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A London - based International Investment banking group. 2011. Table of Contents. Introduction to ZAI Principal Business Areas Services Resources Key Differentiators Fundraising and Clients Seven Solutions Unique qualifications ZAI track records and Clients Executive Resumes

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a london based international investment banking group

A London - based InternationalInvestment banking group


ZAI Group of Companies

Registered in England and Wales No. 06814163; Registered Office:, 177 Regent Street, London W18 4JN

Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Services Authority



Table of Contents

  • Introduction to ZAI
    • Principal Business Areas
    • Services
    • Resources
    • Key Differentiators
    • Fundraising and Clients
    • Seven Solutions
    • Unique qualifications
    • ZAI track records and Clients
  • Executive Resumes
  • Contact Details

Principal Business Areas

  • Zimmerman Adams International group (“ZAI”) including ZAI Corporate Finance Ltd, ZAI Broking Ltd and ZAI Research Ltd, is a London-based, independent, internationally focussed investment banking group established in 2004.
  • ZAI offers a full range of corporate finance, broking and advisory services to a clientele of growing, medium-sized companies.
  • ZAI executes corporate finance and advisory assignments for UK clients overseas and for overseas clients in the UK.
  • ZAI Corporate Finance Ltd is a Nominated Adviser on London’s AIM market, a Corporate Adviser on Plus Markets and a Listing Sponsor on NYSE Euronext and Alternext in Paris.


ZAI provides a wide range of investment banking services to corporate and institutional clients, as well as governments and public authorities

Corporate Finance Services

Nominated Advisor for the AIM LSE Market

Corporate Advisor for Plus markets

Listing Sponsor for the NYSE Euronext and Alternext Markets

Financial Advisor for Takeover Code Transactions

7 Solutions

Acquisition/ Disposal Advice

Broking Services

IPO’s in London

IPO’s in Paris

Secondary Fundraising

Private Placements

Other Products

In-house Research



  • People

A cosmopolitan team with backgrounds in diverse and complementary advisory fields, such as law, banking, accountancy, marketing, industry and management consulting.

  • Languages
    • Major languages spoken: English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.
  • Contacts

Our team has been executing international investment banking business for over 20 years and has a history of success throughout the world, with an extensive network of contacts developed from that experience.


Key Differentiators

ZAI is an established niche player in the fast-growing international companies sector

ZAI is one of London’s few corporate finance teams focussed on the needs of international clients

ZAI is a recognised name. We are well known for our proactive approach to developing the market for international clients

ZAI has a specialised ECM placing list: those Institutions that actually do invest in smaller quoted international companies

ZAI has a strong track record of successful fund raising for many international clients

ZAI has an experienced management team

“SEVEN SOLUTIONS” – ZAI’s unique multi-product corporate finance service


Fundraising and Clients

ZAI has a pre-eminent track record of bringing companies to the London market.

  • ZAI have led and participated in the following public offering activity:
        • 2010 8 IPOs , over £25.8m raised
        • 2008: 6 IPOs
    • 2 SPOs
        • 2007: 6 IPOs
      • In the last 4 years, we have led or participated in total fundraisings of over £222 million

Fundraising and Clients

ZAI --- a leading position in the AIM market

Source: London Stock Exchange

share price performance of 2010 ipo s
Share price performance of 2010 IPO’s

The companies we floated on AIM and Plus in 2010 achieved excellent overall

market performance

fundraising and clients

Clients by Region

Clients by Sector


Continental Europe


Far East (exc. China)


Fundraising and Clients

ZAI advises and raises funds for clients in a wide variety of sectors and regions.


fundraising and clients1
Fundraising and Clients

Our Clients cover several sectors and continents


Industrial Equity



Quoted Markets

Family, Friends,


Angel Investors


Employees and


Convertible Debt

their pension









Seven Solutions

ZAI as a 7-Solutions provider adopts the following approach for its clients:

  • We analyse the client’s business and corporate finance objectives;
  • We are up to date with regard to each of the 7 Solutions and their potential to help the client achieve his objectives;
  • We are capable of executing EACH of the 7 Solutions;
  • We consider ALL 7 Solutions and develop relevant live transaction possibilities from each solution category;
  • We can apply a “Dutch auction” type methodology, to maximise value;
  • We execute the best solution for our client

ZAI’s Unique Qualifications

ZAI is the only AIM specialist dedicated to International Companies

ZAI has a unique investor base: comprised of Institutions that specifically invest in “foreign”, i.e. non-UK shares, via the UK markets

The ZAI team completed the only successful FAST TRACK listing of a German company, combined with a successful Placing, i.e. we successfully raised capital for the Issuer

ZAI has a global distribution capability. ZAI has placed shares with European, Asian and American investors, as well as London-based investors

ZAI have a proactive strategy to promote AIM to small and medium-sized international companies


2007 Deal History

Note: MCap for ARMOR DESIGNS INC Depositary Interests / MCap for ARMOR DESIGNS INC for RegS shares


Corporate Finance Team

Ray Zimmerman – CEO

Ray is the Team leader, and formerly acted as the Managing Director responsible for the development of the international activities of Teather and Greenwood. He has over 30 years of experience (1979 – 2009) in the investment banking field, and was formerly the Head of Corporate Finance of (Sumitomo) Daiwa SMBC Europe, prior to which he was a Managing Partner of the French Merchant Bank Demachy Worms & Cie Finance, and the Managing Director of 3i CFI, the international corporate finance arm of the 3i Group.

