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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.

Our clients are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and experience: students seeking a career in finance; business executives wanting to improve their overall understanding of financial markets; investors keen to enhance their trading capabilities; and anyone with a desire to increase their knowledge of modern financial markets.

Our core courses, all of which are designed in conjunction with our clients in order to match their precise training requirements, range from an Investment Banking Masterclass to our one- to-one Trading Skills Workshop and Professional Skills for Students Program. Other seminars and workshops focus on specialist areas of particular interest selected by our clients. Courses take place either in our central London office close to The Ritz Hotel or in a location convenient to you.

Students and business school graduates considering a career in investment banking and finance will find Instructus' courses invaluable in identifying the most appropriate roles to target and in ensuring that they are fully informed ahead of the highly competitive graduate application and interview processes. Our courses for students also include intensive Interview Training and Professional Business Skills Workshops.

Corporate executives looking to refresh and update their knowledge of financial markets and the components of investment banking should consider our intensive one or two-day courses, tailored to cover all the key issues and inter-relationships governing the operation of global capital markets.

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


“International students hoping to work within London's financial services industry need to attend one of these workshops. It will certainly help my employment prospects.

- Overseas student, Cass Business School

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