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 several 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.