We are a global team combining operators, investors and advisers with unparalleled sports, music and entertainment sector knowledge. We have collectively deployed in excess of $5bn of capital across these sectors. Get to know us better here.
Co-Founder & CEO
Previously co-founder of 23 Capital, a provider of capital and solutions exclusively to the sports, music and entertainment sectors, Stephen has deployed and advised on in excess of $3.5BN since 2014. Prior to 23 Capital, Stephen has also worked for IMG, SFX and on the Sydney Olympics. Stephen has been involved in the advise or structuring of transactions across endorsement, playing or appearance, intellectual property or finance for over 100 global sports, music & entertainment individuals or organisations.
Chief Financial Officer
James brings over 10 years’ experience in Finance and Corporate Development, most recently within Finance and Operations at 23 Capital. Prior to joining 23, James worked within the Finance and Development teams at Soho House & Co overseeing the long-term planning and corporate development activities of the group internationally and has worked in Finance and Operations roles at Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group.
MD, Structured Finance
Inigo has spent over 15 years in investment banking and corporate advisory, including at Jefferies, Lepe Partners and LongAcre Partners. Before joining Empowerment, Inigo led Westbourne Partners, a media-focused corporate advisory boutique.
MD, Capital Markets
Sreesha has over 17 years of experience in Capital Markets, including with Guggenheim Partners, Lehman Brothers, and UBS, and thus has strong relationships with all of our Capital providers. Additionally, Sreesha has held roles in sports journalism, covering the NHL, MLS, and USWNT.
Capital Markets Advisor
Chuma has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, M&A and private equity. He has spent time at Goldman Sachs, EMI Music, and a notable NY corporate pension fund. He is most recently the Managing Partner at Raxicon Private Capital Advisory and has strong global capital relationships. He also provides additional deal advisory to Empowerment. Chuma holds an MBA from NYU Stern and a CAIA designation.
As the Team Manager, Harri runs the operations and working flow of the team as a whole, as well as the PR, Marketing and IT for the business. Harri has spent a large portion of her career within the marketing teams at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and IMG.
Structured Finance Director
Toby started his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Investment Banking team working on over $10 billion worth of transactions across M&A, debt capital markets and equity capital markets. Before joining Empowerment, Toby was a Director at Westbourne Partners, and spent 3 years in the Corporate Development team at Cutting Edge Group.
Structured Finance Associate
Tom joined the Empowerment team with Inigo and Toby as previous members of Westbourne Partners. He was previously Assistant Manager at KPMG in the corporate finance advisory team covering the technology and media sector. Prior to joining the corporate finance advisory deal was part of the TMT team at KMPG. Tom is ACA qualified.
Structured Finance Associate
Satnam started his career in Corporate Finance at Deloitte in the Transaction Services team covering mid-market private equity and corporate transactions. Following this, he joined the Deal team at MV Credit, analysing European senior and subordinated private debt transactions. Prior to joining Empowerment, he was part of the Deal team at EQT Credit, a pan-European Private Debt Asset Manager.
US Music Origination
A 30 year industry veteran with exceptional experience in artist management, concert touring, music publishing and performing rights. Fully immersed in the US and UK music industry, spent 13 years at the helm of the global member acquisitions and development strategy at PRS for Music, launching and leading PRS in North America in 2016.