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Sir Laurie Magnus

  • Senior Advisor
  • Investment Banking
  • Strategic Advisory
  • London

Sir Laurie Magnus CBE is a senior advisor to Europe investment banking.

Sir Laurie was previously chairman of Lexicon Partners and has over 40 years of experience in the corporate finance advisory business, latterly specialising in the financial institutions sector. He is the U.K. Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests.

Prior to joining Lexicon Partners, Sir Laurie was a partner in the Phoenix Partnership, becoming a managing director in the financial institutions group of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette after it acquired Phoenix in 1997. He spent the first 18 years of his career at Samuel Montagu, now part of HSBC Investment Bank, where his final responsibility was as deputy head of U.K. corporate finance. This included a posting in Singapore, where he was area manager responsible for Midland Bank’s operations in Southeast Asia.

He serves as chairman of The City of London Investment Trust. He is also a former chairman of Pantheon International. In the nonprofit sector, he is chairman of Heritage of London Trust, former chairman of Historic England, a former trustee of The English Heritage Trust, a former trustee of  Benefact Trust, and a former member of HM Government’s Culture Recovery Board.

In 2022, he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the U.K. New Year’s Honours list for services to heritage.

Sir Laurie is a graduate of Oxford University.