With five decades of success in global leasing and asset finance, Derek Soper’s breadth of experience and expertise in the sector is virtually unrivalled.
During his career, he has founded and nurtured leasing companies for landmark names such as AT&T, Barclays, Kleinwort Benson and Midland Bank. By the time he left AT&T Capital to retire in 1997, it had a portfolio of over €1bn.
Today, 13 years after supposedly taking a rest, Derek is still making waves.
To many, he is known for consultancy work with the Alta Group, whose European arm he launched after his career at AT&T, and which he chaired until 2009.
Today he is chairman of International Advisory Associates, an international leasing strategic consultancy, and a non-executive director at Grant Thornton, one of the fastest growing presences in asset finance.
He has chaired the UK Equipment Leasing Association (now the FLA), as well as serving on Leaseurope’s council, the industry future council of ELFA in the USA, and the Finance House Association of Hong Kong.
He is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors, and a Freeman of the City of London. Outside of the business environment, Soper is an avid traveller, and enjoys skiing and shooting. As if that wasn’t enough, he has been a supporting pillar in the growth of UK charity Cancer Journey.
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