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Derek Soper - IAA Founder

Derek Soper

Derek Soper

Derek Soper brings more than five decades of experience in global leasing and asset finance, banking and financial services to IAA-Advisory. Few can match his breadth and depth of expertise: this has been recognised by the leasing and asset finance industry with Derek being named on 'Most Influential' lists in Europe & China.

Derek has worked with companies at all stages of development and maturity: He has launched and managed both start-ups and established leasing and financing companies in Europe and Asia-Pacific. He has successfully navigated the complex world of mergers and acquisitions; and the subsequent re-engineering and consolidation of business operations. He has extensive experience of structured finance, project and taxbased funding activities as well as substantial vendor financing knowledge.

Derek is the founding director of many successful leasing companies, including AT&T Capital in Europe and Asia, and the leasing subsidiaries of Barclays, Kleinwort Benson and the Midland Bank. He has wide-ranging contacts and keen industry intelligence built through decades of networking with the top executives in the international banking and leasing industry.

Derek served as Chairman of UK Equipment Leasing Association (now the Finance and Leasing Association). He was a member of the Council of Leaseurope; the Industry Future Council of the Equipment and Leasing and Finance Association of America; and the Finance House Association of Hong Kong. Derek is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors and a Freeman of the City of London.

Derek returned to the UK from Hong Kong in 1998 and established International Advisory Associates, now IAA-Advisory, where he now serves as ‘Founder’. Immediately prior to his return from Hong Kong established a network of companies for AT&T Capital in China, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Singapore. He has served as an advisor to the boards of several large financial institutions and banks. He is a joint founder of the Captives Forum and the Leasing Foundation; a Patron of the AFPATrust, and joint author of 'The Leasing Handbook' published by McGraw Hill and ‘Leasing Deconstructed’ published by Grosvenor House.


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