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Matthew Ponsonby

Head of Global Banking | UK

BNP Paribas

London, UK


Matthew Ponsonby
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Matthew Ponsonby’s Biography

Matthew Ponsonby is Head of Global Banking at BNP Paribas in the UK. He has extensive experience in the corporate field and in-depth expertise on investment banking, equity markets and mergers and acquisitions. Over a career that spans more than three decades, Matthew has been influential in numerous transactions worth more than £350 billion including some of the largest transactions that have taken place across the EMEA region.

As Head of UK Corporate Banking in the Corporate and Institutional Banking unit at BNP Paribas, Matthew is responsible for overseeing the corporate business of the group and for leading its expansion in the UK by working with corporates and subsidiaries of multinationals in the country. The United Kingdom is identified as one of the main European markets for BNP Paribas and the Bank has been unwavering in its commitment to its UK client base.

Before his appointment at BNP Paribas, Matthew was Vice Chairman of Banking and Co-Global Chief Operating Officer at Barclays, where he was instrumental in developing their banking franchise across Europe, having built...
Matthew Ponsonby is Head of Global Banking at BNP Paribas in the UK. He has extensive experience in the corporate field and in-depth expertise on investment banking, equity markets and mergers and acquisitions. Over a career that spans more than three decades, Matthew has been influential in numerous transactions worth more than £350 billion including some of the largest transactions that have taken place across the EMEA region.

As Head of UK Corporate Banking in the Corporate and Institutional Banking unit at BNP Paribas, Matthew is responsible for overseeing the corporate business of the group and for leading its expansion in the UK by working with corporates and subsidiaries of multinationals in the country. The United Kingdom is identified as one of the main European markets for BNP Paribas and the Bank has been unwavering in its commitment to its UK client base.

Before his appointment at BNP Paribas, Matthew was Vice Chairman of Banking and Co-Global Chief Operating Officer at Barclays, where he was instrumental in developing their banking franchise across Europe, having built the EMEA M&A franchise as Co-Head of European M&A. Prior to Barclays, Matthew held senior positions during his 11 years at Citigroup, including Head of European Utilities, Head of the Advisory Group in Japan, and Global Head of Infrastructure Investment Banking. In his earlier career, Matthew worked at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, now Deutsche Bank, and Andersen Consulting, now Accenture.

Philanthropically, Matthew is a Member of the Corporate Partnerships Board of GOSH, the UK’s leading children’s research hospital. The board has a key role within the charity in bringing together senior leaders from across the business community. It leverages its networks to secure long-term, mutually beneficial, strategic partnerships.

He graduated from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology with a First Class degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy.
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Matthew Ponsonby’s Newsfeed

Thousands of pounds raised for charity after North Atlantic row

Matthew Ponsonby and Giles Johnson have completed an incredible row across the North Atlantic Ocean, raising thousands of pounds for several charities and potentially breaking a world record.

Financial News London
Inside BNP Paribas’ UK dealmaking push: ‘No excuses’

When Matthew Ponsonby set out a five-year plan to grow BNP Paribas’ UK investment banking business in 2020, he decided on a code-name: ‘no excuses’.

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Matthew Ponsonby’s Background

BNP Paribas
Head of Global Banking | UK
Oct 2017 - Present
London, UK
BNP Paribas, founded in France in 1848, is an investment bank and international financial services provider for corporate and institutional clients. Matthew oversees the corporate business of the group and steers its expansion in the United Kingdom. He is responsible for the strategy and management of the Investment Bank as well as some of the larger client relationships in EMEA.
 
Barclays PLC
Vice Chairman & Co-Global COO of Banking
Sep 2009 - 2017
London, UK
Barclays is a British multinational bank that is headquartered in London. Matthew joined Barclays as their Co-Head of M&A EMEA and to build that function in the region, he was then made MD, COO of Investment Banking & Head of M&A for the EMEA region. Matthew most recently served as Vice Chairman and Co-Global COO of Banking.
 
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Matthew Ponsonby’s Gallery

Philanthropy

Great Ormond Street Hospital
Fundraiser
Jun 2023 - Present
London, UK
In the summer of 2023 Matthew Ponsonby rowed the North Atlantic from Newfoundland to Ireland, a distance of some 1,641 nautical miles. Over £111,000 was raised and donated to GOSH's new Children's Cancer Centre. To make a donation, please click on the link above to access Matthew's JustGiving page.
 
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Member of the Corporate Partnerships Board
London, UK
Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is the UK’s leading children’s research hospital and one of the top five centres of excellence for paediatrics in the world. It has experts across a range of over 50 paediatric specialties and treat children with rare, complex and life-threatening conditions. The charity helps fund research, medical equipment, support projects and accommodation.
 

Media

Financial Times
Can BNP Paribas beat the investment banking jinx?
London, UK
The Financial Times explores the question, can BNP Paribas beat the investment banking jinx?
 
Financial Times
BNP Paribas seizes Brexit opportunity to boost UK operation
London, UK
Written by the Financial Times, the article discusses how BNP Paribas has seized the benefits of Brexit to boost its UK operation.
 
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Awards & Recognition

Ocean Rowing Society International
Jul 2023
In July 2023 Matthew completed a 36-day row across the North Atlantic, raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. His expedition has been recognised by the Ocean Rowing Society International (ORSI) as only the 38th such voyage ever to be completed. The OSRI is the official adjudicator of ocean rowing and all human-power open-water exploration. Click on the link for further information.
 

Matthew Ponsonby’s Education

University of Manchester
Materials Science and Metallurgy | First Class
1985 - 1987

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