Meet the Team…

We’re a friendly bunch, so have a read below and learn a little bit more about us and what makes us tick!

Staff in our UK office:

Iain Baird

Iain Baird (Head of Finance and Operations) 

Iain is the Head of Finance and Operations at Metis Partners. He is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA qualification and a BA degree in Finance, Economics and Law. Iain trained with Ernst and Young, becoming an audit manager with secondments to corporate recovery and insolvency departments. He then joined the Corporate Finance Team at Bank of Scotland before moving into industry. He has held Financial Director/Commercial Director roles with Cruise Clothing, USC, Fashion Rocks, Faith Footwear and 2Pure to name a few and was part of the MBO team to acquire Cruise from its founder. He also saw Cruise and Faith Footwear through various restructuring processes. Iain therefore brings a wealth of diverse commercial experience and professionalism to Metis Partners.

Teams: Finance 

Ruby Chan

Ruby Chan (Head of Professional Services) 

Ruby is responsible for managing Metis Partners’ Professional Services. Ruby specialises in IP audit, commercial IP due diligence, IP commercialisation, and IP strategy. She is experienced in the analysis of IP portfolios including IP rights, licences, technology, trade secrets, to identify strengths and commercial risks in the portfolio, as well as advising clients on IP protection and strategy. Ruby holds an MA in Philosophy from Glasgow University and an MSc. in Business and Management from Strathclyde Business School. An avid gamer in her spare time, Ruby enjoys keeping up with the latest trends in technology and fashion.

Teams: Brokerage, Advisory, Corporate Recovery

Emily Muir

Emily Muir (Corporate Recovery & Restructuring Manager) 

Emily is responsible for managing Metis Partners’ Corporate Recovery and Restructuring services. She joins Metis with experience from the Insolvency sector having previously held positions at some of Scotland’s largest accountancy firms and brings an understanding of insolvency processes to the team. In addition to hill walking, Emily enjoys outdoor pursuits and reading in her free time.

Teams: Corporate Recovery

Samantha Main

Samantha Main (Marketing Executive)

As our Marketing Executive, Samantha’s main responsibilities include working closely with the management team to promote our services; publicise our successes; plan national and international events; and coordinate a marketing plan that supports our business strategy. She also coordinates marketing for our annual IP league table, The IP100. Samantha joined us whilst completing her Honours degree in History at the University of Strathclyde. Upon graduating, she joined the team full time. When she’s not in the office, Samantha enjoys exercising, eating out, and climbing Scotland’s famous ‘Munros’.

Teams: Marketing, IP100

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith (Senior Analyst) 

Andrew’s role within Metis Partners is an IP Analyst for the Corporate Recovery and Restructuring team. His main responsibilities include carrying out research for clients to identify IP assets; drafting client proposals and reports; liaising with clients & IP asset purchasers and Andrew also assists in marketing and business development activities. Before joining Metis Partners, Andrew worked in corporate banking. Andrew is particularly interested in innovation in business, and his interest in intellectual property first sparked whilst studying his Business with Management degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. In his free time, he enjoys creative activities such as drawing and cooking.
Team: Corporate Recovery

Emre Turan

Emre Turan (Analyst) 

As an IP Analyst across the Advisory and the Corporate Recovery and Restructuring teams, Emre is responsible for assisting companies in identifying their IP assets, along with recommending improvements that can be made to their IP strategy. In addition to this, Emre assists in selling intellectual property assets for companies that have fallen into financial distress. Emre joined Metis after graduating with an LLB Honours degree in Law from the University of Glasgow, where he studied Intellectual Property law. He enjoys watching most sports, especially football, and eating out.

Teams: Advisory Corporate Recovery

Miguel Benitez

Miguel Benitez (Senior Valuation and Research Analyst) 

Miguel specialises in the valuation of IP assets for a range of assignments such as M&A and other investment-led transactions. His responsibilities include conducting research and financial analysis as well as maintaining valuation models. Miguel has international experience working under different accounting standards, including US GAAP at IBM and Luxembourg GAAP in Luxembourg’s alternative investment funds industry. Miguel holds an MSc with Distinction in International Accounting & Finance from Strathclyde Business School, UK, and a BSc in Finance and Accounting studied at both Universitat Jaume I, Spain, and Aston Business School, UK. Some of Miguel’s motivations are technology, trail running and football.

Team: Valuation 

Our Junior Analysts include:

Matthew Robertson

Fergus Horne

Ryan Diamond

David Hood

Staff in our US office:

Stephen Robertson

Stephen Robertson (Director) 

Acknowledged as one of the “World’s 300 Leading IP Strategists” by IAM Magazine, Stephen founded Metis Partners in 2003 to assist businesses with the maximisation of value from their IP assets. He has advised a range of enterprises including FTSE quoted companies, SMEs, global banks, insolvency practitioners and public sector organisations across Europe and the United States. Stephen’s experience includes monetising IP assets, providing IP due diligence, delivering IP strategies, IP asset brokerage and IP asset valuation. He also provides expertise with IP commercialisation, using IP assets as security to restructure debt and IP infringement and invalidity. Stephen has 20 years’ experience in corporate finance and has worked in banking, business angel investment and the plc sectors. Stephen graduated with a degree in law before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and Touche. He is currently Chairman of the Licensing Executives Society for Scotland and is a member of the LES Council for Britain and Ireland. He is also a frustrated diva having appeared on Pop Idol USA!

Teams: Advisory, Valuation, Due Diligence, IP100