Carlyle ends the year on a high

Global private equity firm the Carlyle Group is preparing for a busy year, with 15 senior promotions across its global network. Five professionals have been promoted to managing director, while 10 have risen to principal/director.

Four of the appointments affect Carlyle’s European offices in London, Munich and Milan. Guido Funes Nova, Vladimir Lasocki, Georg Nolting-Hauff and Steve Rosengarten have all risen to the rank of director.

Funes Nova focuses on European buyouts out of Milan and was involved in Carlyle’s investments in Riello and Avio and the sale of Tecnoforge. Prior to joining the firm, he was an analyst at Salomon Smith Barney.

Lasocki and Rosengarten are based in the London office. Lasocki, a telecom and technology specialist, represents Carlyle on the boards of Orthogon Systems and Solsoft. He worked formerly in Deutsche Bank’s principal investments group. A board member of Casema, the third largest cable operator in the Netherlands, Rosengarten is focused on telecom and industrial buyouts.

Matthew Boyer, Jeffrey Ferguson, Ian Fujiyama, Ryan Schwarz and Kazuhiro Yamada are the five new managing directors. Boyer, formerly of Lehman Brothers, focuses on US telecom buyouts and worked on Dex Media.

Ferguson is Carlyle’s general counsel and Fujiyama specialises in US consumer and retail investments. Yamada focuses on Japanese buyouts and was involved in Rhythm, while Schwarz covers the US healthcare sector.

The other new principals and directors, who are based in the US and Asia, are Jay Bu, Allen Cashion, JP Gan, James McGee, Christopher Ullman and Alex Ying.

Carlyle employs almost 300 investment professionals at 23 global offices. It has just had first close on its US$6.5bn US fund, Carlyle Partners IV.