13 May OpCapita appoints Director of Investor Relations and a new Associate
London, 13 May 2015: OpCapita LLP, the European private equity firm, today announces the appointment of Caroline Crowley to the newly created role of Director of Investor Relations and the appointment of Javier Gonzalez as an Associate.
Caroline joined OpCapita this week and will be responsible for the creation of an investor relations function as OpCapita grows its funds under management. In this role, her key responsibilities will be investor relations, marketing and supporting OpCapita’s fundraising activities, reporting to Henry Jackson, Chief Executive of OpCapita.
Prior to joining OpCapita, Caroline spent over four years at J.P. Morgan in London, where she was most recently an Associate in the Alternative Investments Group. She began her career in institutional equities sales at J.P. Morgan and has a broad knowledge of European primary and secondary markets.
Javier Gonzalez also joins OpCapita as an Associate where he will be engaged in the evaluation and execution of new investments as well as in the monitoring and implementation of operational initiatives at OpCapita’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining OpCapita, Javier was an Associate at PineBridge Investments in London where he focused on analysing, structuring and monitoring primary and secondary private equity investments. Javier also gained experience in the M&A advisory team at Deloitte in Spain where he covered a broad range of industry sectors and transaction structures.
Henry Jackson, Chief Executive of OpCapita, commented: “Over the last year, OpCapita has increased its engagement with the investor community as a result of closing our first dedicated fund and, as a result, we feel the time is now right to take on a dedicated resource to establish an investor relations function. I am delighted to welcome Caroline to our team in London and believe that she will be a great asset as we seek to serve both our existing investor base and raise further private equity funds.
I would like to also welcome Javier to our investment team. Javier’s deal-based and leadership experience, gained in both Spain and the UK, will prove invaluable as we continue to seek investment opportunities across the European consumer, retail and leisure sectors, with the aim of creating long-term, sustainable value for our investors.”
OpCapita closed its first dedicated fund, OpCapita Consumer Opportunities Fund LP, at the end of 2014. The Fund has so far made two investments: NKD, the German discount clothing retailer which it acquired in March 2014 and La Sirena Alimentación Congelada, the leading frozen food retailer in Spain, which it acquired in December 2014. In June 2014, OpCapita successfully refinanced BUT, the French furniture and consumer electronics retailer it has owned since 2008. Game Digital, which OpCapita acquired out of administration in 2012, floated on the London Stock Exchange in June 2014 and has now entered the FTSE 250.