After reading English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford (1975-78) Nick Harbinson joined John Swire and Sons, and was posted to New Guinea and then Hong Kong where he worked in the shipping agency division. In 1983 he began his career in Asian institutional equity sales on the London desk of WI Carr Overseas. In 1985 he was transferred to the Asian equity desk in New York with WI Carr, where he worked, after a brief flirtation with Swiss Bank Corporation in 1987, until the end of 1988 when he returned to Hong Kong with WI Carr. In 1990 he was appointed managing director with responsibility for WI Carr’s Asian ex-Japan equity business. In 1993 he joined Goldman Sachs as co-head of Asian Equities, based in Hong Kong. In February 1995 he returned to WI Carr as Chief Executive Officer, a position he occupied until April 2000. In July 2000 Nick joined Merrill Lynch where he had responsibility for Asian sales and sales-trading, based in Singapore. He left Merrill Lynch in April 2003 to found Tantallon Capital.