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A message from Simon Olenka

A very warm welcome to our Securities Services Client Training Academy. This is the first time we are hosting this academy at our BNP Paribas offices in London, and I hope that you will have an enjoyable stay here.

The Client Training Academy is an intensive training programme provided by Securities Services for our clients and their staff. It enables us to share our knowledge and expertise with our clients and helps to build our relationship and mutual understanding.

We are very pleased to welcome you to our office, where we trust you will have a great learning experience.

Best regards,

Simon Olenka
Regional Head, UK and Middle East, Securities Services, BNP Paribas


Practical information

Travelling around the city

How to get around London by tube, train, bus, bike or boat Click here ⟶

Plan your journey with the Transport for London (TFL) guide Click here ⟶

Where to eat

London’s top restaurants recommended by the Michelin Guide Click here ⟶

Where to eat across London Click here ⟶

Where to eat in Marylebone Click here ⟶

Places to visit

A selection of London’s top attractions Click here ⟶

A pick of the top exhibitions to see Click here ⟶

A brief history of London

Click here ⟶

Your agenda

Introducing London

Four of our managers from Securities Services in London introduce their favourite parts of London

Simon Olenka

Simon Olenka
Regional Head, UK and Middle East, Securities Services

How long have you lived in London?
I’ve lived in and around London all my life although in recent years I have moved further out to Essex.

Favourite area/part of London and why?
I was born in Greenwich and so that holds a special place in my heart – the parks, riverside walks, markets and Greenwich village as well as the Cutty Sark, the famous 19th century ship.  I also love the West End – especially the Covent Garden area, and of course West London, home of the two-times Champions League winners (the only London club to have done so), my beloved Chelsea Football Club

Top attractions?

  • Grab a Chelsea game at Stamford Bridge
  • Shopping in Bond Street
  • Lunch in Covent Garden
  • A stroll in St James’s Park
  • A Thames river cruise is a great way to see London from a different vantage point
Mark Downing

Mark Downing
Head of Client Services and Relationship Management UK, Securities Services

How long have you lived in London?
I was born in Wales and grew up just outside London but I moved to South West London in 1995 and have lived in and around south London for the past 28 years.

Favourite area/part of London and why?
I will be greedy as I have a few! Tooting for the diversity and great food. Greenwich for the amazing views. Wimbledon for the village atmosphere and Balham because it is home.

Top attractions?

  • Chinatown – just a great cultural experience
  • The Lords and Oval cricket grounds – I am a big cricket fan
  • Borough Market for the food – one of the best markets in Central London
  • Sky Garden for amazing views across central London.
Mayuko Tanno

Mayuko Tanno
Interim Head of UK Marketing, Securities Services

How long have you lived in London?
I grew up in the southwest, near the famous Wimbledon tournament and Richmond Park, which is the biggest urban park in Europe. In the last 10 years I have made the southeast my home.

Favourite area/part of London and why?
I’m also a big fan of Greenwich: it has a lovely village feel while also being home to south-east London’s biggest park, several museums and historic buildings, nice pubs and cafes. If you’re feeling brave enough to walk up the hill, you can get London’s best free view of the whole city, spanning the London Eye and the Olympic Stadium.

Top attractions?

  • Greenwich market; home to lovely arts and crafts made by local businesses.
  • The Painted Hall in Greenwich, which has one of the most extraordinary painted ceilings outside of Rome!
  • A walk along the south bank of the Thames is a great way to see some of London’s key buildings and grab some street food on the way
Daniel Gonzalez Fuster

Daniel Gonzalez Fuster
Head of Institutional Investors Client Line, UK & Middle East, Securities Services

How long have you lived in London?
I am a relative newcomer; I have been in London for nearly 3 years. I am from Spain but have lived in Luxembourg, Ireland, France and Brazil thanks to my career at BNP Paribas.

Favourite area/part of London and why?
I live in West Hampstead and love the area as it close to lovely walks in areas such as Hampstead Heath and Little Venice. It is also not too far from central London, which is a plus for a newcomer like me.

Top attractions?

  • The main museums are all fabulous: the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum
  • The postal museum – and its underground train – is one of London’s best hidden gems
  • The views from the Shard are breathtaking

Contact information

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your point of contact

Shoaib Parekh
Global Service Manager

Phone: +966 50 1900 785