Tri-Artisan Partners tries in Europe

US merchant bank Tri-Artisan Partners has opened an office in London.

The firm has named four partners to establish the business, which will be known as Tri-Artisan Partners Europe.

Julian Hirst, former head of corporate finance at Panmure Gordon & Co. and its predecessor firm, Durlacher Corporation, and Simon Hirst, former executive vice chairman of Panmure Gordon & Co. and chief executive of Durlacher Corporation, have become the joint managing partners. Benoit de Biolley, previously a senior managing director of Deutsche Bank, and Jason Bentley Moran, former deputy head of mergers & acquisitions at Commerzbank, have joined the European team as partners.