17/09/2007

Second close of Darwin Private Equity I L.P.

 

Darwin Private Equity LLP (“Darwin”) announces the second close of its inaugural fund, Darwin Private Equity I L.P. (the “Fund”), at £122 million, with commitments from eight investors including Goldman Sachs, OXIP, Pantheon Ventures and RIT Capital Partners plc.

Jonathan Kaye, Founding Partner at Darwin, commented: “We are delighted to have reached the halfway mark of the fundraising less than three months after the official launch and especially to have attracted such a high quality investor base, capable of supporting Darwin over the long term.”

Darwin has also recently opened new offices in Covent Garden and has recruited two new investment professionals.

Alan Maynard has joined Darwin as a Partner. He has held several senior management positions at private equity backed portfolio companies including Expamet International Limited, Travelodge and Silicon Media Group. Previously, he worked as an investment executive in Nomura’s Principal Finance Group.

Stephen Delaney joins Darwin in October as an Investment Manager from the European Consumer & Retail Team at Citigroup. Previously, he worked in the UK private equity mid-market whilst at KPMG Corporate Finance.

Derek Elliott, Founding Partner at Darwin, commented: “Achieving a second close has enabled us to continue to build our team and infrastructure. We know Alan very well and he brings extensive hands on operational expertise as well as valuable investment experience to Darwin. We are delighted that both he and Stephen are joining us.”

 
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