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Laura Wathen

Investment team

Laura.wathen@livingbridge.com

"It is a privilege to work alongside high potential management teams and empower them to create meaningful value in their businesses."

I work in the new investments team at Livingbridge. My role is to identify exciting companies with strong growth prospects for us to partner with to deliver value through investment, and then work to make that a reality.

Private equity feels like a natural home after a career spent on “all sides” of the table – I have variously been advisor, investor and investee. This has given me a first hand understanding, and a huge amount of respect, for management teams as they embark on the exciting but challenging journey following an investment in their business.

After graduating from Oxford University I spent five years in investment banking, focusing on UK quoted M&A advisory. I then moved corporate-side as the finance director of a high growth Italian fashion accessories house. While running a private equity process there, I discovered a passion for investment (and expensive shoes!), so I followed this into an investment role at the Pentland Group, one of the UK’s largest privately held investment groups with a focus on fashion and sports. 

Outside of work I love to spend time with my baby daughter, and remember fondly when I had time for other activities.