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About Invigors

Independent advisory partners and leasing consultants to the Equipment Finance community since 2005

INVIGORS

The Trusted Advisors to the Asset Finance Industry

Invigors provides a comprehensive range of advisory services uniquely focused on supporting organisations in the asset finance industry across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

We provide strategic insight with a practitioner’s eye, delivering real-world solutions. We enable leasing companies, manufacturers, service companies and the investment community to accelerate project delivery with confidence, minimising execution risks and overall costs. Our ‘principals only’ practice of market-leading experts all have deep domain knowledge and provide our clients with immediate impact.

Our services span the spectrum from strategic advisory through all the functional domain areas required for success in the asset finance world. We provide our clients with multi-disciplinary teams located across the EMEA region, and address everything from M&A support through to greenfield start up activities.

We pride ourselves on our partnering DNA and passion to work hand in hand with clients to co-develop solutions that fit their business long term. Our experts are acknowledged Thought Leaders in their fields and are helping businesses transform the asset finance industry, addressing topics from “Equipment as a Service” and “Pay per Use” solutions through to how best to address the new and emerging asset classes.

A Member Firm of The Alta Group Worldwide

We leverage this network to deploy wide-ranging complementary skills and to strengthen services to our international clients by providing global coverage.

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EUROPEAN & GLOBAL Coverage

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Paul Johnson-Ferguson


Executive Director, EMEA, France

Having studied French and Philosophy at Oxford University I joined Price Waterhouse in the City of London to train as a chartered accountant and to learn about “business”. On qualifying I moved to France with my family to join Shearson Lehman Hutton. A year later it became Lehman Brothers and I was appointed finance director of a French Bank with a Bond and Futures trading desk. I later moved with Lehman to Frankfurt to be CFO of their German Bank and discover equity derivatives and investment banking. 

But the call of Paris was too strong, and two years later I joined GE Capital as CFO of their French leasing business, which was buoyed by five major acquisitions. GE taught me rigorous finance processes, viewing leasing both from a finance and an operational perspective. After moving on into a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt role I spent many years running strategic business projects in the leasing and commercial finance space across Europe for GE. 

After the financial crisis I struck out on my own, setting up the French arm of Invigors: the calibre of the consultants in this focused, principals-only practice in the UK really attracted me at the time. Since then I have focused on advising clients across EMEA in the leasing and asset finance industry on operational excellence, providing market intelligence, supporting M&A activity, financial diagnostics of businesses and offering systems advisory support. I have a passion for driving transformational projects and delivering client value. 

Outside of work I sing in a choir, coach the local rowing squad and am honorary Treasurer for a charity.



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Nick Feasey


Executive Director, EMEA

After serving in the British Army in 1993 I left to study for a Management and Marketing degree. I then started my career in technology customer financing, initially with a small financing brokerage. This eventually led me to joining CIT (Newcourt at the time) as a vendor financier supporting the Dell programme.

I spent 10 years with CIT in several sales, sales leadership and program leadership roles on the Dell programme. This involved living in the UK, Dublin and latterly Singapore, running DFS Asia and attending the Advanced Leadership Program at Cranfield University. After CIT and Dell, I decided to work on the manufacturer side of vendor finance, returning to Europe to lead the setting up of Lenovo Financial Services in EMEA and Asia Pacific. As the market changed to a more outcome-based approach, I also became responsible for the development and rollout of Device as a Service (DaaS) and Pay-per-use models.

I joined Invigors in late 2019 after 11 years at Lenovo, to bring my vendor finance and ‘as a service’ knowledge and experience to new clients and industries. Outside of work, I live in south-west France with my family and – when I do get a bit of time off – I enjoy sailing and watching rugby.



