Senior Managing Director and Chairman of Europe Investment Banking
Bernard Taylor is Chairman of Europe.
Mr. Taylor was previously CEO of Evercore in Europe and a Senior Managing Director of the Firm, and before that he was Chief Executive of Braveheart, which was acquired by Evercore Partners in December 2006. In 1999, Mr. Taylor was joint Chief Executive of Global Investment Banking (Corporate Advisory, Securities, Banking, Capital Markets worldwide) and Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of Robert Fleming & Co. Limited. On the acquisition of Flemings by Chase Manhattan, Mr. Taylor became responsible for the Investment Banking activities of the expanded Chase Manhattan Bank in Europe, Middle East and Africa as Vice Chairman and a member of the Chase Global Management Committee in New York.
Following the acquisition of JPMorgan by Chase, Mr. Taylor remained a Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Investment Banking (Europe) until March 2006, when he joined Braveheart.
Some of Mr. Taylor's M&A transactions include advising The Wellcome Trust on the offer by Glaxo for Wellcome plc, advising Dresdner Bank on their offer for Kleinwort Benson, advising Northern Telecom on the acquisition of STC and on both their joint venture with Daimler Benz and their joint venture with Lagardère Groupe, advising ING on their acquisition of Barings, advising Matra on their missiles joint venture with British Aerospace, advising Aérospatiale-Matra on the formation of EADS, the purchase of Schwarz Pharma by UCB, the sale of Smiths Industries Aerospace Division to GE, the formation of a joint venture in Detection Systems between Smiths and GE, advising Babcock plc on their acquisition of VT Group plc and advising Lafarge on the formation of their joint venture with Tarmac plc.
Mr. Taylor was one of the first lay trustees (Council member) of Oxford University and was Chairman of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee of the University. He now sits interalia on the Finance Committee, and the Medical Sciences Division Board of the University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Hon Fellow of St. John’s College Oxford, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Royal Society, Royal Commissioner and Chairman of the Commission of 1851, Chairman of ISIS Innovation Limited and a non-executive director of Oxford Instruments Group plc. He was educated at Cheltenham College and Oxford University (Scholar, St. John's College).