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Max Römer appointed Chairman of EVCA

The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) has a new Chairman, Max Römer, Founding Partner of Quadriga Capital. He succeeds Anne Glover of Amadeus Capital.

Römer has more than 37 years of private equity experience, including working as Investment Manager in the Asean Department of the German Development Bank DEG; being responsible for the establishment of Citicorp’s buyout operations in Germany; as well as being a founding director of the German private equity and venture capital association, the BVK. He founded Quadriga Capital in 1994 and was a Member of the Board and Executive Committee of the EVCA between 1999 and 2004.

During his tenure, Römer will focus on three key areas: the introduction of a new association brand following a favourable vote by the EVCA membership, to be launched in October 2015; delivery of a single pan-European private equity activity database; and furthering environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices in the industry.

“I am delighted to be taking over the role of Chairman,” says Römer. “The coming year is set to be an exciting time for the association as we undergo a re-brand and build on the recognition of the industry’s contribution to the economy, as described in the EU Capital Market Union initiative. I would like to thank Anne Glover for her unwavering commitment to the EVCA’s development over the last 12 months.

“We are working to deliver a pan-European database containing private equity investment, fundraising, performance and economic impact statistics. This is a joint initiative between the EVCA and Europe’s national private equity associations,” says Römer. “The new system will increase standardisation and deliver a fully comprehensive and non-commercial source of data to support our work in demonstrating the value of private equity’s long-term capital for European economic growth.

“I also look forward to building on the EVCA’s efforts to increase focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. It is a subject of increasing importance for the whole industry at investor, fund manager and portfolio company level. In recent years, private equity, venture capital and infrastructure funds and their investors have come a long way in improving ESG-related processes but there is more to be done.”

Dörte Höppner, EVCA Chief Executive, says: “Max is a highly experienced private equity investor whose career, having started in 1977, spans the lifetime of our industry in Europe. His skills and deep knowledge will provide invaluable support and leadership to our organisation as we move forward with our new brand, progress with our engagement with policymakers and launch the new pan-European database over the coming months. We look forward to working with him and thank Anne Glover for her leadership and dedication over the last year.”

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