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Our Offering

We are a Corporate Finance and Compliance services firm that puts seasoned advice and tailored services at the core of our relationships with our clients.

Our Standards

To ensure that your transaction or service requirement is executed with aplomb and your objectives met effectively and with integrity.


Results matter, we have shown we can get them. We use our expertise to build and finance your business in performance based relationships that support your growth.

John Allen

Executive Chairman

John Allen has investment banking and government experience in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand and leads ARC’s business and advisory activities.

He founded ARC in 1988 in New York, moving the firm to London in 1990 and he remains the Executive Chairman. The transactions he has led at ARC comprise over $6 billion total value in the private and public markets and include fund raising, mergers and acquisitions and advisory projects. His career experience includes over $10 billion total transaction value, including debt and equity funding, corporate mergers, acquisitions and restructuring projects. His areas of expertise are transaction structuring, valuation, infrastructure, project finance, telecoms, technology and green financing initiatives.

Prior to founding ARC, he was employed by The First Boston Corporation (“First Boston”) in New York and Australia and served in New Zealand as a Special Advisor to the Minister of Trade and Industry and in the Government Research Unit in Parliament.

John Allen has investment banking and government experience in the United Kingdom and Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

He is currently the Managing Partner of ARC Partners LLP and is the designated CEO, the Senior Manager responsible for Compliance and is the Money Laundering Reporting Officer as well as being an FCA Certified Person. His FCA reference number is: JAA01055

He is Non-Executive Chairman of hSo (High Speed Office Ltd) a London based telecoms services provider operating throughout the UK and Europe.

He has served on the Boards of companies based in the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand variously as a Non-Executive Chairman, Non-Executive Director and has been Chairman of Audit, and Nomination committees in the US, UK and Australia and a Board Observer in the UK.

Mr. Allen holds a master’s degree with honours from Canterbury University, New Zealand in Political Science and has been a Regulated Person with multiple registrations since 1993 under the Financial Conduct Authority regulatory regime and its predecessors.


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Judith Wheelan

Senior Placements Consultant

Judith has worked in the financial sector for over 30 years, having trained initially as a lending banker with Barclays Bank PLC.

She moved on to work in institutional sales & senior relationship management and has worked for several major investment banks (UBS/ Barclays/ BNP Paribas/ DrKW) covering major accounts: insurance companies, pension funds, family offices, wealth and asset managers in the UK & Europe.

She is a Board Director of Realworld Capital and sits on the Advisory Board of FastFin, an NYC-based fintech specializing in creating software applications for the capital markets. Through this she is closely involved with FX HedgePool, a peer-to-peer FX swap execution platform that was named "Best New Venue Initiative" by the publication FX Markets in 2020.

Prior to this, she was the Investor Partnerships Director of Estates & Infrastructure Exchange and Advisory, responsible for onboarding investors on to the exchange platform and assisting the affiliated Advisory business to raise debt & equity capital for infrastructure projects, with a focus on renewable, sustainable and social impact projects.

As a Partner at BTG Pactual, a leading Latin American investment bank, she managed their global banking and strategic relationships and raised finance lines for their physical and financial commodities trading business. Latterly, she was responsible for distributing their varied fund products in Europe (Latam Infrastructure, Retro Reinsurance, Global Macro hedge funds).

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Colin Johnston

Director: Risk Management

Colin has a 25 year plus career in the City of London and has experience in Asset Management, Insurance, Investment Banking, Exchanges and Fintech.

Colin holds a PhD in Laser Physics from the University of St. Andrews and joined the team at ARC in 2020 as Director of Risk Management. He leads ARC’s Risk Advisory business and our regulatory Appointed Representative activities. He was previously a member of an ARC Appointed Representative from 2018.

Colin was formerly UK Chief Risk Officer of BNY Mellon and Global CRO for ICAP. He has also been Head of Risk at Threadneedle Investments, Global Head of Commerzbank Corporates and Markets Operational Risk Function and EMEA Head of Operational Risk at Barclays Capital. More recently, he has worked with Fintech start-ups in an advisory capacity.

Colin and the ARC team support businesses and organisations to understand and manage risk and uncertainty and provide strategic insight and practical implementation advice. 

His expertise covers:

• Strategy
• Risk Management Frameworks
• Risk Analytics
• Risk Appetite
• Regulation in the UK and Europe
• Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP),
and Internal Liquidity Adequacy Assessment Process (ILAAP)
• Team Building

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Bhavya Sharma

Director: Corporate Finance

Bhavya heads the corporate finance activity at ARC and has expertise in infrastructure, valuation, credit analysis, private placements, structured finance and corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Bhavya holds a degree in electronics engineering from the Punjab University, India and a Master's in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Prior to joining ARC, she worked at the UK Government Investments in London, focused on Energy & Higher Education, at GE Capital, Nomura, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and Estates and Infrastructure Advisory.

Bhavya started her professional journey as an analyst within the M&A team at Morgan Stanley in Mumbai (India) and moved to London following a brief stint in the United Arab Emirates where she worked with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi on the placement of bonds backed by infrastructure linked assets.

She went on to work within the M&A execution team at Nomura and the syndications desk at GE Capital before transitioning to infrastructure finance with Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and subsequently with the UK Government Investments team at Whitehall. Her transaction experience allows her to contribute effectively to debt and equity investments into energy related infrastructure, utilities and telecommunication businesses.
Most recently her experience has included:

Estates and Infrastructure Advisory, London, Infrastructure and Regeneration Projects

• Evaluation and structuring projects within waste to energy, renewables, residential care homes, reuse of buildings for office and commercial use and large-scale regeneration projects

• Assessment of location, sector, revenue and cash-flow risk, counterparty risks, other transaction specific risks. Financial & valuation, transaction structuring, managing the preparation of facility documentation and handling investor Q&A.

UK Government Investments, London, Energy & Higher Education

• UK Nuclear: Working with Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on review of the post Hinckley pipeline of nuclear projects

• Higher Education: Developed an approach to assess financial solvency of universities in England for the new Regulator for Higher Education: Office for Students.

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, London, Assistant Director, Infrastructure Credit

• Credit Assessment for New Exposure and monitoring of Existing Portfolio Assets covering transaction risks, security package and monitoring of covenants.

GE Corporate Finance, London, Associate, Leveraged Finance

• Structuring and Syndication of leveraged buy-out for sponsors

• Asset Backed Facilities for specific deals

Nomura, London, Senior Analyst, Mergers & Acquisitions

• Privatisation of a State-owned Bank & Asset Sales in CEE

• Automotive and Industrials: Evaluation of cross border opportunities between Japan and Europe

National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, Analyst, Investment Banking

• Evaluation of the prospective IPO of the Abu Dhabi government owned energy holding company

Professional and Education

• Financial Services Authority Unit III Approved (Securities and Financial Derivatives)
• Masters in Business Administration, Indian Institute of Management (INDIA)
• Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Electronics & Telecommunications, Punjab University (INDIA)


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ARC Partners LLP is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority www.fca.org.uk, FRN 467068.

ARC Corporate Services Limited is an associated company with close links to ARC Partners LLP and is registered in England. Both companies trade under the ARC Associates brand.