William Sykes

Co-Founder & Business Development Director

William Sykes co-founded the Company with Michael Aldridge and brings over 15 years of professional experience in Capital Markets and Oil and Gas.

William qualified as a Chartered Account with KPMG in 2000 before joining Morgan Stanley where he worked in Global Capital Markets in both New York and London offices, covering origination, structuring and execution of cross border trades and special situation opportunities. He served as Executive Director at Morgan Stanley for 10 years, completing deals with clients including Centrica, RBS, Lloyds Bank, CSFB, Virgin and Viatel.

Following his success at Morgan Stanley, William founded MHW Associates in 2011, a firm that specialises in structuring and raising development capital for the upstream oil and gas industry.

William has a considerable track record of originating, structuring and executing finance worth over $15 billion including Morgan Stanley’s largest cross border financing transaction. Before founding Sunbird, William brought experience from his tenure at Morgan Stanley and MHW Associates of working with the largest oil and gas firms including BP, Glencore, Exxon, EnQuest, and Royal Dutch Shell.

William has travelled extensively in East Africa since his gap year in 1995 and since 2011 has been investing heavily in the region.

"The excitement of working in Africa stems not from the huge business opportunities but from energy of the people and the realisation that Africa’s time has come."