04 Feb OpCapita announces Promotions and New Hire

OpCapita, the European private equity firm, today announces the promotion of two members of the firm and the appointment of an Associate.

OpCapita announces the promotion of two of its core investment team members. Chris McDermott has been promoted to Principal while Marie Guyot has been promoted to Investment Manager. These promotions recognise the continued commitment and achievements of both Chris and Marie in driving forward the investments made by OpCapita.

Helen Gaffney also joins OpCapita as an Associate from Moelis & Company, where she was most recently an M&A Advisory Analyst covering a broad range of industry sectors and transactions. During her time at Moelis, Helen was recognised as a top-ranked analyst among her peer group and has significant deal-based and leadership experience from her time at the firm.

Henry Jackson, Managing Partner and CEO of OpCapita, commented: “I am delighted to announce the promotions of Chris and Marie and to welcome Helen to our team in London. We are focused on continuing to build our core team of private equity specialists as we seek investment opportunities across the European consumer, retail and leisure sectors. OpCapita is an active investor and seeks to deliver genuine improvements in operational management of companies; creating long-term, sustainable value. To continue to drive the business forward, we are focused on attracting and retaining the best talent.”

The promotions and appointment follow a period of increased activity at OpCapita, with the successful refinancing of BUT in June 2014 and with OpCapita Consumer Opportunities Fund making two investments: in NKD, the German discount clothing retailer in March 2014 and in La Sirena Alimentación Congelada, the leading frozen food retailer in Spain, in December 2014. One of OpCapita’s earlier investments, Game Digital, floated on the London Stock Exchange in June 2014 and has now entered the FTSE 250.