Raising distinctive European mid-market private equity funds
Focused approach, deep expertise and relevant relationships
Sophisticated, analytical and hands-on project management
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.
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Investors like working with us because of our highly relevant knowledge and our integrity
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.
Wilf has fifteen years’ 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, investor relations and LP portfolio sales. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Prior to joining Acanthus, Wilf advised on numerous private equity investments across Europe and the US at Jefferies and LongAcre Partners.
Head of Secondaries
Paul has 11 years’ experience in Financial Markets, in particular Private Equity and Asset Management. At Acanthus, Paul leads the Acanthus Secondaries business, facilitating tailored liquidity solutions on behalf of Global Limited Partners and European mid-market General Partners. Prior to joining Acanthus, Paul was a Secondaries Broker and spearheaded the Private Equity arm at TP ICAP and before this worked as a Placement Agent at Quest Fund Placement.
Sebastian assists in the fundraising processes for Acanthus’ clients, with a focus on primary fundraising and GP-led secondary mandates. His responsibilities include delivering investment grade documentation, process management and cultivating relationships with limited partners and financial institutions across the UK, North America and Continental Europe. Sebastian joined Acanthus from the Investment Banking division of Lazard, where he worked in both the M&A and the Equity Capital Markets and Financial Sponsors teams.
Boris supports Acanthus’ clients in their fundraising process with a focus on process management and execution, investment grade documentation delivery as well as origination and coverage efforts across the UK, Continental Europe and North America. Boris joined Acanthus from the Investment Banking division of William Blair where he gained significant exposure to the European mid-market PE sector. He previously trained at BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole.
Jamie focuses on managing fundraising processes and GP-led secondary transactions for Acanthus’ clients, delivering strategic advice, managing fundraising processes and developing relationships with financial institutions globally. Previous to joining Acanthus, Jamie spent four years at Campbell Lutyens in London where he worked in the fund placement team and more recently focused specifically on advising global infrastructure managers across the firms activities.
Sophie assists Acanthus’ clients with investment grade documentation, process management and execution whilst also focusing on cultivating relationships with financial institutions across the UK, Europe and North America. Prior to joining Acanthus, Sophie was an Analyst at J.P. Morgan providing investment and credit solutions to endowments, foundations, family offices and ultra-high net worth individuals. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Bath.
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.
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.
Selected Funds Raised
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
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