Who we are…

Sionic Advisors is a leading provider of consulting, technology and transformation services dedicated solely to the financial services industry. With offices and subsidiaries in New York, Toronto and London, Sionic Advisors has the requisite footprint to support all its clients’ domestic and international business needs. We work hard for our clients on strategic, operational, regulatory and organisational challenges – they value our honest, objective advice in delivering well defined and tailored solutions to their unique business needs.

Ken Bigelow

Managing Partner

Experienced operational executive with hands-on experience leading technology, operations, and compliance functions for institutional banking and capital markets businesses across a broad set of asset classes. A global CIO successfully implementing projects supporting front, middle, back office functions for fixed income, equity trading, structured finance, commercial lending, and asset management.

Joseph Buonpastore

Managing Partner

Over 25 years’ experience in capital markets Compliance and Operations, spanning a broad range of asset classes and functional areas. His work has included regulatory reviews and remediation projects, where he has served as the liaison for banks and broker dealers to with regulators, SROs and exchanges including FINRA, SEC, CFTC, NFA, FRB, CME and NYSE. In addition to Joe’s Compliance and regulatory work he served as the Operations Manager for banks and Broker Dealers and has led large scale change initiatives such as processing system implementations and conversions.

Diane Cenci

Managing Partner

Senior Operations and Finance Executive with 25+ years in financial services. Experience across a broad range of asset classes, with a proven track record of providing both tactical and strategic solutions for the business, while maintaining a robust control framework. Experience managing large global teams and small groups of subject matter experts.

Christopher M. Crowe

Managing Partner

A strategic advisor to global financial institutions in Europe, Canada and the US.   Chris provides guidance on investment processes, leadership on implementing financial regulation, compliance programs,  as well as transparency on risk, operational control, and cost reduction opportunities.   A strategic and “hands-on” consultant for transformational projects with results achieved in capital markets, wealth, retail banking, operations of international sites, and leading-edge bank-wide solutions.

Joseph Denci

Managing Partner

Senior Operations Executive with broad business, regulatory and managerial experience in leading financial services firms through significant organizational change. A professional project manager with unparalleled business, process, industry and product knowledge. Respected for completing cross departmental projects that increase operational efficiency, improve risk management, strengthen operational control and reduce costs.

Xavier Pujos

Managing Partner

Started his career as an Interest Rates Derivatives trader with Paribas Paris. Went on to become head of the FX trading team. After 8 years of trading, Xavier took part in the creation of the Market Risk department where he was in charge of Fixed Income Market Risk teams as well as the London platform across all Capital Markets products. Upon the merger of BNP and Paribas, Xavier came back into Fixed Income Front Office as Deputy COO, and from 2009 had a CFO / CRO role, managing Funding, Capital, Balance Sheet, Transfer Pricing Agreements and a comprehensive Regulatory Implementation Program for Fixed Income worldwide.

Craig Sher

Managing Partner

A Chartered Accountant in the UK with 15+ years of Capital Markets experience. He has lived and worked in London, Chicago and New York working for Mizuho and WestLB in various financial and product control roles.  Craig partners with our clients to develop and deliver solutions addressing operational, technology and regulatory challenges.

Harjinder Sidhu

Managing Partner

A strategic advisor providing industry best practice advice for process reengineering, for all Capital Markets functions “after the trade is executed” with a particular emphasis on change created by regulation. Harjinder has lead several organizations to implement industry best practices for process re-engineering of product flows from trade entry through accounting. Products included TBA’s, Prime, Sub-prime and Alt-A mortgages, credit card debt, auto loans, FX, MM, loan & deposits, SWAPs, bonds, repo, OTC options, MBSe.  knowledge including IMPACT/BPS, SAP, ATLAS, SUMMIT, MUREX, Calypso, Midas, and OPICS.

