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Northleaf adds MD to business development team in London

Private markets investment firm Northleaf Capital Partners (Northleaf) has appointed Sophia Damianou as Managing Director, Business Development, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). 

In her new role, Damianou will lead Northleaf’s business development and investor relations activities from the firm’s London office, further developing relationships with institutional investors, consultants and advisors across the EMEA region. 

“We are delighted to welcome Sophia to the Northleaf team,” says Jeff Pentland, Managing Director and Head of Business Development at Northleaf. “As our first London-based business development executive, Sophia brings the content-driven, consultative fundraising and relationship-building expertise that will be integral to the ongoing expansion of our activities in Europe.” 

Prior to joining Northleaf, Damianou was most recently with CapeView Capital, a London-based alternative asset manager, where she was Director of Marketing with global sales coverage responsibility across all of the company’s products. Previously, Damianou managed the business development strategy for new markets in the EMEA region at Mesirow Financial, an international financial services firm. Damianou began her career on the capital introductions team at Credit Suisse. Sophia holds an MBA (Finance) from Columbia Business School and an MSc (Law and Economics) from the London School of Economics. 

Northleaf recently announced that it had raised additional capital for its global private mid-market investment program and now manages more than USD12 billion in private equity, private credit and infrastructure commitments on behalf of institutional and family office investors in Canada, Europe, the United States and Asia. Northleaf’s team includes more than 130 professionals across offices in Toronto, Montreal, London, New York, Chicago, Menlo Park and Melbourne. Northleaf’s global portfolio includes more than 350 active investments in 34 countries, with a focus on mid-market companies and assets. 

“I am excited to further develop Northleaf’s footprint in Europe and the Middle East, and to execute the firm’s customised, high-end client servicing strategy,” says Damianou. “This is a very compelling opportunity to enhance Northleaf’s position as a top-calibre institutional asset manager world-wide.” 

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