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Founded in 2011, Instructus Markets offers a new approach to financial education with access to our highly experienced team of investment bank and hedge fund managers. Now in partnership with a leading Global Hedge Fund and with courses run from our board room in London's St James's, we aim to bring a new level of credibility and expertise to the market. With a broad scope of clients from corporate partners to undergraduate students, we aim to impart our extensive knowledge of the financial markets to enhance that of our clients in the hope of building up long term relationships across our divisions.

Our Team

Instructus believes that experience counts, and our team includes a number of former investment banking and markets executives who have served in a variety of senior roles in the industry as both practitioners and managers. All the members of our team also have long standing experience of interviewing students as part of the annual investment banking graduate 'milk round' and of training and mentoring graduate trainees once they have been hired. We are now able to deploy our collective and varied experience on your behalf, whatever your precise training needs may be.

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Our Story

Founded in 2011 by four experienced investment banking professionals, Instructus is committed to demystifying financial markets and to navigating participants in our courses through the complexities of the modern financial world.

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We are partnered with several leading financial institutions, Frank Investments, the hedge fund that Graham manages here in London, Libra Investment Services, Olivetree Financial and Cantor Fitzgerald. Please contact us for any further details you may require on these firms.

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The Team

Graham Smith

Graham began his career as a trader at Smith Barney in 1996 before joining Citigroup as Managing Director of European trading and subsequently Unicredit as Global Head of Trading and Sales Trading. Graham now runs Trafalgar Capitals Pan European hedge fund, with whom Instructus are in partnership. Read more

Giles Johnston

Giles began his career on the Stock Exchange floor in 1986, trading for Nat-West markets. Following this he joined Deutsche Bank and then Citigroup where he was Managing Director responsible for Energy trading. Read more

Paul Thompson

Paul has over 30 years' experience in the UK, European and global equities markets as an investment analyst, equity salesman and senior manager. His career has included periods as Head of Institutional Clients at HSBC Investment Bank, COO of EMEA Equities at Citigroup and, latterly, as Deputy CEO of Oriel Securities, the independent UK equities stockbroker. Read more

Nick Gardner

Nick graduated from Edinburgh University in 2010 with a degree in business and finance. He joined Unicredits equity team later that year where he was fast tracked to trading his own sector at the age of 25. Read more


“Excellent, exceeded expectations. Covered a broad variety of topics”

- Student, University of Bath Investment Club

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