In brief people

Law firm SJ Berwin has promoted 11 new partners, which brings the number of partners in the combined European business to 141. Four of the partners promoted are in the firm’s pan-European private equity team, and a further three are from the banking and financial services team, which is part of the wider corporate department. The promotions follow news that M&A partner Laura O’Neill will join the firm in June from Clifford Chance. Christoph Brenner is promoted to partner in Munich, advising on corporate and private equity transactions with a specific focus on M&A and buyouts. Arnaud David have been made partner in Paris in the area of private equity and investment fund structuring. Michael Halford and Ylan Steiner have been made partner in the corporate group, each with specialisations in private equity.

  • Hicks Muse (Europe) has changed its name to Lion Capital. The change finalises the firm’s formal separation from US based Hicks Muse Tate & Furst, which took place in January. Lion Capital is owned entirely by its European partners and has a team of 12 investment professionals based in London. The firm will continue to be headed up by Lyndon Lea. “Our change of name, from Hicks Muse (Europe) to Lion Capital, is the final step in the evolution of our private equity business to a fully independent, European firm,” Lea said. “Whilst our investment strategy remains unchanged under our new name, our independence will enhance our ability to focus on building value for our limited partners.”
  • Four new associates have joined Cinven in London, Frankfurt and Paris. Leonie Fundulus joined Cinven in Frankfurt from Morgan Stanley, where she worked as a member of the securitised products group; Alexis le Marie joined the London office from Clayton Dubilier & Rice, while Charles Miller-Jones joined as a London associate from Lazard. Karine Schrenzel joined Cinven in Paris as an associate from McKinsey & Co. Prior to that, she was at Goldman Sachs. Robin Hall, Cinven’s managing partner, said the business was continuing to grow, facilitating the expansion of the pan-European team.
  • Jean Eichenlaub is heading up a Paris office for American Capital Strategies, the US publicly traded private equity and mezzanine provider. The six-strong team in Paris will invest in buyouts and in companies directly for between €5m and €125m. Eichenlaub joined five weeks ago from Fonds Partenaires-Gestion, Banque Lazard’s private equity business. He has also worked in the structured finance department at Commerzbank. Roland Cline, a managing director at American Capital in the US, is relocating to Europe as part of the expansion.
  • Jan de Ruiter, global head of ECM for ABN AMRO and joint CEO of ABN AMRO Rothschild, is assuming additional responsibility for global M&A execution.