Unigestion, an independent, specialist asset manager, has already deployed over 40 per cent of its second direct private equity fund after closing at over EUR600 million.
Unigestion has continued to build out its direct private equity capabilities to support its growth. It has promoted Pieter-Jan Frederix and Ralph Buchel to Private Equity Partner, reflecting their success at sourcing, executing and exiting investments. In addition, Philipp Scheier, who has over 12 years of buyout experience, has joined the team as a Principal in Zurich, while John Welch recently joined the team as a vice president in Jersey City and Ryan Lim has joined as an analyst in Singapore.
In addition, Unigestion has established an Industry Advisory Board, comprised of senior business leaders, to support its direct investment activity. Ueli Dietiker, a former CFO of Swisscom and CEO of Cablecom, and Richard Peretz, most recently CFO of UPS, have agreed to join this board. Federico Schiffrin, previously a Private Equity Partner in the team, has now transitioned to become a member of this Board, and continues to support Unigestion’s direct investment activity in the US.
Christophe de Dardel, Head of Private Equity, Unigestion, says: “We have built a strong track record of investing in small and mid-market companies over the past 20 years, targeting businesses that are often below the radar of other investors. This is a specialised skill and we are delighted to have achieved our goals with the fundraise for UDII. The quality of the portfolio that we have already built for UDII is testament to our ability to source highly attractive deals in this environment.
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