Brian Bollen is a freelance writer, editor and media consultant. Based in the UK for the majority of the year, he specialises in international corporate finance in its widest range, from mergers and acquisitions to global custody and cash management. Brian spends 10-12 weeks each year in Switzerland, where he remains available for work throughout.
He has more than 32 years' experience in the world of international banking and financial journalism. A former full-time staff journalist with the Financial Times Group, since becoming freelance in late 1992 he has written for many leading titles including the Financial Times and related titles such as The Banker magazine.
Brian has also contributed regularly to Financial News, the London-based weekly newspaper for the international securities and investment banking markets, and its Private Equity News offshoot, Investment & Pensions Europe and Corporate Financier. He is consultant editor to www.assetman.net and related print titles, which specialises in the arcane world of securities services. The list of corporate clients over the same period features many top names in banking and elsewhere, as the range of subjects he covers continues to expand on a daily basis.
Brian is also an accomplished public speaker.
In his spare time, Brian has written the most comprehensive history to date of his home town football club, Airdrieonians FC, liquidated by KPMG on May 1 2002 (RIP) and since revived as Airdrie United FC.
Name: Brian Bollen.
Born: 22/2/57, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Position: Freelance writer, editor and media consultant, specialising in international finance. Since October 1992, clients have included: Financial Times, FT Newsletters, FT Management Reports, Union Bank of Switzerland, ING Barings, Baring Asset Management, ING Bank, Gartmore Investment Management, Bank of America, ABN Amro Hoare Govett, NatWest Markets, Euromoney, Euromoney Corporate Finance,Euromoney International Bond Investor, IBM/River Publishing, Freepages/Scoot.com, Halifax plc, Global Custody Review, GSCS Benchmarks, Financial News, The Banker, ANZ Bank, Real Time Financial Management, Hill & Knowlton/Bank of New York.
Previous:Writer and editor, Financial Times Group, 1984-92. Graduate development programme, Midland Bank International, 1979-84 (assistant to divisional management, monitoring the performance of Midland Bank International's direct investments abroad, and advising on acquisitions and disposals.
Education: Glasgow University, 1974-79, MA Hons (French); subsidiary subjects Hispanic Studies, Moral Philosophy, Social Administration.
Institute of Bankers 1979-83: completed banking exams and elected AIB (now ACIB). Elected Fellow of the ifs School of Finance in February 2007.
Journalism, Public Speaking, Switzerland, Running, Golf, Airdrieonians FC and Airdrie United.