Lincoln International Hires Darren Redmayne to Launch London Office

Lincoln International, a leading global mid-market investment bank, is pleased to announce the appointment of Darren Redmayne as Managing Director to found its London office.

Mr. Redmayne will join Lincoln International in January 2008. Once the relevant regulatory authorisations have been received, the firm’s London office will open with an initial team of five investment bankers and will focus on £25-250m transactions. With the addition of the London office, Lincoln International will provide M&A advice to companies and private equity funds throughout the UK, particularly in those sectors that benefit from a truly integrated global approach to transactions. The firm will also provide independent financial advice to management teams and pension scheme trustees.

Redmayne graduated from Cambridge in 1995 and qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in their Corporate Recovery & Reorganisation Services group. In 1998 he joined Close Brothers Corporate Finance as an M&A practitioner; in 2005 he co-founded Close Brothers Financial Sponsors Group and became head of that team in 2006. He also spent two years at Harris Williams & Co. developing cross-border business. Darren brings to Lincoln International strong relationships with the mid-market private equity community, an impressive transaction track record in mid-market deals, and considerable international deal experience.

Hans Peter Peters, Co-Chairman of Lincoln International, commented, After carefully evaluating how to enter the UK market for over 18 months, in Darren we have found the right person to lead our efforts in establishing a strong M&A presence in London.

In developing its UK business, Redmayne will be joined in London by Michael Bottenheim and Robert Satow. Michael has acted as advisor to European and US companies in cross-border M&A for the last 35 years, of which 9 years at Citicorp and 15 years at Lazard. He is a member of the Board of Directors of UPM Kymmene and the Advisory Board of Montrose Associates.

Robert Satow worked for 11 years at Hill Samuel and spent 8 years at Close Brothers prior to joining Lincoln International in 2004 as a Managing Director in the New York office. Robert and Darren overlapped at Close Brothers between 1998 and 2004, where they worked closely together on a number of projects, both client related and franchise building.

As a reflection of the importance of the UK effort and to assure a high degree of access to and integration with the rest of Lincoln International, Co-Chairman Jim Lawson will spend one week per month in London indefinitely. I am making a strong personal commitment of time and energy to building our London office because I believe in the strength and quality of our team, both in London and throughout the Lincoln International organization, said Lawson.

Furthermore, Lincoln International is in serious discussions with other possible senior hires. Several of these discussions are at an advanced stage.

Lincoln International is committed to offering UK clients full local execution capabilities immediately upon opening the office. The execution team will be made up of both locally hired bankers and current Lincoln International bankers transferred from other offices.

Lincoln International has European offices in Frankfurt, Paris and Vienna. These offices are working on more than 50 assignments, of which more than 30 are sell-side transactions. Recent European transactions include:

  • Sale of Armitage Venesta for American Standard to RS Building Products / Barclays Ventures for £85 million (UK)
  • Advising Montagu Private Equity and MPC Partners on the sale of Thermopol International Limited (UK)
  • Providing advice to W.I.Link plc on its take private by SV Investment Partners (UK)
  • Advising BT Group plc on the sale of its electronic manufacturing division to CDR Manufacturing, Inc. (UK)
  • Advising Sagard Private Equity and Cognetas on the Acquisition of Saint-Gobain Desjonquères for 690 million (France)
  • Advising Axa Private Equity on the Acquisition of Diana Ingredients for 710 million (France)
  • Advising Bridgepoint Capital in the sale of Management 2000 to Vebego International N.V. (Germany)
  • Advising Siemens AG in the Sale of Siemens Building Technologies electronic GmbH (SBTe) to HSH N Kapital (Germany)
  • Advising Granville Baird/capital partners and Dirk Schmitt on the sale of Team BS to Randstad Holding (Germany/The Netherlands)

Following the launch of its London office, Lincoln International will have seven offices: Chicago, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Vienna.

About Lincoln International

Lincoln International specializes in merger and acquisition services and private capital raising for leading organizations involved in mid-market transactions. With offices in Chicago, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Vienna, and strategic partnerships with China Everbright and other partner firms in Asia, Lincoln International has strong local knowledge and contacts in the key global economies. The organization provides clients with senior-level attention, in-depth industry expertise, and integrated resources. By being focused and independent, Lincoln International serves its clients without conflicts of interest. More information about Lincoln International can be obtained at www.lincolninternational.com.