Eaton Partners Forms Global Secondary Advisory Business
-Three new senior professionals to advise private equity general partners and limited partners in growing secondary market -
ROWAYTON, Conn., April 11, 2014-- Eaton Partners, a leading independent global placement agent, is pleased to announce the formation of its Secondary Advisory Group with the addition of three senior professionals, Michael Pilson, Alexander Mejia and Kevin Imhoff. The formation of the Secondary Advisory Group further enhances Eaton Partners' product offerings and capabilities as secondary market activity continues to play an increasing role in both General Partner fundraising and Limited Partner portfolio management activities. Pilson, Mejia and Imhoff previously ran the Secondary Advisory Business at Atlantic-Pacific Capital, where they advised a wide range of clients on secondary market transactions.
"We are extremely excited about adding Michael, Alex, and Kevin to our team. As the private equity industry continues to mature, we believe that secondary activity will become increasingly prevalent and we now have the ability to provide our clients and our Limited Partner relationships with best-in-class secondary advisory capabilities." said Jeff Eaton, Partner at Eaton Partners.
Based out of Eaton's headquarters in Rowayton, CT, the Secondary Advisory Group will provide highly customized solutions to clients managing private equity, real asset, real estate, venture capital and illiquid hedge fund investments. Specifically, the team will assist General Partners to strategically manage the sale of limited partnership interests within their existing funds and also raise new capital through stapled transactions, fund recapitalizations and fund restructurings. Additionally, the team will help Limited Partners achieve their desired portfolio construction by advising on the purchase or sale of fund interests in the secondary markets. The team provides valuation work and end-to-end process management and takes the necessary steps to ensure that each client's needs are met with respect to desired secondary pricing, transaction timeline and confidentially.
With over 55 people across six offices globally, Eaton Partners has one of the largest teams in the placement industry. The formation of the Secondary Advisory Group follows the firm's announcement of four senior sales professionals to their distribution team and two key professionals to their project management team in March. The Secondary Advisory Group will be fully integrated with the broader platform and will leverage the networks and relationships of the firm to deliver optimal results for its clients.
"We feel our commitment to serving both general partners and limited partners within the secondary market is an excellent fit with the Eaton Partners platform. We look forward to enhancing the range of services the firm provides its clients and are very fortunate to be able to join a firm with the capabilities, reputation and success of Eaton Partners." said Mr. Pilson.
About Eaton's Secondary Advisory Group
Michael Pilson has over 17 years of experience in the private equity industry. Prior to joining Eaton Partners, Mr. Pilson helped run the Secondary Advisory Business at Atlantic-Pacific Capital, where he was responsible for the sourcing, structuring and execution of the team's secondary transaction mandates. Previously, he was an institutional investor at DuPont Capital Management and also held roles in private equity and investment banking at Deutsche Bank and Cowen & Co. He received an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a BA in Finance from Loyola College. Michael holds Series 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA.
Alexander Mejia has over 12 years of private equity experience. Prior to joining Eaton Partners, he helped run the Secondary Advisory Business at Atlantic-Pacific Capital where he was a responsible for the sourcing, structuring and execution of the team's secondary transaction mandates. He previously held roles in private equity at Credit Suisse and investment banking at BNY Capital Markets. Mr. Mejia received a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and holds Series 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA.
Kevin Imhoff has over 8 years of experience in the private equity industry. Prior to joining Eaton Partners, he helped run the Secondary Advisory Business at Atlantic-Pacific Capital where he was responsible for the sourcing, structuring and execution of the team's secondary transaction mandates. He previously held roles in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and as an institutional investor at DuPont Capital Management. Mr. Imhoff received his MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a BS in Finance from the University of Delaware. He holds Series 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA and is a CFA® charterholder.
About Eaton Partners
Founded in 1983, Eaton Partners is one of the oldest, largest and most experienced fund placement agents in the world, having raised more than $57 billion across 80 highly differentiated funds. With over 55 professionals across offices in North America, Europe and Asia, the firm raises institutional capital for investment managers across a full range of alternative strategies – private equity, real assets, real estate and hedge funds/liquid products. Eaton Partners is currently in the market with funds whose strategies include: real estate, energy, timberland, agriculture, growth equity, sector-specific and general buyout, credit/special situations, long/short equity, operational activist, and fund-of-funds. Partnering with a select number of the highest-quality fund managers, Eaton Partners has represented some of the most innovative funds of the last two decades. With extensive institutional relationships, deep sector knowledge, fresh insights and a partner-driven approach, Eaton Partners is dedicated to every client's success.
Eaton Partners, LLC, is a Registered Broker-Dealer and a member of FINRA (www.FINRA.org), and is also registered as an Introducing Broker with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and member of the National Futures Association (NFA) and SIPC. Eaton Partners (UK) LLP is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Eaton Partners Advisors (HK) Limited is approved as a Type 1 License company under the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong. Eaton Partners and the eaton partners logo are trademarks of Eaton Partners, LLC, a limited liability company ® Eaton Partners, LLC, 2013. To learn more, please visit www.eatonpartnersllc.com.
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