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Palamon appoints MD of structured finance and director of investor relations and marketing

Palamon Capital Partners has appointed of Philippe Arbour as managing director of structured finance and Antony Barker as director of investor relations and marketing.

Arbour joins Palamon having spent ten years with Lloyds Banking Group, where he worked in a variety of roles spanning trade finance, specialist credit and leveraged finance. Most recently, he was a director in the leveraged finance and high yield team. Between 2010 and 2011 he was seconded to 3i as a director in its banking team. 
Barker re-joins Palamon from global placement agent Campbell Lutyens and DMC Partners, where he was an investor relations associate based in London.  Prior to that, he spent five years at Palamon, working across the breadth of investor relations and marketing activities. 
Louis Elson, managing partner of Palamon Capital Partners, says: “We could not be more delighted to welcome Philippe and welcome back Antony.  Each is a consummate professional who brings talent and expertise to our team. Both share the high standards for excellence for which Palamon has become known. Importantly, Philippe has worked with a wide range of private equity deal sizes and structures during his career at Lloyds as well as inside 3i which makes him perfectly suited to Palamon’s signature range of mid-market transactions.  Antony returns to us having gained invaluable experience which will widen our perspective and enhance our ability to support our investors.”
Arbour says: “I am very pleased to be joining Palamon following the raise of its innovative EUR210 million, two-year auxiliary fund. The Firm is entering a very exciting period as it makes some substantial realisations, executes key re-financings within the portfolio and transacts on its strong pipeline of primary deals and add-on acquisitions.  I am thrilled to be joining such a high-calibre pan-European team.”
Barker says: “I am delighted to be back at Palamon.  The portfolio is in great condition and the Firm’s track record is getting even stronger.  Palamon has maintained robust support from a dedicated core of sophisticated investors during a period of uncertainty in the European markets.  But there are now clear signs of a resurging appetite for European private equity managers as the perception of the region improves and investors look to re-balance their allocations.  We will be well positioned for our future return to the market.”

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