Palamon Capital bolsters structured finance, IR teams


European private equity firm Palamon Capital Partners has named Philippe Arbour as managing director of structured finance and Antony Barker as director of investor relations and marketing.

Arbour joins Palamon having spent ten years with Lloyds Banking Group, where he worked in a variety of roles spanning trade finance, specialist credit and leveraged finance. Most recently, he was a Director in the leveraged finance & high yield team. In 2006, he was a founding member of the large-cap sponsor coverage and LBO execution team. Between 2010 and 2011 he was seconded to 3i. as a director in its banking team.  He joins following Palamon’s raise of its €210m two-year auxiliary fund.

Barker re-joins Palamon from global placement agent Campbell Lutyens and DMC Partners, where he was an investor relations associate based in London.  Prior to that, he spent five years at Palamon, working across the breadth of investor relations and marketing activities.

The firm is entering a very exciting period as it makes some substantial realisations, executes key re-financings within the portfolio and transacts on its strong pipeline of primary deals and add-on acquisitions.  I am thrilled to be joining such a high-calibre pan-European team.”

Palamon recently announced the sixth exit from its €670m 2006 fund, Palamon European Equity II, with the agreed sale of Cambridge Education Group for a 14.6x return on invested capital, £141m capital gain and 58 per cent IRR. Palamon II to date has generated cash proceeds of €660m and a 3.6x return and 28 per cent IRR on fully realised investments.  Palamon II still has €60m of capital available for investment and 11 high growth companies remaining in its portfolio, including; Retail Decisions, IDH, and OberScharrer Group.

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