Investment Team

Energy Private Equity Funds

 

Individual: 

Jeff Corray

Managing Director
Head of Energy Private Equity

E-mail  |  Tel: +44 122 465-5919

Jeff Corray

Jeff Corray joined Simmons & Company, Energy Specialists of Piper Jaffray in 2013 bringing with him more than 20 years of international oil and gas industry experience, including leading a private equity owned business and significant knowledge in M&A transactions. In 1987, Corray joined KPMG and went on to become partner, running their oil services M&A business until 2007. Following this he was appointed as chief executive officer of ITS Energy Services, an international provider of drilling equipment and services, a post he held until June 2012.

Corray graduated in economics from the National University of Malaysia and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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Eddie Leigh

Managing Director
Energy Private Equity

E-mail  |  Tel: +44 122 465-5910

Eddie Leigh

Eddie Leigh joined Simmons & Company, Energy Specialists of Piper Jaffray in 1999 as a director of the team that founded Simmons' Aberdeen headquartered Eastern Hemisphere business. From 1992 to 1999 Leigh worked with RMD, a Scottish headquartered and independent accounting and corporate finance practice, latterly as a partner specialising in transactions in the oil & gas sector.

Leigh graduated from Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in business studies in 1987 and in 1990 qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working at Coopers & Lybrand. After 13 years as a managing director within corporate finance, Leigh joined Simmons private equity in October 2016.

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Jason Smith

Director
Energy Private Equity

E-mail  |  Tel: +44 122 465-5923

Jason Smith

Jason Smith joined Simmons & Company, Energy Specialists of Piper Jaffray in 2014 after seven years with Lime Rock Partners in its Aberdeen office. At Lime Rock, Smith worked with a broad-range of oilfield service and technology companies where primary responsibilities included investigating investment opportunities, investment execution and portfolio company support and monitoring. Prior to that, Smith was with Simmons corporate finance for six years working with a range of corporate (public and private) private equity sponsors and entrepreneurial management teams across the oilfield services sector.

Smith graduated from Robert Gordon’s Business School with an honours degree in business studies and is a Scottish Chartered Accountant. Smith joined SPE for Fund II and his primary roles are deal evaluation, deal execution and portfolio management.

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Gavin Loudfoot

Associate
Energy Private Equity

E-mail  |  Tel: +44 122 465-5942

Gavin Loudfoot

Gavin Loudfoot graduated with honors from the University of Strathclyde with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and finance. Following graduation, he spent three years with PwC’s Assurance division during which he was involved in the external audit of a range of clients in the energy, technology and financial services sectors.

Loudfoot qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) in August 2014 and subsequently joined Simmons & Company International, Energy Specialists of Piper Jaffray, where he gained extensive corporate finance experience on buy-side, sell-side and finance-raising mandates before joining SPE in March 2016, where his primary roles are deal evaluation, deal execution, portfolio management and investor relations. Loudfoot is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA U.K. Society.

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