Founders - Paul Slattery

Paul Slattery is a co-founder and director of Otus & Co.
He worked for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein ("DrKW") for 15 years until 2002. Until 1998 he worked in Global Equities where he was head of Hospitality research. He established the industry presence of DrKW and built its hospitality reputation as one of the market leaders among stockbrokers. His prime responsibilities were the analysis of hospitality companies, the publication of investment research on the companies and the provision of investment advice to financial institutions. He developed and managed teams of investment analysts who were usually voted in the top three in the sector. Paul created a database of the global hotels of quoted companies, which provides unique analyses of the strategic opportunities for hotel chains and his annual book on Quoted Hotel Companies as well as analyses of restaurant companies became sources of record in the hospitality and investment industries.

In 1998 he joined Corporate Finance at DrKW and from 2000 worked alongside Simon Read to develop the bank's franchise in the hospitality and travel arena. In this role he undertook strategic research on the hospitality industry and its companies as well as advising companies on mergers and acquisitions. Since he joined, DrKW has advised on a range of hospitality transactions for companies such as Compass Group, Scandic Hotels, Thompson Travel Group and Whitbread. Of particular note, Paul, together with Simon Read, advised Compass Group in 2000/2001 on its disposal of the Forte hotel brands, the largest ever hotel chain auction.

Paul has been a non-executive director at Taylor Nelson Sofres Hospitality and Leisure, the premier market information company for the global hospitality industry, and HLR Associates, the recruitment consultants for the international hospitality industry.

Early in his career, Paul worked for several international hospitality companies including Trust House Hotels, Canadian Pacific and The Rank Organisation. He also spent time as an academic at Huddersfield University in England where he ran the BA Honours Hotel and Catering Administration and was responsible for management research at the Hotel and Catering Research Centre.

He has an undergraduate degree in Hotel and Catering Management and an MSc by research from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is a Fellow of the Hotel and Catering International Management Association. Paul writes regularly for academic and industry publications and is in frequent demand to speak at international hospitality industry conferences. Paul is the visiting Professor of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University and Chairman of The International Hotel Investment Council.

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