Justin Willmott joined the underwriting team at Sovereign in 2014, and is based in Bermuda. He focuses on both traditional political risk and sovereign credit transactions, as well as a number of new product development initiatives.
Justin has spent most of his career within the financial markets, working as an investment analyst, advisor and portfolio manager. His primary specialisation is private equity, although he has also advised and managed capital in the public equity, real estate, debt and commodity asset classes.
Justin joined Sovereign having co-founded an aquatic resources focused private equity and corporate finance advisory firm, Oceanis Partners Limited. Prior to Oceanis, he co-managed an emerging markets private equity portfolio for the Dubai headquartered Legatum Group, a multi-billion dollar principal investment group funded by one of the world’s most successful emerging market investors. Justin joined Legatum from Morgan Stanley where he advised Gulf based family offices and institutions, transacting across all major asset classes and markets. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked for a branch of the Saudi Arabian royal family and was based sequentially in Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the US.
Justin completed an MBA in finance at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, where he was awarded the Roland Berger Prize. He graduated from the University of Durham in 1999, earning a BSc. degree in the Natural Sciences. Justin speaks French, as well as basic Arabic and German.