Relations at Just Retirement, a UK annuity specialist listed on AIM which has subsequently merged with Partnership plc to form Just Group. He returned to agency investor relations in 2010 at Smithfield Consultants, now part of the Edelman Group but, at that time, part of the Burson Marsteller portfolio. Scott was transferred to Burson Marsteller’s UAE agency (Asda’a) in 2013 and worked across the MENA region until 2015.
He returned to equity analysis, joining Whitman Howard (now Panmure Gordon) as head of research in 2015. During this time, Scott researched and worked with Purplebricks (for whom he raised funds pre-IPO) and Countrywide. He also advised Hornby PLC on its investor relations strategy following a substantive change of control.
During the third phase of his career, Scott has become the co-architect of the business and investment strategy of VIVA Investment Partners with Dr Meyer.
Scott has led the investments in Arviem, B.GRN, TalentHouse and is the Chairman of Drive Software Solutions.