Dorothée Dembiermont

Co-founder

Dorothée is a founding partner of Voltaire and is primarily focused on property located in the UK and specialises in both developments and site acquisitions ranging in size from £3m to £800 million. Dorothée has experience with mixed-use developments, prime residential, and numerous hotel projects. She also arranged funding for the acquisition of substantial sites in London.

Dorothée has arranged numerous investments packages including industrial, retail and leisure portfolios. Over the past few years, she has been particularly active in the fields of student accommodation and social housing arranging both debt and equity for private companies and listed funds.

She began her career in real estate with a prominent London real estate broker. 

Dorothee graduated from ISC business school in Paris.

dorothee@voltairefinancial.com


James Thomlinson CeCM

Co-founder

James is a founding partner of Voltaire with a background in arranging complex real estate transactions. For a number of years James specialised in arranging structured investment facilities for requirements across all asset classes.

During the last few years James has increased his focus on facilitating equity injections into both development and investment transactions – often as part of arranging the entire capital structure. He arranges finance on behalf of some of the most dynamic mid-sized developers in London and throughout the country using his strong relationships with a broad range of senior, stretched-senior and mezzanine lenders.

James began his career in real estate finance with CLP Structured Finance where he placed both investment and development requirements. Immediately prior to the formation of Voltaire James was valued for achieving significant success for clients throughout the downturn.

James received a BA degree in Politics with Economics from Loughborough University and has a Certificate in Commercial Mortgages.

james@voltairefinancial.com


Andrew Hosford

Director - Head of Bridging

For over two years Andrew has been responsible for short term and bridging finance via the dedicated Voltaire Bridging offering.

Andrew has developed key partner status relationships with a select number of mainstream short term lenders. In addition he has access to a suite of private and family office sources enabling him to assist with the most complex of requirements. Andrew has been recognised by a variety of industry bodies as being one of the leading brokers of short term finance in the marketplace.

Prior to joining Voltaire Andrew spent 6 years advising on the launches of multi-million pound leisure businesses in London and around the UK.

Andrew received a BA and a BSc degree from the University of Leeds.

andrew@voltairefinancial.com


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TONY WHETSTONE

DIRECTOR – HEAD OF SPECIAL SERVICES

Tony has day to day responsibility for managing the special services division within Voltaire following its takeover of W2 Financial Solutions Ltd in early 2018.

Tony spent the first c30 years of his working life developing a distinguished career in the property finance area. He worked for leading organisations in the City including UK clearing and other international banks, merchant and investment houses, eventually becoming Head of Property for the National Australia/Yorkshire/Clydesdale Group of Companies. He has vast experience of direct property lending and co investment with all types of clients and organisations and at all points on the risk curve.

He left banking in 2007 to develop W2 which achieved notable success throughout its 10 year history. During this time, Tony was instrumental in driving the business to become a market leading property debt advisory business, providing strategic guidance to a range of prestigious clients including banks and insurance companies, offshore tax structured unit trust vehicles, quoted and unquoted UK companies and the UK Govt. Engagements have included complex debt and equity restructurings, dispute resolution services, lender portfolio workouts to more general holistic financial support for well-known overseas family offices.

Tony has been engaged in transactions from a few million to over £1bn throughout his career and is recognised as one of the leading lights and authorities in the UK property finance arena. He is a qualified banker at ACIB status, an early founding member of the Association of Property Lenders and an active member of the Investment Property Forum.  Given his extensive knowledge of the property finance sector, he is regularly asked to provide expert witness and attestation services and has been involved in some of the most high profile UK legal cases.

tony@voltairefinancial.com


Brian Dunk

Consultant

Brian retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in April 2011 having spent over 25 years advising HNW and UHNW individuals on taxation matters. Before joining PwC he spent 10 years at HMRC where he worked on the administration of Inheritance tax at the Capital Taxes Office and subsequently at Head Office where his responsibilities included advising Government ministers in relation to capital gains tax policy matters.

Brian regularly features in the Citywealth Top 10 Leading Accountants awards. His particular areas of expertise include:

  • General capital tax planning (CGT and IHT)
  • Planning for non UK domiciled residents
  • Offshore trust planning
  • Planning for tax efficient private company sales
  • Use of financial instruments and structured products for individuals
  • Brian has an in depth knowledge of the various ways in which efficient tax structures can be applied to, and benefit, real estate transactions and ownership structures.

brian@voltairefinancial.com


Colin Jones

Consultant

A career banker with 30 years’ experience of providing property finance loans, including investment and development facilities.

Colin commenced his career in 1979 with HSBC where he spent 7 years in various clerical positions gaining general banking experience. In 1986 he left to join the specialist property funder, First National, where he spent 11 years providing investment and development loans. 

He has subsequently held various senior property finance positions including: Head of Property Finance at Israel Discount Bank, Head of Development Finance at Bradford & Bingley and New Business Director at specialist development finance lender BLG.

Colin has a wealth of experience in the sector, including mezzanine and equity situations for property developments.

colin@voltairefinancial.com


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Daniela Sevelius

Analyst

Daniela joined Voltaire Financial in June 2017 and primarily assists the partners with the analysis and financial modelling of prospective transactions.

With a background in property through a family business in development and investment, Daniela has gained experience in the industry from a young age. Daniela worked in real estate sales and marketing in Miami where after she managed her family portfolio in Finland. Prior to joining Voltaire Financial, she raised finance for a boutique property developer in west London. 

Daniela graduated with a Master’s degree in Management from Cass Business School and a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Business from the University of Miami.

daniela@voltairefinancial.com