He is a graduate of the Tulane Law School (Juris Doctorate 1984) and Seattle Pacific University (B.A. magna cum laude 1979).

Dominique Doussot – Director

Dominique has spent over 22 years working with major international banks (Bankers Trust Company and Banque Worms) where he has been active in most major areas of investment and commercial banking, including the acquisition, reorganization and management of several banking departments and institutions.

In 1994, he created his own corporate finance advisory firm in Singapore. In this capacity, Dominique has been involved in numerous start-up situations, mostly in Asia and Europe. He has also been involved in diverse large-scale (i.e. in excess of $300 million) financing projects.

A French national, Dominique is fully bilingual in English. He holds an MBA from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et d’Administration des Entreprises (1972).


Corporate Finance Team

Marc Cramsie

Marc has over 25 years of experience in Corporate Finance, starting with Kleinwort Benson, where he spent 15 years and was the Director in charge of their Smaller Companies Team.

Subsequently he spent 8 years at Singer & Friedlander, then an independent quoted UK merchant bank, as Head of Corporate Finance. He then joined KPMG as a Partner in their London Corporate Finance Department, where he specialised in the consumer markets and retail sector. More recently Marc has specialised in the oil and gas sector and in AIM flotations, as a partner in a boutique advisory firm acquired by Ambrian Capital. He joined ZAI corporate finance in 2010.

Marc has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

John Depasquale

John commenced his career with the London Stock Exchange working in the New Issues Department. He was involved in all regulatory aspects of companies on the Official list and AIM.

He worked for ten years as a Director at Seymour Pierce Limited. He has led numerous transactions, including IPO’s, fundraisings on AIM and the Official List and several takeovers.

John joined ZAI Corporate Finance in 2010 and is qualified executive for the purposes of the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.


Corporate Finance Team

Sarang Shah

Sarang joined ZAI Corporate Finance in March 2010. Prior to joining, Sarang worked in corporate finance at WH Ireland Ltd where he advised on a range of transaction including flotations, takeovers, acquisitions and fundraisings primarily on the AIM Market.

Prior to this Sarang worked at PLUS Markets as a Regulatory Analyst advising and regulating both corporate advisers and companies on PLUS.

Sarang has a BSc in Banking & Finance from Cardiff University.

Irina Lomova

Irina joined the ZAI team in January 2007, first as ZAI’s representative in Moscow and later in London. Prior to joining, Irina worked in CJSC Finexpertiza – Capital, a corporate finance arm of Finexpertiza, top 5 Russian accounting firm. Prior to her move into corporate finance division she spent 2 years in Finexpertiza as an auditor.

Irina has a BSc in Finance & Credit from the Russian Economic Academy with honours (The Plekhanov Academy) and completed a 2-year Graduate Programme qualifying as an “Economist-Interpreter”.

Irina has Russian Accounting Standards auditor’s license and a broker/dealer qualification Certificate 1.0 by Russian Federal Service for Financial Markets.


Sales Team

Paul Backhouse

Paul has more than 30 years experience in the finance industry, beginning in research, where he became a top ranked analyst, and subsequently sales. He has held directorship positions at Swiss Bank Corporation, Williams de Broe PLC, Premier Equity Ltd, Corporate Synergy and VSA Capital. Paul has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. Further professional qualifications include; FSA registered, Member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

Chris Mantel - Institutional Sales

Chris is a sales executive with 30 years’ experience of selling equities to UK and European institutions. He has held senior sales positions at Buckmaster and Moore, Capel-Cure Myers, and Sheppards. He also served in the Royal Green Jackets where he achieved the rank of Major.

Charles Laughton

Charles was educated at Marlborough College and subsequently obtained a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Exeter. Since then he moved in to private client stock broking where he has been FSA approved for four years. Charles has extensive experience and knowledge of AIM companies.

Ye Zhang

Over 10 years of experience in certified public accounting firms. Chinese CPA qualified with excellent communication skills and abilities to deal with customers in Chinese listed companies. Ye is familiar with Chinese commercial environment and culture.

Ye is a graduate of Birmingham City University with a MSC degree in Accounting and Finance. Ye also has a study on British culture and commercial environment, and now is experiencing the British culture and commercial environment having joined ZAI in August 2011.


Contact Details

  • ZAI Group
  • 177 Regent St
  • London W1B 4JN
  • United Kingdom
  • Ray Zimmerman
  • Ph: +44 (0)20 7060 2220
  • Fax: +44 (0)20 7060 2218
  • E-mail: rayz@zaicf.com
  • Dominique Doussot
  • Ph: +44 (0)20 7060 2220
  • Fax: +44 (0)20 7060 2218
  • E-mail: dominiqued@zaicf.com
  • Website: www.zaicf.com