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Cinven appointed Robert Walker as an adviser to support its European deal activity. He will advise Cinven’s investment teams on commercial and industrial issues faced by the business services, consumer and retail sectors and assist in the origination and evaluation of investment opportunities. Walker is currently non-executive chairman of WH Smith and has recently retired as chief executive of Severn Trent, one of the UK’s leading utility companies. Robin Hall, Cinven’s managing partner, said Walker was one of the UK’s leading executives. “His experience across a wide range of sectors is a perfect fit with our current focus,” he said.

  • Carlos Mallo and Cheryl Potter have been named partners at Permira, while Sonja Mikic joined the Frankfurt team as a partner as well. Rory Cullinan, formerly head of equity finance at Royal Bank of Scotland, also came on board as a Permira partner in London.

Mallo is based in Madrid and joined the firm in 2003. Prior to joining Permira, he spent eight years with 3i in Manchester, Madrid and latterly as head of the Barcelona office. Mikic has private equity experience at Permira and Cinven, where she spent more than three years in the Frankfurt and London offices. Potter has focused on the consumer sector since joining Permira’s London team in 1999. At RBS, Cullinan substantially restructured and refocused the bank’s equity businesses.

  • AIB Capital Markets has boosted its UK acquisition finance team with the appointment of two senior managers, both with experience in leveraged debt transactions. The expansion underpins a strategic drive into UK mid-market leveraged transactions. Sean Duffy joins AIB from ING Acquisition Finance, having formerly worked at Sumitomo Trust & Banking. John Silcox joined from HSBC, having spent five years in a variety of roles, most recently as associate director in the London-based specialised finance team. Earlier this year, AIB made a similar announcement in Germany with the expansion of its Frankfurt-based acquisition finance team. Bruce Thomson and director David Lock lead the AIB UK acquisition finance team, which comprises 11 professionals.
  • Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin widened its financial advisory services group with the addition of Jean-Florent Rérolle as a director in its London office. Rérolle will significantly strengthen Houlihan Lokey’s presence in France and will help build a French team as the bank looks to open its Paris office in the coming weeks. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Rérolle was with Ernst & Young for 14 years. He was made partner in 1995.