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Kieran O’Brien


Executive Director, EMEA, Ireland

Having graduated with a business degree from the National University of Ireland in Galway, I joined PWC in Dublin as a trainee accountant. Once qualified I joined lessor Smurfit Finance: they subsequently created a new corporate bank in Ireland with Banque Paribas where I spent five years as chief accountant. I moved onto the Woodchester Group, working for several years in their insurance and leasing divisions in CFO roles. They were acquiring leasing portfolios in Ireland, the UK and then Portugal. I was part of the initial due diligence team on this latter acquisition and ended up as CFO based in Lisbon.  

After my three years in Portugal, I returned to Dublin to take on various financial and operational roles within Woodchester (which by now was part of GE Capital). GE introduced me to their rigorous Lean Six Sigma Black Belt programme, and completing it proved invaluable for then managing large strategic and systems projects. At the time Cisco were setting up their European captive finance operations: I joined as operations manager in Dublin, managing the set-up of captives and supporting operational infrastructure across ten countries in EMEA. I ended up spending 16 years with Cisco Capital as EMEA operations director and acting as board member of their EMEA capital entity boards.  

I joined Invigors in 2016, my focus being on advising clients in the leasing and asset finance industry on operational excellence, go to market country reviews, captive/vendor entity creation and offering systems advisory support. 

Outside of work, I play golf and I have an avid interest in reading, cooking and travel. I am also a long-suffering fan of my home county – the Mayo Gaelic football team, who last won the All-Ireland title in 1951! 



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Patrick Gouin


Executive Director, EMEA, France

I first studied Economics and Urbanism, going on to do an MBA at the ESSEC Business School in Paris. My working life started in strategic consulting, being based at various times out of Paris, Milan and Brussels. I settled back in Paris to advise Alcatel-Lucent’s Board on operational M&A activities, becoming General Manager of their components distribution division. A move to Digital Equipment (which was ultimately acquired by HP) placed me in the Deputy MD’s role for France before then being responsible for Digital Finance, their captive finance arm and a joint venture with De Lage Landen. This led me to joining DLL full time as their European General Manager for Tech Finance.

My return to strategic consulting came with my first term within The Alta Group (between 2003 and 2007). Société Générale drew me back into the corporate world for one last time, latterly as Global Head of Strategy and Business Optimization, and a member of their Management Committee for Equipment Finance, before re-joining The Alta Group through Invigors in 2019.

A common theme of my career has been visionary leadership of organisation change, recognised by receiving the Operating Model Innovation Award at Société Générale Equipment Finance in 2014. In the same year Leasing Life Magazine recognised me as an Ambassador of the European Leasing Industry, which is another passion of mine. I regularly speak on both at global industry events including Lease Europe, Captive Forum, Leasing Life and the EFLA.

These days I split my time between France and Spain, enjoying good food and wine with both my many contacts in the equipment finance world and several generations of Gouins.



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Ian Robertson


Executive Director, Worldwide Coverage, Switzerland

As a third generation engineer, I broke ranks early after graduating from Manchester and Cambridge universities, going into the world of international strategic consulting.  After a stint in finance for a large multinational in Switzerland and the UK, I finally saw the light and joined the asset finance world with the Dell programme.  From Dell and the other European CIT programmes, I left the UK and joined Siemens in their Munich HQ.  DLL followed, and after a period based in France, I moved to Eindhoven to lead the Asset Management and Remarketing function globally for the business. 

I now have the pleasure of working with a huge variety of businesses on a broad range of themes with clients from across the globe.  I take great pleasure from seeing businesses bring truly new ideas to life, with the opportunity of applying my commercial and risk perspectives alongside my engineer’s problem solving toolkit.   

I see the asset finance industry has a pivotal role to play in facilitating the ever more productive use of equipment by customers and society at large.  ESG trends around circular business models as well as optimising equipment lifecycles is driving real change for both end customers and OEMs, and I’m delighted to be able to play a part in this. 

Outside of work I am passionate about sport and exercise, these days participating mainly in cycling and skiing, and thoroughly enjoy sharing these interests with my wife and family.