Kai Franzmeyer joins BlackFin as DACH head

French financial services specialist BlackFin Capital Partners opened its Frankfurt office in 2017, where Franzmeyer will be based.

Southgate and Howarth join Rutland deal team

Will Southgate and Gessica Howarth have joined the Rutland Partners deal team, joining from PwC and Goldman Sachs respectively.
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Investec hires Galina Markova in corporate and acquisition finance

Markova joins from SMBC where she was an executive director in its European leveraged finance division.

Ashurst recruits DLA’s Noam Ankri for Paris office

Ankri acts for private equity firms, corporates and hedge funds, advising on acquisitions and restructurings.

Idinvest names Guillaume Santamaria as investment director

Idinvest Partners has hired Guillaume Santamaria as an investment director in Idinvest’s Growth Capital team, which held a first close on a new fund at €250m in November 2016.

Ambienta promotes three following fund close

Daniele Gatti has been named CFO while Giancarlo Beraudo and Francesco Lodrini have been promoted to partner. The promotions come shortly after Ambienta closed its third fund on €635m.
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NorthEdge appoints former 3i, Gresham executives

Keven Parker and Andy Tupholme will join NorthEdge Capital as portfolio directors, working alongside head of portfolio Ian Plumb.

Sovereign Capital fundraising head departs

Virginia Doble led Sovereign’s IR and fundraising efforts for more than a decade. She has now joined emerging markets firm Actis.

Private equity charity Impetus-PEF appoints Hanneke Smits as chair

Smits is chair of Newton Investment Management and also a co-founder of women in private equity organisation Level 20.
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Cipio Partners adds Alexander Brand to team

Before joining Cipio, Brand founded and listed German babycare business Windeln.