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General Atlantic hires ex JP Morgan VP as special advisor

1 Feb 2012

Global growth equity firm General Atlantic has appointed former JP Morgan vice president David Topper as a special advisor to the firm.

Topper has nearly 30 years of capital markets and investment banking experience. He will be working closely with GA’s portfolio group as well as GA’s portfolio company management teams on specific projects.

Most recently, Topper was with JP Morgan, where he joined in 2005 as co-head of equity capital markets (ECM). He was chairman of ECM, vice chairman of investment banking and chairman of the commitments committee.

During his time at JP Morgan, Topper led many of the firm’s major advisory and capital raising transactions in the financial institutions, healthcare, media and other sectors.

Prior to joining J.P Morgan, he spent 22 years at Morgan Stanley, where he served as co-head of US ECM, managing director and chairman of the equity commitment committee from 2001 to 2005. Prior to that, he was responsible for equity capital markets coverage of the media and telecom and financial sponsor sectors.

Before joining ECM, he held senior positions in debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and high yield finance.

Topper also serves on the board of the Duke University Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, the board of trustees of the Jewish Museum of New York, the advisory board of Common Sense Media and the board of directors of the Adams Memorial Foundation.

Bill Ford, CEO of General Atlantic, said, “We are extremely pleased to have David join us as a Special Advisor. His extensive experience in the global capital markets will be extremely valuable to us as we work with our portfolio companies on their global growth initiatives and public market strategies.”

GA has taken on a number of high-profile executives to lead the firm in recent times. Last month former Advent International managing director Martin Escobari was also taken on to head the firm’s office in São Paulo.

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