Merrick Howes is the Managing Partner of Aviron Investment Management, a newly established private investment fund. Prior to founding Aviron, Merrick established and was the head of Australia for Anchorage Capital Group, LLC a large New York based hedge fund. Merrick graduated from Australian National University with a combined BA/LLB degree. He began his career as a graduate at IBM Australia and moved to financial sector joining Macquarie Bank in Sydney. He moved to Singapore in 1996 and established Macquarie’s corporate finance operations in the region. Merrick subsequently joined Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong before transferring to London for several years. He returned to Australia in 2006 as partner with Goldman Sachs to help establish their principal investment activities.