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JP Morgan Partners appoints

JP Morgan Partners has added one partner and one managing director to its team.

Thomas Walker joins JP Morgan Partners as a partner in London. He previously served as managing director and head of financial sponsor coverage for JP Morgan Chase & Co in the European region. In his role as head of financial sponsor coverage for the bank, Walker managed a team of ten professionals based in London, Paris and Frankfurt and was a key player in many of Europe’s most important leveraged buyout transactions in the last few years. Prior to joining the bank in 1994, Walker started Chemical Bank’s high yield business in New York. He will focus on middle-market industrial sector buyouts in the European region.

Buck French joins JP Morgan Partners in San Francisco as a partner. French will focus on developing JP Morgan Partners’ enterprise software investment portfolio, specifically looking at investing in companies that focus on software infrastructure and applications. French is well known in the software arena as a successful entrepreneur and chief executive officer who raised $37 million in three rounds of venture funding for his own start-up OnLink Technologies, which he sold to Siebel Systems for $600 million in August 2000.