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

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.
Manchester University, BA (Hons)

Alessandra Castelli

Public Markets Editor - EMEA

Alessandra leads Mergermarket and Dealreporter public markets coverage across EMEA. In addition to coordinating the European RiskArb and special situations editorial output, she is leading the Activistmonitor’s EMEA operation. Based in London, Alessandra is also focusing in identifying new content sets within the public markets. She has over 13 years of experience in financial journalism having covered large scale of M&A deals.
Previous experience
Alessandra joined Acuris in May 2004 as research analyst. Since then she has worked on both Mergermarket and Dealreporter editorial teams, first as Head of Italian coverage, then Deputy Editor and Editor of Dealreporter. Alessandra previously worked as a training lawyer for a Milan-based law firm.
Education and Professional Memberships
Catholic University of Milan, LLM in Law

Peter Deslandes

Head of Products, Transactions Division

As Head of Product for Transactions, Peter is primarily responsible for the strategic direction and development of Mergermarket and Unquote. In collaboration with software engineers and digital product designers in the London office, he also works closely with colleagues in Content, Commercial and Marketing worldwide to deliver the best value for our subscribers.


Previous experience

Working in digital media for over 20 years, Peter had a brief stint at News International before joining the BBC where he worked on News and Weather Online for almost a decade. While there he was instrumental in the delivery of the BBC's first video and display advertising platform, after which he led the launch of a completely reimagined Weather website. Amongst other jobs since, a year at Shazam as the Android app product manager provided a musical interlude before joining Acuris in September 2018.

Virginia Garcia Martinez

Transactions Editor - EMEA

Virginia leads Mergermarket and Dealreporter private markets coverage across EMEA. She coordinates the editorial output on private companies and private equity, managing a team of reporters and regional editors. Based in London, Virginia is also focusing on identifying and developing new content sets within the private markets and hiring new talent. She has over 10 years of experience in financial journalism and M&A.


Previous experience

Virginia joined Acuris in March 2008 as part of the research team and since 2009 worked as a reporter in Mergermarket’s editorial team, covering the consumer, retail and leisure sectors. Prior to her current responsibilities, Virginia served as London Bureau Chief, leading a team of London-based reporters. She previously worked for a leading Spanish television channel and as a translator.



University of Bath, MA in Contemporary Political European Studies. University Carlos III, Madrid, BA in Journalism. University of Salamanca, BA in Translation and Interpreting.

Beranger Guille

Global Editorial Analytics Director

Based in London, Beranger heads a team of journalists and analysts responsible for promoting Mergermaket’s Editorial Analytics globally. He leads content innovation and development with a view to pioneering Mergermarket’s coverage into new areas while ensuring it remains ahead of the competition.  
Previous experience
Prior to this, Beranger served as Mergermarket Editor – EMEA. He joined Mergermarket in 2005 to cover the French and European TMT markets, having undertaken a training scheme with Bloomberg News and gained work experience with the FT and The Guardian.
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.
University of Northumbria, BA (Hons) in English Literature and Film

Patricia Heiberger

Managing Editor - Asia-Pacific

Patricia is in charge of Asia Pacific editorial strategy and operations for Mergermarket and Dealreporter. She leads a team of more than 50 reporters, editors and translators who provide M&A intelligence to advisors, corporates and investors. As well as defining coverage, she is responsible for hiring, training, and mentoring talented journalists.
Previous experience
Patricia has more than a decade of experience as a financial reporter and editor in Asia, specifically in Greater China and Southeast Asia. As Bureau Chief for Southeast Asia, she helped Mergermarket launch coverage of frontier markets like Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar.
University of Philippines, BA in Journalism

James Hubbard

Head of Sales - Asia-Pacific

James is based in Hong Kong and is responsible for the commercial efforts of Mergermarket across Asia, including account management, product and business development. He applies a personable and consultative approach to growing existing accounts, as well as managing the APAC sales team in the region.
Previous experience
James has spent the last decade working in sales management roles, serving a wide range of financial, business technology, and professional services markets globally. James moved from London to Hong Kong in 2014, where he was tasked with building and training a sales team in the region as the Head of Sales for Infopro-Digital, before joining Acuris in February 2018.

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

Silvia Paparello

Head of Private Equity and IPO Content

Silvia joined Mergermarket in August 2011 as an M&A Research Analyst covering the EMEA market with a special focus on Italian transactions. Since 2013, she has been managing the IPO content under the ECM platform, aiming at improving quality and coverage of Mergermarket database. Leveraging on her previous experience as product manager, she has been appointed Private Equity Portfolio manager in 2014, leading a dedicated team that ensure quality and accuracy of the Private Equity coverage. She supports and works closely with the ECM and PE reporters and liaise with the research team’s Regional Managers as well as with the local commercial teams.

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.
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.
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.


Cambridge University, MA in History