Senior EMEA Regulatory and Special Coverage Reporter
Valeria covers various regulatory agencies such as the CADE, the Competition Commission of South Africa, CCI, and others. Prior to joining CTFN, Valeria was a senior reporter at London-based Telecom Finance, where she wrote about telecom M&A, financing, and regulation across Southern Europe and Latin America, providing proprietary intelligence and analysis on the latest industry developments. She also worked as Middle East correspondent at Mergermarket, where she covered corporate M&A. Valeria holds a BA in Languages and Public Relations from Leeds Beckett University and an MA in International Journalism from University of Central Lancashire.
European Commission and UK Competition and Markets Authority Reporter
Michael is based in Brussels and previously spent 10 years in London writing about the City. He was City Correspondent at the Evening Standard between 2015 and 2020 covering insurance, fund management, and the M&A beat. Before that he wrote for daily free sheet City A.M. covering private equity and hedge funds and began his financial reporting career in the trade press writing about institutional pensions for Incisive Media. He holds a BA from the University of Birmingham and an Msc from the University of Oxford.
Robert W. Welkos
Senior Public Utilities, FCC and Special Coverage Reporter
Bob covers utility, cable, and banking deals, and has a great skill for understanding the nuances of state regulatory processes. Bob was a 20-year veteran reporter for the Los Angeles Times and shared in two Pulitzer Prizes awarded to the newspaper's metro staff. He has reported on numerous state and federal trials and served as the Times entertainment industry legal affairs writer covering Hollywood and the law. Bob was also a correspondent for the Associated Press. He is based in Los Angeles.
DC Regulatory Reporter
Victoria's background brings together an array of work experience from the private to public sectors. Prior to joining CTFN, Victoria briefly wrote for The Well News where she focused on telecommunications, technology, and business. Before TWN, she worked as an antitrust reporter covering policy developments and market-moving news for Acuris, where she led the Telecommunications, Media and Technology beat. A native Venezuelan, she leveraged her bilingual fluency to expand the Latin America coverage by reporting on cross-border M&A. She holds a BA in Journalism from Baylor University and a postgraduate certificate from St. Mary's University at Twickenham, UK.
M&A and Telecom Policy Reporter
Saniya Rao is a graduate of the Master of Professional Studies in Journalism program at Georgetown University, prior to which she did her undergraduate studies in communications, literature, and psychology. Her work experience includes interning in social media for Agence France-Presse, working as a breaking news copywriter for Republic World in Mumbai, and as reporting intern with The Economic Times in Bengaluru. Saniya covers key aspects of telecom policy for CTFN from Washington, DC.
Luke joined CTFN as a research analyst after completing his degree in Economics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. During his tenure there, Luke played college football and basketball and spent his summers interning in New York as an analyst in foreign exchange operations.
Product Development Manager & M&A Correspondent
Travis has several years experience in M&A and antitrust research. Travis previously worked at Reorg M&A where he covered a wide range of M&A transactions and regulatory events. He also worked at Isogriv, continuing his research and analysis of M&A and event-driven financial coverage, as well as helping to launch Isogriv's data platform. He holds a BA in Government from Harvard University.
Policy Risk Correspondent & Product Team Member
Collin covers political, regulatory, and litigation risks at the state and federal levels. Prior to joining CTFN, he worked as an investment analyst covering the financial services, payments, and tobacco and cannabis industries. Collin's strong understanding of parliamentary processes, legislative drivers, and market-based policy impacts enables him to effectively synthesize crucial information and communicate it to readers in an actionable way. Collin received a BA in International Relations from American University and studied Russian Language and Culture at Middlebury College.
Senior Healthcare Markets Correspondent
Natasha's role at CTFN is a senior healthcare correspondent, covering relevant legislative, regulatory, and political catalysts at the federal and state level across a variety of healthcare sub-sectors. Prior to joining CTFN, Natasha was a policy analyst at FiscalNote where she covered an array of issues for investors including provider and payer payment systems, drug pricing, and digital health. Previously, she held a senior healthcare analyst position at the Marwood Group in Washington, DC. Natasha received her BA from Vanderbilt University.
Senior Regulatory Reporter & DC Bureau Chief
Based in Washington, DC, Alex covers merger enforcement developments at the DOJ's antitrust division, the FTC, and national security reviews conducted by CFIUS. Prior to joining CTFN, she oversaw coverage of US antitrust news for Global Competition Review. Alex has also written for several different outlets, including Reuters, Reorg, and The Independent. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015 with degrees in marketing and journalism.
Senior UK/Europe Pre-Event and Special Situations Reporter
Deane came to CTFN from Mergermarket and its affiliated publications Dealreporter, Activistmonitor, and PaRR. He has served as editor of Activistmonitor, and his reporting has focused on the consumer, retail and leisure sectors, including scoops on such megadeals as AB InBev's acquisition of SABMiller, British American Tobacco's purchase of Reynolds American, and EssilorLuxottica's bid for Grandvision. Originally from Canada, he graduated from McGill University with a degree in political science and East Asian language studies.
Lucia is a legal associate with a diverse background in technology, entrepreneurship, IP law, and social justice. She holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola College of Law New Orleans with a focus on IP law. Throughout her time at Loyola, she interned at the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court House as a judicial intern and at the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center as a legal intern. In her last year of law school, Lucia was inducted by the Supreme Court of Louisiana to work as a student practitioner in the nationally ranked Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice and participated in the Workplace Litigation Clinic. She also worked at Isogriv, continuing patent research and leading compliance initiatives. Before attending Loyola, she graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in Management Information Systems from the Hankamer School of Business.
Graham Riss is a research analyst with a broad interest and understanding of the financial markets, and enjoys analyzing various industries. He has been training with CTFN's Director of Research and editors since August of 2021. Graham currently has an associates degree from NCC and is working towards receiving a bachelors in finance.