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  • René Abate

    Senior Advisor

    Jérôme Berthiau

    Investment Manager

    Jeanne Brejon de Lavergnée

    Investment Manager

    Zoé Connault

    Investment Associate

    Edouard de La Rochefoucauld

    Principal

    Andrew Didham

    Senior Advisor

    Dominic Hollamby

    Senior Advisor

    Martin Hook

    Co-Managing Partner of Direct Lending

    Nathan Israel

    Investment Analyst

    Arnaud Le Coguic

    Director

    Raoul Mahler

    Director

    Dominic Nadeau

    Senior Legal Counsel

    Scott Newman

    Investment Analyst

    Charlie Parton

    Head of Finance, Direct Lending

    Rene Poisson

    Senior Advisor

    Shiqi Shan

    Investment Manager

    Marlof Tjaden

    Director

    Edouard Veber

    Co-Managing Partner of Direct Lending

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    René Abate

    Senior Advisor

    René is a Senior Advisor of Rothschild & Co, a member of the Advisory Committees of FAPI I, FAPI II, FACS and FADL.

    Prior to joining Rothschild & Co, René worked for 30 years at The Boston Consulting Group ('BCG'). He served as Head of France from 1985 to 1990, Chairman of BCG Europe from 1990 to 1997, was Executive Committee member of BCG worldwide from 1988 to 2004, and remains a Senior Advisor to BCG.

    René is also a member of the Board of Directors of Laboratoire Français des Biotechnologies, Chair of the Compensation Committee, a Managing Director of Delphen Sarl and an observer on the Board of Socotec. He is Chairman of the the Cernuschi Museum Société des Amis. Previously he sat on the Board of Directors of Carrefour and Atos for seven years. He is Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.

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    Jérôme Berthiau

    Investment Manager

    Prior to joining Direct Lending in 2016, Jérôme was an Analyst at Société Générale CIB, where he worked in European Leveraged Finance for 2 years.

    Jérôme graduated with a Master of Science in Corporate Finance from EDHEC Business School.

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    Jeanne Brejon de Lavergnée

    Investment Manager

    Prior to joining Direct Lending in 2015, Jeanne worked at Weinberg Capital Partners, a Private Equity fund focused on Leveraged Buyouts in Paris. Her previous work experience also includes a position in the TMT Equity Research Team at Natixis.

    Jeanne graduated from ESCP Europe and holds a Master degree in Finance from University Paris Dauphine.

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    Zoé Connault

    Investment Associate

    Prior to joining Direct Lending in 2020, Zoé was an associate at Deutsche Bank in Debt Capital Markets. 

    Zoé graduated with an MSc in Management from HEC Paris.

     

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    Edouard de La Rochefoucauld

    Principal

    Prior to joining Direct Lending in 2017, Edouard worked for three years as a Senior Associate in the European Direct Lending team of Ares Management. He previously worked in the Leveraged Finance Origination team of Mizuho Bank in London and in the Private Equity practice of Quilvest in New York and London.  

    Edouard is a graduate from EM Lyon Business School.

     

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    Andrew Didham

    Senior Advisor

    Andrew is a member of Direct Lending Advisory Committee and the Vice Chairman of Rothschild & Co with specific responsibility for the oversight of risk and regulation.

    Until 2014, he served as a member of Rothschild & Co's Group Management Committee and was, until 2012, the Group's Finance Director.

    As a longstanding member of Rothschild & Co general management, Andrew has served on all of the various local boards in each of the group's banking businesses.

    He remains a member of the board of N.M. Rothschild & Sons Limited in the UK.

    Andrew joined Rothschild & Co in 1997 after a 19-year career with KPMG.

    Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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    Dominic Hollamby

    Senior Advisor

    Dominic is a member of the Advisory Committees of FAPI, FACS  and FADL and the Executive Vice Chairman of Rothschild & Co's Global Advisory division in London and its Global Head of Healthcare.

    Dominic has a long track record of completed healthcare-related financing transactions and has advised a number of private equity funds.

    Dominic joined Rothschild & Co in 1998 from Andersen where he was a Partner and spent a year seconded to HM Treasury and the Department of Health, establishing the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) within the UK's National Health Service. 

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    Martin Hook

    Co-Managing Partner of Direct Lending

    Martin co-leads Direct Lending and heads its investment team in London. Martin is a member of the Investment Committees of FACS, FADL and R&Co CM (Europe).

