Amadeus appts director

Amadeus Capital Partners has recruited Roy Merritt as a director. He began in venture capital with Apax, and in 1995 he joined Esprit Telecom Group as CFO. Merritt led the company’s fund raising efforts, including bringing on three VC investors, taking the company to dual public listings on EASDAQ and NASDAQ, and two high- yield debt rounds. In 1999, Esprit was acquired by Global TeleSystems for around US$1bn.

Merritt then returned to venture capital, joining communications and media investor Providence Equity Partners as a director to help establish its London office. The following year he was recruited by Deutsche Bank to set up, as managing partner and co-head, DB Capital Ventures. In 2003, when Deutsche Bank withdrew from private equity, he left to establish his own investment vehicle, Orcapital, investing in and advising venture funds, LPs and individual businesses. He is a non-executive director of Axon Group plc, a business consultancy firm.