He has 25 years of investment banking experience and was previously Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Media Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank and, prior to that, at Hambros Bank. He has advised corporate and financial sponsor clients on many of the most significant transactions in the media and communications sector in recent years, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, restructurings and debt and equity financings.

Mr Austin holds an M.A. from Oriel College, Oxford University, and attended the Corporate Finance Programme at London Business School. He is President of the Oriel Society and a member of the Childline Board of the NSPCC.