Dr. Michael Rees provides quantitative support for major decisions. He deals with important issues in business economics, valuation and strategy, focussing on the application of financial modelling and risk modelling techniques to address these. His activities in these areas include training, consulting, book-writing, the development of customised software, and acting as an expert witness on specific topics.
Michael combines practical experience from top strategy consulting and investment banking firms with advanced quantitative analytic skills, an exceptional academic record, and has a number of publications to his name.
Michael has a Doctorate in Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Algorithms, and a B.A. with First Class Honours in Mathematics, both from Oxford University in the UK. He has an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD in France. He also studied for the Certificate of Quantitative Finance, graduating top of the class for course work, and receiving the Wilmott Award for the highest final exam mark.
He has over 25 years’ business and finance experience, and has worked independently since mid-2002. Prior to being independent, he worked as a Vice-President at J.P. Morgan (conducting equity valuations, publishing reports and advising fund managers and hedge funds; he was ranked as a top City analyst by all the companies under his direct coverage and received a vote in the Institutional Investor 2002 survey). Until 2000, he was a Partner (Principal) at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), where he advised clients on issues of strategy, organization and change (including market and competitive analysis, partner and acquisition assessments, performance measurement and improvement, cost reduction, outsourcing, process redesign, restructuring and change management).
Michael is the author of Business Risk and Simulation Modelling in Practice: Using Excel, VBA and @RISK (John Wiley & Sons, 2015), of Financial Modelling in Practice: A Concise Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Level (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). He is also a contributing author in The Strategic CFO: Creating Value in a Dynamic Market Environment (Springer, 2012), and has written articles in the Wilmott Magazine (2004, 2005). He is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and is regularly invited to speak at conferences (e.g. SMI conferences in 2009 and 2010, The Danish Risk Management Conference 2011).
Michael’s clients include C-, senior- and mid-level executives in corporations, private equity, asset management and consulting firms, amongst others. He works in many sectors, including oil, gas, energy and resources, health care, and biotechnology, chemicals, construction, and engineering, insurance. He has had the opportunity to live in several countries, and speaks fluent French and German, in addition to his native English.