Government Corporate Transactions

Advise on major UK government corporate finance matters, including financial interventions into corporate structures and corporate finance negotiations

UKGI works across government to support departments on asset sales and acquisitions, advising ministers and senior officials on the best strategies and structures for a transaction. This includes carrying out market testing, as well as devising and managing the execution process to achieve value for money for the taxpayer. UKGI has a well-established reputation for selling assets where there is no policy reason for the government to hold the asset, and where the sale can achieve value for money.  

The UKGI Financial Institutions Group (FIG) team is responsible for managing the government’s shareholding in NatWest and residual liabilities relating to UK Asset Resolution Ltd. 


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Holger Vieten


Holger joined UKGI in May 2018 and is Director of UKGI’s Financial Institutions Group. He has spent over 20 years advising UK and European financial institutions on a broad range of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and restructuring transactions. Before joining UKGI Holger was an investment banker at Moelis & Company for 8 years and previously at Morgan Stanley for 7 years having started his career at Credit Suisse.

Holger is a Non-Executive Director of Reclaim Fund Ltd and UK Asset Resolution Ltd.

Daniela Guzzardo

Executive Director

Daniela joined UKGI (formerly the Shareholder Executive) in 2013 following 12 years working in Equity Capital Markets for Citigroup.
Daniela has complemented her banking experience with further transaction work from a government perspective. This includes co-leading the Student Loans sale programme. She was previously involved in the privatisation of Royal Mail. Daniela has also worked on governance and policy development projects such as the Shaw Report on Network Rail and has assisted the then Department for Communities and Local Government in managing their growing housing sector loan book.

Chad Woodward

Executive Director

Chad re-joined UKGI in January 2023, having spent 4 years as the Deputy Trade Commissioner for the Middle East and Director of Trade & Investment for Saudi Arabia, based in the British Embassy in Riyadh. Chad spent the first 8 years of his career at Unilever. He then joined the Government in 2007 and worked on regulatory reform policy, asset sales and trade & investment. During Chad’s previous spell at UKGI, he worked on a range of corporate assets, including leading the student loan sale programme.

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