Neill Hughes

Neill studied law at Queens University Belfast, has a Master's degree in European Business Law from the University of Amsterdam and an MBA from DCU.

He joined Ulster Investment Bank in 1990 before moving to GE Capital Woodchester in 1992. He was appointed a Director of AIB Capital Markets in 1996.

Neill was CEO of Island Capital from 1998 to 2004, an in-house corporate finance resource and investment vehicle for Denis O’Brien. Neill led the fund-raising for the growth of Digicel from license purchase /start-up to today (€1bn+ EBITDA); he had previously financed 98FM and subsequently Esat Telecom for Mr O’Brien, which was bought off the NASDAQ for $3bn + in 2002.

Immediately prior to setting up FL, Neill was a Director of IBI Corporate Finance where he completed a number of significant plc and private company transactions. Neill has also sat on the Board’s of several professional sports management companies.