Pino Vallejo

Managing Partner

Hands on Operations Executive with a proven track record delivering automation across organizations while maintaining full control and security over processes and alignment to Federal Reserve, SEC and NASD regulations. Solutions delivered within bilateral and syndicated loans, Global Trade Finance, Corporate Finance, Structured Finance, and Global Treasury supporting FX, Derivatives, Futures, US & International equities, US & International Fixed Income, Mortgage Backed Securities, Repo Trading, CO2 trading, Money Markets, and Electronic Cash Management.

Christian McGuinness

Principal

With 20+ years of consulting within financial and business sectors Christian has been fortunate to have helped successfully deliver a broad range of local and global initiatives – in management, subject matter, communication or strategic roles with best practice communication, documentation, compliance, training and mobilisation expertise.  Christian has led strategic deliveries in the financial and risk space; such as economic market sizing, patented iterative based math spreading and forecasting methodologies, process and technology evolution plus Basel regulatory compliance – all from a risk, operational and finance perspective.

Joseph Cataldo

Managing Partner

Joe brings 20 years of experience initiating and managing financial services projects as an Engagement and Delivery Manager for AML, regulatory and compliance projects. Joe’s strong compliance and technology grounding experience helps our clients tailor, implement and remediate AML solutions for Know Your Customer, Customer Identification Programs, Customer Due Diligence, Enhanced Due Diligence, sanctions screening, trade surveillance and suspicious activity transaction monitoring. Prior to joining Sionic Advisors, Joe worked at Deloitte, was head of professional services for Actimize Europe, as well as adjunct professor at Baruch College. Joe has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Jason Millard

Managing Partner

Jason has worked within the Financial service industry focusing on Operations, Middle Office and Finance for 24 years. Since Aug 2013 he has worked at BNP Paribas for UK Territory Management and CIB Finance and Tax North America. He is an accomplished management consultant and interim manager having worked at board level to define and deliver strategic change programs and is able to translate complex strategic concepts into deliverable plans and processes. Jason completed his Executive MBA at Cass Business School and is a dual US/UK citizen.

Douglas Wilbert

Principal

Doug has decades of capital markets experience, starting in the front office, with extensive time spent trading and managing traders in various commodities, equities and derivatives. Moving out of the front office, Doug took on roles in risk management, operations and compliance. Doug is a hand’s on manager, with a broad understanding of the operational, compliance and strategic needs of hedge funds to banks. Doug has a BA in Finance / Statistics and an MBA.

Emiliano Salcines

Principal

Emiliano has over 20 years in Corporate and Investment banking experience leading and global teams in product areas like GTB, Global Markets, and customer management. Working with Financial Institutions in Spain, Portugal and USA he has lead strategic initiatives to deliver control, regulatory compliance, technology and operational management improvements. Emi (his nickname) is well travelled having lived in Moscow, New York and Houston thoroughout his career.

John Byrne

Principal

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Nick Scott

Principal

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Donna Bales

Principal

Donna is a capital markets professional with a deep understanding of international market structure and regulatory issues. Throughout her 20+ career, Donna has led large scale market data, electronic trading, strategy and regulatory initiatives.

A business and product development professional, she advises clients on market structure, regulatory, compliance and risk projects, with a focus on strategy, business impact and transformation. A ‘hands-on’ executive and thought leader that works with our clients to bridge the knowledge gap between compliance, business and other supporting functional areas.

Neeta Mundra

Principal

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Michael Johnson

Principal

Front Office Executive with 30+ years of experience in the financial services industry.  Client oriented and results driven, with a proven track record of building profitable businesses throughout his career.

A Global COO with “hands-on” experience for the Broker Dealer and for the Futures Commission Merchant across Fixed Income and Equity Markets. Mike has been a champion of the front to back ownership model driving the architecture of Tech & Ops infrastructure providing solutions from trading & risk systems to back office books & records functionality.

As Global head of Collateral Management and Business Development, Mike provided leadership and frameworks with strong governance processes driving scalable client solutions, always with a sharp eye for cost cutting & strong financial results.