Searching for excellence across the global financial industry.

Working in partnership with our clients to help define their strategic goals, requires specific industry and product expertise. We invest significant time and resource in building our knowledge to provide unique solutions on a global basis. Solutions that are derived through decades of delivering exceptional levels of research combined with best of class execution.

We actively push the paradigms of traditional search methodology. From developing new technology tracking key performers, to setting new standards on market intelligence. Our clients gain visibility to the very best talent, and through a generic understanding of their culture, have confidence in us to execute their strategies. We have subsequently built a reputation of trust and continue to win repeat business with the same clients from inception. Paramount to our business is the central belief that our clients’ success is linked directly to the quality of service we provide them.

Through our core search business we have a unique insight into the markets and product areas in which we operate. Our global network gives us access to granular and often sensitive information on a daily basis. This information assists clients to drive their strategies and position their businesses in a market environment which is both challenging and on occasions, unchartered.

We are able to offer our clients a bespoke and detailed research product which is advanced, focused and directly relevant to their specific business requirements. We have a detailed understanding of organisational structures, revenues, client and product segmentation gained through our extensive network. Our approach is best characterised by an intensity of information gathering and a desire for precision.

Mantis Partners is committed to promote equality and diversity within the workplace. For every search we undertake on behalf of our clients we guarantee them candidate representation from diverse backgrounds. In those markets with statistically low representation, we ensure we go the extra mile and find diverse candidates from adjacent businesses with similar skill sets.

About our Product Coverage

Product Coverage



Structuring & Solutions

Research & Analytics

Portfolio Management

Asset Classes


Interest Rates


Foreign Exchange

Private Financing


Nick Kerrison

Nick Kerrison

Nick founded Mantis Partners in 2000. His key focus is delivering on senior level mandates across global equity markets covering both sell-side and buy-side firms. Prior to Mantis, Nick spent four years with another London based recruitment organisation. During that period he was responsible for building their equity derivative and buy-side search capability globally. He began his career as a bond trader in ‘95. Nick graduated in an upper second class honours degree in Finance.


Russell Clarke

Russell is a Partner and co-heads our global Fixed Income practise, with particular focus on Credit, Private Markets and Speciality Finance. He has a proven search track record since 1996 covering senior mandates on both the buy and sell side. His background of expertise crosses the value chain in credit, risk management and derivatives. Previously, Russell was a Partner and co-founded the Global Markets Fixed Income boutique Figtree Search. Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Information Systems.


Michael Werner

Michael joined Mantis Partners in 2023 as a Director with focus on equity markets and research globally. Previously, Michael was an Executive Director in Sheffield Haworth’s Markets practice having started his career in search at Rice & Dore Associates. Michael works with global investment banks and specialist boutiques as well as asset managers and hedge funds. Michael read Economics at Exeter College, Oxford University and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

Simon Head

Simon Head

Simon manages our FIC executive search business with a particular focus in FX markets. He has an extensive track record of completing senior capital markets mandates and has led search teams covering FX, fixed income, equities, and commodities. He was previously an MD and head of global markets at Pure Search for 9 years, and deputy MD head of fixed income at Correlate Search & Alexander Mann for nine years. He began his career in FX at Citi and JP Morgan. He has a MSc Economics from the University of London, a BA Hons in Economics & French and also studied Economics at Universite de Rennes I in France.

Cedric Plessier

Cedric Plessier

Cedric joined Mantis Partners in 2011 and is responsible for Cross Asset Solutions globally. Previously, Cedric was a Partner at MD Executive Search, where he built the firm’s Equity Derivatives practice. Prior to that, Cedric had a 10-year career as an Equity and Funds structurer and his latest role was at JP Morgan in 2009. Cedric holds a Master in Management from ESC Bordeaux.

Chris Winsley

Chris Winsley

Chris is responsible for Global Prime Finance at Mantis Partners including Delta1, Prime Distribution, Prime trading and Derivatives Execution & Clearing covering both Banks and Hedge Funds. He started his career in executive search in 2010 and has previously operated in other areas of the global markets space, including Credit & Rates. He holds a BSc in International Relations and an MA in Journalism.

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