10 Questions with Anthony Murphy of Omni Capital

10 Questions with Anthony Murphy of Omni Capital




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A seasoned Gunners supporter who once wanted to be a war correspondent, Omni’s latest recruit shares his thoughts on why bridging needs to be better understood by the mainstream and what he expects to happen in the sector in the coming months…

B&C: How long have you been in the industry and how did you get to where you are now?

AM: I began my financial services career with Abbey National in 1989. I got to where I am through hard work, and listening to and learning from some of the very talented people with whom I’ve been fortunate enough to work over the years.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

A war correspondent!

What do you think are the biggest problems in bridging at the moment?

As a newcomer to bridging, I’m going to take the Fifth Amendment on this one if I may? All parts of the financial services industry have their own set of challenges, and I’m sure bridging is no exception. But I’d like to get my feet firmly under the desk before offering an opinion.

Which sports team do you support, if any, and why?

Arsenal – the Gunners. My dad first took me to see them when I was just four years of age and I was hooked. That was back in 1976, and I was too young to realise that we weren’t the greatest footballing side. But Highbury was a very special place, and I still miss it.

If you could change one thing about the sector, what would it be?

Bridging deserves to be better understood. Being fresh to the sector myself, I’m aware it’s still something of a mystery to many people, including professional brokers. While obviously not suitable for everyone, bridging nevertheless offers a viable borrowing alternative. In my new role, I hope I can play a small part in helping raise awareness and understanding.

If you could have one superpower, what would you choose and why?

To be able to fly – just imagine the views. And no traffic jams!

What was the last film you saw and what did you think of it?

The ‘Iron Lady’. Meryl Streep deserved her Oscar.

What would you put in room 101 if you had the chance?

Celery. Horrible.

What do you expect to happen in the bridging finance industry in 2012?

Treading carefully, I would venture to suggest that competition is bound to intensify as lenders and brokers alike look to promote their offerings. Regulation is also clearly a major issue for the sector, but I’m not going to be drawn further on this point!

If you could do anything you wanted this Sunday, what would it be?

I’d rather talk about last Sunday when I was lucky enough to attend the Olympic closing concert in London’s Hyde Park. It was fantastic, particularly as I got to see ‘The Specials’ perform.

 

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