Board of directors

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited has its headquarters in London. Board member profiles are below:

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Maria Bentley Independent Chair of the Board

Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Board


Maria Bentley was appointed as DCME’s Chair of the Board (and Chair of the Nomination Committee) on 1 April 2024. She joined DCME’s Board in May 2021 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. In addition to DCME, Maria has appointments on the following Boards: Peel Hunt Limited, where she serves as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited, where she chairs of the Human Resources Committee at and Picton Property Income Limited, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee.


Maria has over 40 years of experience in the investment banking sector. Having graduated with a BA from Oxford University, she trained as a credit analyst at Chemical Bank, followed by roles in fixed income sales at CSFB and at Goldman Sachs.  During her 14 years at Goldman Sachs she also served as Managing Director in Human Resources, going on to lead the global Human Resources functions as a Group Managing Director at UBS Investment Bank and Senior Managing Director at Nomura International. 

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Ewa Kerin Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee

Ewa Kerin joined the DCME Board in September 2020 as an Independent Non-Executive Director, Ewa is DCME’s Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director (SID). Further, she is a Board Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the Smart Works Charity. Ewa is a qualified accountant and has held a number of senior positions within the Financial Services industry for over 25 years. She started her career at JP Morgan where she was a Vice President in Finance then moved to Credit Suisse, where as a Managing Director she led a number of functions across Global Finance. Following this, she was CFO of the International business at Willis Towers Watson before moving to HSBC where she was the Global Head of Financial Planning and Analysis.

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Megan McDonald Chief Executive Officer


Megan McDonald joined DCME as the CEO in January 2022. She has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking. After qualifying as a solicitor she started her banking career in debt capital markets with Standard Bank in 2001, Standard Bank is Africa’s largest bank by assets with a presence in 25 countries and over 40 000 employees.


Since then, she has held various roles across investment banking, working in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Megan has been responsible for the global leadership of the Debt Capital Markets business as well as the International Investment Banking business, managing product teams including equity capital markets, debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, advisory and loan origination and syndication supported by sales and trading teams in the US, UK, Africa and Asia.


Most recently she was the Global Head of Client Coverage, leading specialised teams focused on business strategy and client relationships across key markets, including London, Dubai, Beijing, New York and Brazil. Megan was recognised by Financial News as one of the top 100 Women in Finance in Europe and shortlisted by Women in Finance Awards London in 2019 in the Banker of the Year category. Megan holds Bachelor of Commerce and LLB degrees from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa and a BCL from Oxford University, England.

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Hidenobu Shirota Group Non-Executive Director

Executive Managing Director, Group Head of Europe and the Middle East


Mr. Shirota joined Daiwa Securities in 1987 and started his career in capital markets for overseas clients. After graduating from The Fletcher School in Boston in 1994, he took a role as fixed income sales for overseas investors followed by new securities issuance promotions.


From 2001, he became the Co-Head of Debt Syndicate Department at Daiwa Securities SMBC Europe. On his return to Japan in 2009, he became the Head of Debt Syndicate Department and subsequently the Head of Debt Capital Markets Department. He became is the Head of global DCM/Syndication in 2016 with the responsibility of SDGs debt promotion at Daiwa Securities. In April of 2021, Mr. Shirota was appointed as the Head of Europe and the Middle East and, following his arrival in London in May 2021, he also joined the DCME Board as a Group Non-Executive Director in June 2021.

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Shuntaro Nagashima President

Mr. Nagashima joined the DCME board on 15th June 2022 as President, Strategic Business Development. He originally joined Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd. in 1996 after graduating from university with a degree in Economics and his first assignment was retail sales at the Nagoya branch. Mr. Nagashima was then transferred to the International Finance Department to introduce non-Japanese issuers to the Japanese capital market.


In 2001, Mr. Nagashima extended his career by moving to New York to cover debt finance of US corporates, Washington-based supranationals, and Latin American sovereign issuers. After 6 years in the US, Mr. Nagashima moved back to Tokyo to work at Corporate Planning, and was then posted to London as Head of Equity Capital Markets, syndicating equity offerings outside of Japan.


Mr. Nagashima was relocated to Tokyo again in 2013 as a FIG coverage banker for 4 years before being appointed Head of Real Estate Department and later Head of International Business Planning Department in 2018.