We are delighted to announce the winners of the Drax Future 40 Awards for 2018, who celebrated their achievements at a glittering event in London's Grosvenor House Hotel last week with cricketing legend Alec Stewart.
These Awards, held in association with Real Deals, recognise ascending and top talent investment professionals and those who will have the biggest influence in the future within the private equity industry.
This year, for the first time, professionals working within private equity were invited to make nominations for the awards, which value the importance of personal qualities such understanding and getting on with management teams rather than the numbers themselves.
As such they are a unique opportunity to celebrate individual talent within the industry.
Here are the up-and-coming dealmakers setting the agenda for the future of European private equity:
Anders Meyerhoff, Apax Partners
Anders Meyerhoff joined the London office of Apax Partners in 2012. During his time at the firm, he has participated in a number of deals including the acquisition of Safetykleen and GlobalLogic.
Nicki Boyd, Apiary Capital
As a founding partner at Apiary Capital, Nicki Boyd was critical to the raising of the firm’s first fund. This process took just six months and the fund was significantly oversubscribed, closing at its £200 million hard cap.
Mehul Patel, August Equity Partners
Recently made a partner at August Equity, technology specialist Mehul Patel has been a part of the team during the raising of the firm’s past two funds and led a number of its deals.
Philipp Schwalber, BC Partners
Philipp Schwalber established his name in the market at Hg before making the move to BC Partners in 2017, joining the firm’s London-based team as a managing director.
Natacha Jamar, The Blackstone Group
Natacha Jamar already has close to a decade of dealmaking experience at Blackstone. She joined in 2009 directly after graduating, having done a summer internship with the firm in New York.
Tom Elliott and Tom Shelford, Bowmark Capital
Tom Elliott and Tom Shelford, investment director and partner respectively at Bowmark Capital, are two dealmakers making names for themselves in the UK market.
Sascha Kaumann, Bregal Unternehmerkapital
During his three years at Bregal Unternehmerkapital, Sascha Kaumann’s notable successes include the firm’s investment in heating and ventilation systems installer Rehms.
Henrik Nordman, Bridgepoint Development Capital
Henrik Nordman is an investment director at Bridgepoint Development Capital (BDC) in London. He joined the firm in 2010 and has made swift progress, earning promotion to senior associate in 2012 and then to his current role in 2015.
Omiros Sarikas, Brookstreet Equity Partners
Greece has come out of its bailout this year and Omiros Sarikas, the founder of Brookstreet Equity Partners, is a dealmaker pioneering the development of the asset class in the country as it emerges from the painful fallout of the financial crisis.
Stuart Whiteford, Cairngorm Capital
Stuart Whiteford, investment manager at Cairngorm Capital, has made a strong impression since joining his firm – and the private equity industry – just over a year and a half ago. He is particularly praised for his work on the firm’s backing of timber merchant Thornbridge.
Charlotte Lawrence, Carlyle Group
Since joining Carlyle’s European Technology team in 2010, where she is currently an associate director working on growth-orientated mid-market buyouts, Charlotte Lawrence has earned a reputation as a strategic dealmaker who displays strong interpersonal skills in pressurised situations.
Tom Biddle, CBPE Capital
Tom Biddle has made swift progress since joining CBPE Capital in 2013 and has established himself as an important dealmaker at the mid-market firm.
Matt Hewlett, Core Capital
An investment manager at Core Capital, Matt Hewlett joined the firm in 2015 and has built up extensive experience in financing and portfolio management.
Richard Blackburn, CVC Capital Partners
Richard Blackburn is a senior managing director at CVC Capital Partners having joined the firm in 2007. Notable deals he has worked on include CVC’s £700 million buyout of training company QA from EMK Capital.
Miles Otway and Pascal Wittet, Connection Capital
Miles Otway joined Connection Capital in 2012 and was made a partner two years later, when he was just 30. Fellow partner Pascal Wittet has originated and led four deals and three follow-ons in the four years he has been with Connection.
Oliver Bevan and Simon Rowan, Dunedin
For the second year in a row, Dunedin’s Oliver Bevan and Simon Rowan have made our selection. Bevan was made up to partner in 2015, having joined the firm in 2007. Rowan was promoted to partner in 2016 after eight years at the firm.
Richard Briault, Equistone Partners Europe
Richard Briault joined Equistone Partners Europe, where he has a focus on the consumer sector, as an investment manager in 2016. He was previously an associate director at DC Advisory, working in the M&A team, before joining Duff & Phelps, where he was a director.
Paul McCreadie, ECI Partners
After ten years at ECI Partners, Paul McCreadie is now partner and head of financial services at the UK firm. He also has significant experience in the TMT area, where his successes include payment processor XLN and networks technology business Wireless Logic.
