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Livingbridge expands new investment team

Livingbridge are pleased to announce the appointment of four new investment team members who will be based throughout its offices in the UK.

Maria Evgeniou joins Livingbridge in London as an Investment Manager. Maria joins after six years at PwC where she was an Assistant Director in their London Corporate Finance Team. During that time she covered public company, private equity and private company transactions across a range of sectors. Over the last two years Maria focussed on the consumer sector, advising on the sale of Lil-Lets, Eveden, Aromatherapy Associates and CarTrawler.

Oliver Mauldridge joins Livingbridge in Manchester as an Investment Manager. Oliver joins Living Bridge after three years at DC Advisory, where he was an Associate Director. During his time at DC Advisory he worked on a number of transactions including Cardtronics Inc’s £41.5m acquisition of Sunwin Services Group from the Co-operative Group and their £8.5m take private of i-Design Group plc. He also advised on the investment in YM Group by Business Growth Fund. Oliver was previously with Barclays and Deloitte.

Simon Peet joins Livingbridge in London as an Associate, after spending two years as a Strategy Consultant at The Parthenon Group – a strategy consulting boutique that was recently acquired by EY. During his time at The Parthenon Group, Simon worked on commercial due diligence, particularly in the Education and Business Services sectors.

Jennifer Stratton joins Livingbridge in London as an Investment Manager. Jennifer joins from FirstCapital Corporation, where she spent two years as a Vice President focused on the internet and technology sectors. Prior to FirstCapital Corporation, Jennifer spent four years in the TMT Investment Banking team at Citi. She has worked on a number of transactions including the sale of ATG Media to ECI, Rotana to News Corp and NetMed to Forthnet.

The new appointments follow the completion of four new investments, one acquisition, follow-on investments in a number of our porfolio companies and four realisations so far this year. Earlier this month Livingbridge won VCT Exit of the Year for CableCom at the recent Unquote Private Equity Awards.

Wol Kolade, Managing Partner, Livingbridge comments:  “We are committed to backing fast-growth entrepreneurial businesses in our core sectors of Business & Financial Services, Consumer Markets, Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Healthcare & Education. These recent appointments enhance the investment teams expertise and build on the new investment and realisation activity that we have experienced over the past few years. We expect this to continue and our commitment to investing in and growing our team and our capability reflects this.”