    Prior to launching Direct Lending, Martin was a Partner at Indigo Capital LLP, a leading independent, pan-European mezzanine fund, which he joined at its inception in 1999. He previously worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, where he was a member of the European mezzanine team and was also involved in executing a number of private equity investments. 

    Martin is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.

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    Nathan Israel

    Investment Analyst

    Prior to joining Direct Lending in 2019, Nathan completed internships at Apax Partners MidMarket and in the M&A division of Société Générale. Nathan graduated with an MSc in Corporate Finance from EDHEC Business School.

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    Arnaud Le Coguic

    Director

    Prior to joining Direct Lending in 2014, Arnaud was a Vice President at Highbridge Principal Strategies Mezzanine Fund which he joined in 2010. He previously worked in the European Private Equity team of Bain Capital and in the Private Equity Practice of Bain & Company. 

    Arnaud holds a Master degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique.

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    Raoul Mahler

    Director

    Prior to joining Direct Lending in 2015, Raoul was an Investment Manager at European Capital in Paris where he was involved in private debt and private equity situations. He previously worked in the Leveraged Finance team of BNP Paribas CIB, with experiences in Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo.

    Raoul is a graduate from ESSEC Business School and holds a BA in Philosophy.

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    Dominic Nadeau

    Senior Legal Counsel

    Dominic is involved in all Merchant Banking legal matters and more specifically on FACS, FADL and FAPI. 

    Prior to joining Merchant Banking in 2014, Dominic worked within the banking and finance practice of Clifford Chance in London and Paris, which he joined in 2007 and where he focused on Leveraged Finance. He had previously worked in the corporate and finance practice of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg in Montreal.

    Dominic is qualified as an English law solicitor and a civil law avocat with the Quebec bar, and holds a law degree from Laval University.

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    Scott Newman

    Investment Analyst

    Prior to joining Direct Lending in 2018, Scott completed internships at Oxford Capital (focused on infrastructure investments) and at HSBC M&A in London.

    Scott is a graduate of the University of Oxford with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

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    Charlie Parton

    Head of Finance, Direct Lending

    Prior to joining Direct Lending in 2019, Charlie spent three years as Head of Fund Control at Pantheon Ventures. He previously held a variety of finance and operational roles within the Private Equity and Multi-Asset teams at Janus Henderson Investors and Development Partners International.

    Charlie is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and a CFA Charterholder.

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    Rene Poisson

    Senior Advisor

    Rene is a member of the Direct Lending Advisory Committees.

    Rene joined Rothschild & Co in 2012 from JP Morgan where he spent 30 years. He latterly was responsible for the running of the EMEA Credit Risk Organisation and has been involved in the origination of investment grade, sub-investment grade and complex situational credits, as well as corporate restructuring and Risk Management at the most senior level. Rene also chaired the Watch Committee, and was a member of the Underwriting and Equity Commitments Committees. He was also a member of the investment committee of the Global Special Opportunities Group.

    Rene now holds a number of non-executive positions including Chair of the JP Morgan UK Pension Plan, Director of the USS scheme and Chair of its Remuneration Committee, Chair of the Independent Governance Committee for Standard Life's UK Workplace personal pensions business and Director of the Standard Life Master.

    Rene is a lawyer by training.

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    Shiqi Shan

    Investment Manager

    Prior to joining Direct Lending in 2015, Shiqi was an Associate at Citigroup, where she worked on Private Equity coverage and Leveraged Finance for over three years.

    Shiqi graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a BSc in Mathematics and Economics.

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    Marlof Tjaden

    Director

    Prior to joining Direct Lending in 2018, Marlof was a Director at the global credit fund of Generation Investment Management. Previously he worked for Nordic Mezzanine (a pan-European mezzanine fund) and in the leveraged finance teams of Barclays and NIBC.

    Marlof holds a MSc is Business Administration (Finance and Accounting) from Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

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    Edouard Veber

    Co-Managing Partner of Direct Lending

    Edouard co-leads Direct Lending and heads its investment team in Paris. He is a member of the FACS and FADL Investment Committees.

    Prior to launching Direct Lending, Edouard was an Executive Director at JP Morgan in the Global Special Opportunities Group based in London, where he had been the co-manager of the European activities since 2007. Before starting the debt investment activities within the Special Opportunities Group in 2005, Edouard worked in M&A and in Capital Structure Advisory at JP Morgan in London.

    Edouard is a graduate of the University Paris Dauphine and holds a Master degree from Brandeis University. 

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