Our Team

Giovanni Amodeo

Global Editor in Chief and Head of Research

In addition to managing Mergermarket‘s global team of journalists, Giovanni‘s responsibilities include seeking new growth areas, implementing new content sets, moderating and speaking at M&A events and hiring new talent. Giovanni also oversees the Global Research Team, which includes facilitating the integration of data within editorial, developing IPO and ECM coverage, advisory submissions and data promotion. Giovanni regularly offers market insight through television appearances and academic lectures.
 

Previous experience

Giovanni joined Mergermarket in 2001 and has held a number of positions within the company, including Frankfurt Bureau Chief, Italian Correspondent, telecommunications, leisure and media reporter and research analyst, based in London. Prior to this, he worked with Commerzbank in Germany.

  Education and Professional Memberships
University of Brescia, degree in Economics Giornalista
Pubblicista enrolled at the Journalist Corporation in Milan

Sola Akinola

Global Head of Deals & Data Content

Based in New York, Sola is responsible for the origination, development, and execution of new content initiatives aimed at enhancing Mergermarket’s global M&A deals & data product offering. He plays a pivotal role in aligning the needs of the Mergermarket research and commercial teams, while also overseeing database inclusion criteria and processes.
 
Previous experience
With over a decade of experience in information services in Europe and North America, Sola has amassed a wealth of knowledge on all things data/research. Since joining the group in 2006, he has held leadership positions across Mergermarket research’s primary verticals - deals & data, advisory content, and data promotion.
 
Education
King’s College London, BA (Hons) in Philosophy
 

Tom Cane

Managing Editor - Americas

Tom heads both Mergermarket and Dealreporter’s editorial operations across the Americas, overseeing the products’ combined team of more than 50 reporters across the region that specialise in M&A and capital markets coverage. As well as managing regional editors and hiring key staff, Tom is responsible for identifying new areas of coverage. In 2012 he notably launched our successful ECM product.
 
Previous experience
Before becoming Dealreporter’s Asia editor in 2010, Tom was European deputy editor, where he headed ECM coverage and covered real estate and financial services. Prior to joining Mergermarket, Tom wrote on capital markets and private equity for a legal media organisation in London.
 
Education
Manchester University, BA (Hons)
 

Beranger Guille

Editor - EMEA

Based in London, Beranger leads a team of more than 50 journalists in EMEA, from Finland to South Africa and Portugal to Dubai. He is responsible for pioneering Mergermarket's coverage into new territories while ensuring we remain ahead of the competition. Forward looking intelligence is key to Beranger’s understanding of the specific requirements of the diverse M&A markets across EMEA and forms the driver for shaping exclusive content for each region.
 
Previous experience
Beranger joined Mergermarket in 2005 to cover the French market. Prior to this, he undertook a training scheme with Bloomberg News and work experience with the FT and The Guardian.
 
Education
University of Bath, MA in Political Science, European and Transatlantic Studies
University of Toulouse, MA in History, Contemporary History
 

Lucinda Guthrie

 Deputy Editor in Chief

Lucinda manages a team of journalists who cover breaking news on corporate events involving listed companies globally. Her team provides intelligence for the equity and fixed income markets that is tailored to hedge funds, proprietary trading desks, security lending, ECM syndicate desks and institutional fund managers.

Previous experience
With thirteen years’ experience of business journalism, Lucinda has reported on markets and corporate events in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Lucinda joined Acuris in 2006 and, before managing the European editorial team, she was deputy editor for Dealreporter Asia.
 
Education
University of Northumbria, BA (Hons) in English Literature and Film

Patricia Heiberger

Editor - Asia-Pacific

Patricia leads a team of more than 30 journalists across seven bureaus in the Asia-Pacific. She ensures the team is first to report M&A developments and consolidation trends in the region. As well as guiding editorial coverage, she is responsible for hiring, training and mentoring talented journalists.
 
Previous experience
Before her appointment to this position, she was concurrently Assistant Editor and Bureau Chief for Southeast Asia, where she helped shore up coverage of core markets like Singapore and break into new ones like Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
 
Education
University of Philippines, BA in Journalism
 

Yanita Morris

Editor in Chief, Equities & Transactions

As Editor in Chief of Global Equities and Transactions, Yanita Morris manages the editorial teams of Mergermarket, Dealreporter and PaRR globally. She is responsible for managing journalists and collaborating with equity analysts in over 50 countries around the world, establishing editorial policies and developing new coverage areas that help grow the company's brands.
 
Previous experience
Yanita has more than 12 years’ experience as an on-the-ground reporter, covering risk arbitrage, credits and hybrid markets, and international securities laws in North America, Europe, Russia & CIS and Asia Pacific. Before joining Dealreporter in 2002, she was a credit analyst at European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and at Dana Commercial Credit.
 
Education & Professional Memberships
Cass Business School, Masters in Finance
Member of CFA Institute

Ben Rumble

Head of Sales - EMEA

As Mergermarket’s Head of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ben applies his detailed knowledge of the M&A process to driving sales and managing the EMEA sales team.
 
Previous experience
Before he joined Acuris in 2007, Ben spent three years as an Associate for Shield Corporate Finance where he specialised in sell side M&A.
 
Education
Southampton University, BSc in Geography
 

Kurt Viehl

Head of Sales - Americas

Based in New York, Kurt is responsible for the commercial efforts within the Americas, including product and business development, subscriber management and retention. He applies a consultative and detail oriented approach towards driving growth across the region.
 
Previous experience
Prior to joining Acuris in 2010, Kurt worked for Bureau van Dijk and Reuters, focusing on consultative sales and Economic analysis.
 
Education
Clark University - BA, Economics with Honors
 
 

John West

Managing Editor - EMEA

John heads Mergermarket and Dealreporter editorial output across EMEA, leading a team of more than 50 reporters across both products focused on M&A, growth capital raises and stock market placings. Based in London, John specializes in ECM coverage and oversees development of new coverage areas, such as ICOs.
 

Previous experience

Joining Dealreporter in 2012, John oversaw ECM output and became Deputy Editor for the product’s European operation in 2015. Before joining Acuris, John spent five years covering western European stock markets at Standard & Poor’s MarketScope. He has also worked as a freelance speech writing consultant and contributed to Tribune and d’Lëtzebuerger Land.
 

Education

Cambridge University, MA in History