After working in London’s financial district as a business journalist for Bloomberg, Sky News, and BBC Television News, I saw how important it is for companies to be able to access the specialist expertise that helps them grow, reach strategic goals and performance targets, or survive internal/external turbulence. Some businesses are fortunate enough to already have this expertise in house, whereas others have to find it.

At Magnus Communications we have access to a highly qualified team of business consultants ready to work with your company. Between them they have decades of experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fundraising and business strategy. So, whether your company is a start-up or established, contact them here to arrange an initial consultation.

The Team

John May

John May is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is Managing Partner of City & Westminster Corporate Finance LLP, an FCA registered partnership. John is also chairman of the Small Business Bureau Limited and The Genesis Initiative Limited, both of which lobby the UK Parliament on behalf of small businesses. Since 1994, John has been the principal of his own chartered accountancy practice. From 1977 to 1994, he was a senior partner with what is now Crowe UK, where he spent eight years on the firm’s managing board and nine years as chairman of its Thames Valley offices. In his capacity as UK national marketing partner and head of its property consultancy division, John was a director of the company’s UK and international associations. He is currently a non-executive director of AIM listed Pires Investments Plc; Finance Director of Security Research Group PLC (AIM) until December 2005; Tomco Energy PLC (AIM) until July 2011, and non-executive director of Petrolatina Energy PLC (AIM) until March 2012. John is Executive Chairman of Red Leopard Holdings PLC (AIM) and was non-executive chairman of Hayward Tyler Group PLC (AIM).

Stuart J Adam

Stuart is Senior Partner of City & Westminster Corporate Finance LLP, an independent financial services partnership, headquartered in Mayfair, London, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Within City & Westminster he supervises on a diverse range of corporate finance transactions and also acts as Compliance and Money Laundering Officer. Stuart also currently acts as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Dukemount Capital Plc; Finance Director for Red Leopard Holdings plc; and Chief Financial Officer of ScoreTek Limited. Stuart has over 30 years’ experience as a professionally qualified Accountant and has worked in both the public and private sectors serving a broad range of clients and industries providing commercial and corporate advice, leverage on growth strategy, audit, accounting and financial reporting services, and implementing procedures, processes, compliance and controls. Stuart holds a Masters degree with honours from Glasgow University, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.


Chris Parr

Chris is a UK Solicitor of more than thirty years standing with extensive experience in international, commercial law, oil & gas exploration, industrial gases, chemicals, engineering, waste-to-energy, semiconductors and corporate finance. His legal specialties are commercial and corporate contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. Chris qualified in-house while working within Conoco (UK) Ltd and progressed as in-house counsel with John Brown Engineers, Air Products, Monsanto, Multiserv and ON Semiconductor. He was GC EMEA&A for Monsanto’s spin-out chemical company, Solutia; VP Legal Affairs (EMEA) for MultiServ and latterly, Regional Counsel, Asia, with ON Semiconductor. He has also spent time in private legal practice in London and with a London-based corporate finance boutique.  Chris’s career has taken him to many parts of the world including Japan, China/Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, India, Australia, the United States, Scandinavia and the EU. He has lived and worked in Belgium, France and Switzerland. Chris studied negotiation at Harvard Law School and is an accredited mediator through the London School of Mediation. He is a writer on legal and business subjects and a lecturer on JVs, contract drafting and negotiations.