Our focus

Raising distinctive European mid-market private equity funds

Focused approach, deep expertise and relevant relationships

Sophisticated, analytical and hands-on project management

About us

Our creativity, technical ability and pro-active energy underpin our success

At Acanthus we welcome the opportunity to work with ambitious private equity managers. We bring substantial value through high quality strategic advice, investment grade documentation work and deep access to relevant investor networks.

We are a team of dedicated corporate finance professionals, who approach every different mandate in a tailored and specific way. We put a substantial amount of thought into our work upfront, in order to save our clients time and effort, and to deliver short, concentrated and successful fundraising processes.

Investors like working with us because of our highly relevant knowledge and our integrity

Team

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Armando D’Amico

Managing Partner

Armando has over 25 years’ experience in private equity on both the buy and sell side, having been a limited partner before founding Acanthus in 1998. During his career, Armando has advised general partners, limited partners and financial institutions from the UK, US and Continental Europe in fund structuring, placement, and fundraising strategy. His previous experience includes the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Telesis and Bain & Company.

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Wilf Wilkinson

Partner

Wilf has over ten years’ of experience in the private equity and investment banking industries. At Acanthus, Wilf advises general partners, limited partners and financial institutions from the UK, US, Continental Europe and Asia in fund inception, structuring, placement, strategy and investor relations. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish. His previous experience includes Jefferies and LongAcre Partners.

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Rachel Matharu

Vice President

At Acanthus, Rachel leads advisory mandates and fundraising projects across the UK and Continental Europe. Rachel is focused on project management and distribution, and leads investor coverage in the UK and US. Her previous experience includes Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and working for a Shadow Secretary of State.

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Jake Mackay

Vice President

Jake has over seven years’ experience in private equity and investment banking. At Acanthus, he leads advisory mandates and fundraising projects across Europe. Jake is focused on project management and distribution, and leads investor coverage in Scandinavia and Switzerland. His previous experience includes Jefferies, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Pension Corp.

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Etiene Ekpo-Utip

Analyst

Etiene joined Acanthus from the Consumer Retail and TMT Investment Banking division of Lazard.  Etiene supports the senior Acanthus team in delivering investment grade documentation and in supporting investor coverage.  His previous experience includes internships at JO Hambro Investment Management, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan.

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Zoe Walsh

Team Assistant

Zoe is responsible for roadshow logistics at Acanthus, where she provides team and client support. Her previous experience includes Pricoa Capital Group.

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Satpal Dulay

Operations Manager

Satpal has over 25 years’ experience working in retail, publishing, motor trade, healthcare and professional consultancy. Satpal is responsible for operations at Acanthus, including office management, IT systems, client relations, finance assistance and compliance. Her previous experience includes Addison & Associates.

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Mariette Davis

Consultant

Mariette has over 25 years’ experience in the professional advisory and financial services markets. Mariette is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Her previous experience includes Grant Thornton, NM Rothschild & Sons, Legal and General Ventures and GNI Fund Management Ltd.

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Dermot Crean

Non Executive Partner

Dermot has over 20 years’ investment banking experience in private placement, capital markets, restructuring and mergers & acquisitions with a focus on raising mid-market private equity funds. His previous experience includes Hawkpoint, JO Hambro Magan & Company, Samuel Montagu & Company and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

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Case studies

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 Why Acanthus

Core European Mid-Market Specialism 

A strong, continuous presence in the most challenging and dynamic segment of the European private equity market 

Deep geographic focus to provide our clients with unmatched advisory guidance and expertise

Corporate Finance Driven Approach

Increasing  sophistication of market participants necessitates an intensely analytical approach and comprehensive investment grade documentation

We build a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses and cultures to position every fund in a clear and differentiated manner

Combined Business Model

The team’s vast experience facilitates a combined focus on project management and distribution by all project members

A highly targeted approach to marketing and investor relations underpinned by strong relationships with the investor community

Partner-Owned and Driven

An independent, partner-owned business ensuring deep, long-term alignment with clients and investors alike

News

Acanthus speaking at Super Return Berlin 2016

Armando D’Amico, spoke at Super Return International 2016 conference in Berlin on 23rd February 2016, chairing a panel discussion titled “Shaping an Emerging Landscape” Defining LP appetite for first-time managers and how do you pick the next generation of... read more

Acanthus speaking at Super Return Middle East 2015

Armando D’Amico, founder and managing partner of Acanthus, spoke at Super Return Middle East 2015 conference in Dubai on 9th Nov 2015, participating in two sessions: a panel discussion titled “How to Fundraise With a Limited/Poor Track Record” and a... read more

Acanthus speaking at C5 CEE Private Equity Forum

C5’s Annual CEE Private Equity conference – London – 8 October 2015 Armando D’Amico, managing partner of Acanthus, chaired a LP Panel titled “CEE-Focused Fundraising” aimed at assessing the current situation on the global fundraising market and the... read more

Cairngorm Capital raises £50m from three LPs

The first time fund founded by former HIG Capital partner Andrew Steel started talking with investors at the beginning of the year. By Victoria Robson, Published by Private Equity International  For full article click here Cairngorm Capital has held a first and final... read more

Strong Year Expected For Mid-Market Fundraising

European mid-market fundraising saw an impressive rise in 2014, reaching its highest level since 2007, with that buoyant fundraising market expected to continue during 2015. Funds expected to close in 2015 include exponent Private Equity and Silverfleet Capital, which... read more

European Mid-Market Fundraising Review 2015

We are pleased to announce our 2015 European Mid-Market Fundraising Review, now in its ninth year. This annual review is based on our ongoing proprietary research into the European mid-market covering private equity funds between €100 million and €1 billion. This... read more

PE Investor Relations Conference, London

Panel: Meeting recent challenges Moderator:  Armando D’Amico, Managing Partner, Acanthus Advisers Panelists: Jennifer Dunstan, 3i, Partner, IR Laura Coquis, BC Partners, Partner, Head of IR Management Stephen Cavell, Graphite Capital, Senior Partner Jan Willem Bakker,... read more

Super Investor 2014 Panel

Best Practice Fundraising For Today’s Bifurcated Market – How Have The Successful Groups Achieved Their Stellar Fundraisings And What Were Their Strategies? Moderator: Armando D’Amico, Managing Partner, ACANTHUS ADVISERS Panellists: Kristin Custar, Partner, THE... read more

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Contact us

OFFICE
Acanthus
10-12 Blandford Street
London
W1U 4AZ

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7317 5850
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7317 5851
Email: info@acanthus.eu.com

Acanthus Capital Limited was established in 1998 and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. U.S. offerings are made through a Representative Agreement with Growth Capital Services, who are a member of FINRA and SIPC.