Umran Akhtar
Managing Director
Phipps Bridge Consulting

Umran has 20+ years experience in the Financial Services industry, having spent most of this time working for global investment banks, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citi, and Bear Stearns/JP Morgan.  The vast majority of this time has been spent managing Prime business lines, and senior level coverage of large, and complex, asset management clients. This has given him a broad range of experience, and a proven track record of delivering client needs. Most recently demonstrated by his leadership as the EMEA/Asia Head of Prime Services for Bear Stearns/JP Morgan through significant market upheaval events over the past 10+ years. Including the Bear Stearns' collapse, the Lehman Brothers' collapse, credit spread issues, regulatory reforms (AIFMD, EMIR, MiFID, SFTR, CSDR..), changing client landscapes (move from offshore vehicles to onshore UCITS, QIF, SICAV), rise of managed platforms, and spread/fee compressions. He also has very recent experience focusing on managing regulatory impacts for the Prime business, working with industry bodies and providing extensive input for the responses back to regulators.
Umran founded Phipps Bridge Consulting Ltd as a boutique consulting Firm, focused on the Asset Management space. It’s core service offerings are providing guidance, and support with client/investor relationship management, business strategy development, and practical Market guidance. To date, Phipps Bridge Consulting Ltd has engaged with; Alternative Asset Managers, Mini Primes, Brokers, Platforms, Fintechs, Law Firms, Industry Bodies, as well as other International Consultancy Firms.
He has an honours degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, London. Working in the  Civil/Structural Engineering space for 5 years post graduation, and pre Financial Services.