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Franklin Templeton PE arm Darby bolsters team

26 Mar 2012

Darby Overseas Investments, the private equity arm of Franklin Templeton, has expanded its emerging market investor relations and CEE-focused financing teams with the appointment of two new hires.

Scott Gregory was appointed managing director and will be responsible for seeking new or expanded commitments to Darby’s portfolio of emerging markets private equity funds.

Gregory reports to David Mathewson, senior managing director, and is based in Franklin Templeton’s New York office.

Arkadiusz Podziewski was appointed principal and head of Darby’s Warsaw office, and is responsible for origination and execution of mezzanine and minority equity investments, primarily in Poland but also in the Baltics and Ukraine.

Podziewski will also focus on supporting and further developing Darby’s operations and funds in Central and Eastern Europe, which are managed by teams based in Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw, and Istanbul.

Podziewski will report to Nicholas Kabcenell, managing director based in Budapest, and Robert Graffam, senior managing director based in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining Darby, Gregory worked in institutional sales of private equity and hedge funds at Knight Capital Partners and at Mallory Capital Group as managing director of institutional sales and business development.

Podziewski comes to Darby from Innova Capital where he spent nine years, most recently as partner, working on buy-out and growth capital transactions in Poland and Central Eastern Europe.

Darby also recently announced that its Brazil Mezzanine Infrastructure Fund has invested R$58m ($30m) in Bioenergy Geradora de Energia and R$58m in Produman Engenharia.

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