Mr. Paul McGuinness served as an Associate at 4th Level Ventures. He graduated from UCD with a B.Comm in 1995 and then completed a Masters in Accountancy in 1996. He then qualified as an ACA with Arthur Andersen in Dublin working mainly in the Audit and Business Advisory department. On qualification in 1999 he moved to London and worked with Salomon Smith Barney in their Financial Institutions Group, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. In that role he worked on some major UK transactions including the acquisition by Amvescap plc. of Perpetual plc. He has also has significant experience in international M&A having worked on the disposal of Schroders Japan Limited to CSFB, the acquisition of Grand Pacific (a Taiwanese fund manager) by Amvescap plc. and ING's bid for a division of a major Japanese bank. He has also spent 6 months with the Salomon Smith Barney Energy, Mining and Infrastructure team in Australia. The work there included issuance of both debt and equity securities in Mount Isa Mining and Anaconda Nickel to international investors and work on the financial restructuring of a major power plant in Victoria. Paul returned to Ireland in October 2003 and has taken a role within the 4th Level Ventures team.