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Mike Nawas joined Nyenrode in 2012 to combine academia with his financial markets career, which started in 1989 at ABN AMRO Bank Amsterdam where he worked in various structured finance areas, most notably Securitization. In 2001, Mike transferred to ABN AMRO London as European Head of Securitization and soon thereafter became Global Head of Fixed Income Capital Markets. From 2004 onward he ran the bank’s credit origination business, leading a 750-person team in 25 countries. The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) acquired this business in 2007, after which, at RBS, Mike became Global Head of Corporate and Structured DCM, where he merged and streamlined the combined 1200-person team of bankers.

In 2009 Mike left banking to found the structured finance advisory boutique Bishopsfield Capital Partners in London, where as founding partner he is responsible for various large institutional clients. Financial News, the Dow Jones publication, named him in 2008 in the top 10 of most influential people in European Capital Markets.

Since 2019, Mike has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Triodos Bank, the pan-European values-based bank.

He hold a Masters Degree (1989) and Ph.D. (1995) from the faculties of Economics and Social Sciences at Tilburg University.

It energizes him to work with people who are keen, like Mike, to straddle theory and business practices. It enriches the learning environment, feeds his academic research, and helps him to highlight relevant issues in the public debate.

Mike always keeps the key values of Nyenrode in mind:

  • Leadership: Publishing in leading international journals and participating in public debate.
  • Entrepreneurship: Cross-fertilization between financial market and academic activities.
  • Stewardship: Embedding environmental and social values in the teaching.

Secondary positions

  • Founding Partner at Bishopsfield Capital Partners Ltd.
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Triodos Bank NV.
  • Chairman of Stichting Akademeia, a foundation aimed at philosophical development of professionals.


Reading and discussing the content and implications of philosophical works.

Most relevant publications

  • Fabozzi, F.J., Nawas, M. & D. Vink (2017). Exploring rating shopping for European triple A senior structured finance securities. Finance Research Letters, (February), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.frl.2016.08.013
  • Fabozzi, F., M. Nawas & D. Vink (2015). Do Multiple Credit Ratings Signal Complexity? Evidence from the European Triple-A Structured Finance Securities, EDHEC Working Paper, EDHEC-Risk Institute, 2015. 
  • Nawas, M & D. Vink (2013). “Debt Finance and disintermediation after Lehman Brothers”, in: Hoogenboom, B, M. Pheijffer & E. Karssing (editors), Gorillas, markets and the search for economic values, Assen: Royal van Gorcum, ISBN 978 90 232 5111 8, September 2013.