Owen Wilson, Epiris
Owen Wilson is a partner at Epiris and has noted origination and execution skills, especially when it comes to guiding management teams through deal processes. Wilson joined Epiris in 2013 as an investment director after spells at Candover and Palamon Capital Partners.
Rachael Baker, Graphite Capital
Graphite Capital’s Rachael Baker was made a partner at the firm in 2016 after joining the mid-market house in 2009. She played a key role in Graphite’s acquisition in YSC Consulting late last year, when the firm acquired Livingbridge’s stake in the business for £72 million.
Avital Lobel, Grovepoint
Grovepoint’s Avital Lobel is recognised in this list for the second time. Lobel joined Grovepoint in its founding year with Investec colleagues and firm heads Leon Blitz and Bradley Fried. He now heads up the firm’s principal investments team.
Mathias Fackelmeyer, Halder
Halder’s Mathias Fackelmeyer started his career in finance as a banking trainee at Deutsche Bank before honing his acquisition finance skills on the corporate and structured finance desk at DZ Bank. He joined Halder in 2008 and made partner in 2014.
Alastair Mills, HIG
With stints on Gresham LLP’s London investment team and the private equity desks of both RBoS and Bridgepoint Capital under his belt, Alastair Mills has amassed nearly two decades’ of experience in the UK lower mid-market.
Josh Kaufman, Inflexion Private Equity
It has only been a few years since Josh Kaufman, a partner in the minority investment business at Inflexion, joined the firm in 2016. It hasn’t taken him long to make his mark.
Edouard Pillot, KKR
Edouard Pillot is one of the brightest talents at global buyout house KKR, climbing the ranks and building up an impressive deal track record during his time with the firm.
Simon Peet and Matthew Tunna, Livingbridge
Livingbridge’s Simon Peet and Matthew Tunna were hired within months of each other, with Peet joining in 2014 and Tunna arriving at the beginning of 2015. Both are members of the firm’s latest investment team.
Javier Onieva, Nexxus Iberia
Javier Onieva turned industry heads earlier this year when Nexxus Iberia appointed him as a director at the age of just 32. However, a quick glance at the Spaniard’s track record suggests he is more than capable of handling a senior role.
Emil Anderson and Daniel Berglund, Nordic Capital
Emil Anderson and Daniel Berglund, director and principal respectively at Nordic Capital, both joined the firm in 2010.
Stefan Kowski, Novalpina Capital
Former Centerbridge Partners managing director Stefan Kowski, who was involved in the firm’s investments in wind turbine manufacturer Senvion and European parking manager Apcoa, left his job last year to found pan-European private equity firm Novalpina Capital.
Liam May, NVM Private Equity
In the past year Liam May has completed three new deals, including a follow-on funding round and an exceptional partial exit, netting a 4x money return for NVM from the sale of a stake in price comparator Love Energy Saving.
Katherine Ireland and Mina Mutafchieva, Palamon Capital Partners
Katherine Ireland and Mina Mutafchieva, principals at Palamon Capital Partners, have both built up wide-ranging deal experience during their time at the firm.
Richard Thomas, Palatine Private Equity
Richard Thomas joined Palatine Private Equity from Lloyds Banking Group less than three years ago to open and head up the firm’s office in the Midlands.
Mark Sargeant, Phoenix Equity Partners
Mark Sargeant leads Phoenix Equity Partners’ media and information investment activity and is also part of the firm’s technology investment team. He joined Phoenix in 2007 and was promoted to partner this year.
Steffan Peyer, Summit Partners
Steffan Peyer worked as an investment banker for UBS and on the management team of US video game developer Turbulenz before re-joining Summit Partners in 2013.
Zachary Tsai, Synova Capital
Zachary Tsai has spent five years at Synova Capital having joined the firm from Alantra (previously Catalyst) where he was a principal on its M&A team.
Rob Jones, Tenzing Private Equity
One of Tenzing’s founders and a member of its investment committee, Rob Jones is a dealmaker well-known in the market for being a highly competent investor who knows how to role his sleeves up and work closely with management teams.
Ben Johnson, Vitruvian Partners
Ben Johnson is a member of the founding team of Vitruvian Partners, a firm launched in 2007. He focuses on the consumer services and media sectors.
Cedric van Cauwenberghe and Carsten Rahlfs, Waterland
Cedric Van Cauwenberghe and Carsten Rahlfs are among the firm’s next generation of leadership talent and have worked on some standout deals, including MEDIAN, Compassio, Swyx, Voiceworks and Coeo.
Dan Adler and Paul Canning
Both dealmakers represent a group of private equiteers who have built up extensive experience at established firms but are ready to do something different.