Lynn Akashi is Co-Founder of Zetland Capital, a London based private equity fund focusing on European mid-market special situations. Lynn advises and leads the firm’s growth strategy and is the steward of Zetland’s culture and values. She is the thought-leader on Zetland’s ESG and DEI initiatives and approaches leadership as a coach.
She was a founding member of the Citi Salomon Smith Barney Distressed & Special Situations proprietary trading desk in New York and Tokyo in the late 90s. She was also a Director at Citigroup’s European Leverage Finance group and a founding member of the Loan Sales Trading desk in London. Lynn began her career in M&A at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. Lynn is an active mentor of young professionals and is on the steering committee representing Zetland on SEO-London, a charity dedicated to the promotion of diversity. In an advisory capacity, she has advised and coached numerous start-ups on business planning. Lynn graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in economics and political science.