The team

Our team combines highly experienced senior bankers with expert corporate finance professionals.

Hines Associates Ltd. is led by its founder, Richard Hines. The team has many years of hands-on experience, advising clients at City and Wall Street banks and many other international financial services businesses.


Broad financial industry expertise, with specialisms in banking, insurance, wealth management, asset management, distribution and financial technology. Able to advise on buying and selling companies, raising capital, financing, corporate strategy, valuations and structuring family assets.

Richard Hines

Richard Hines

Richard is the founder. He has many years of experience in advising financial services clients on transactions and corporate strategy.


Prior to setting up Hines Associates, Richard was Managing Director at Citigroup’s Investment Bank and Co-Head for the European Insurance and Asset Management Groups. He trained as an accountant at PWC and worked at AT Kearney as Partner in their Insurance Practice, as a re-insurer at M&G Re and in various managerial positions at Prudential. Richard’s interests outside work include sports, tennis, fishing, shooting, cars, walking dogs and spending time in Cornwall.

T: +44 (0)20 7590 3072

M: +44 (0)7711 416 747

Hubert Brandts

Hubert Brandts

Hubert is a Partner at Hines Associates and joined the firm in 2003. Hubert has over 17 years of corporate finance experience, first at Schroders, then at Citigroup, where he was a member of the European Insurance Group with responsibility for German clients.


Before investment banking, he worked for Marakon Associates, an international strategy consulting firm. Hubert studied Economics at the LSE and graduated with an M.Sc. Outside work, Hubert enjoys running (anything less than marathon distance), and travelling with his family.

T: +44 (0)20 7590 3075

M: +44 (0)7770 496 632

Peter Smart

Peter Smart

Peter is a Partner at Hines Associates, re-joining in 2004 the team he had worked with as a Managing Director at Citigroup. He was a corporate financier at Schroders for 17 years, advising clients on M&A, capital raisings and providing general financial advice.


Two secondments to Hong Kong and Warsaw, the latter as co-head, provided valuable international perspective. At Hines, Peter works with clients in wealth management, asset management and general insurance. Outside, family, music and travel help re-charge the batteries.

T: +44 (0)20 7590 3077

M: +44 (0)7785 928 874

Jack Stewart

Jack Stewart

Jack is a Partner at Hines Associates. He joined the team in 2008 from Lehman Brothers and has over 14 years of corporate finance expertise.


He gained a D. Phil in law from Oxford University where he played rugby and tennis for the University. Outside work interests include tennis, skiing and music.

T: +44 (0)20 7590 3069

M: +44 (0)7796 185 303

Aleksey Kireenkov

Aleksey Kireenkov

Aleksey is a Vice-President at Hines Associates. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, he worked within the Financial Advisory Services Group at Houlihan Lockey.


Aleksey is a Russian-qualified lawyer and spent 4 years working at German law firm Beiten Burkhardt in Moscow. He holds an MBA from London Business School and an LLM from the University of Warwick. Aleksey enjoys keeping fit, travelling and spending time with his family.

T: +44 (0)20 7590 3073

M: +44 (0)7964 074 734

Benoit Guerin

Benoit Guerin

Benoit is a senior advisor at Hines Associates. He joined in 2009 from IMAS and has over 30 years’ corporate finance expertise.


His previous experience includes positions at Kleinwort Benson, N M Rothschild and ING Baring. He specialises in the investment and wealth management sectors.

T: +44 (0)20 7590 3068

M: +44 (0)7767 260 221